We exist to
touch the world 

through our community.

Our purpose is to see people come back to life, to build relationships and create an environment so that others can find their purpose and fulfill their destiny.


"By opening up our hearts to the Word of God and to one another in the spirit of brotherly love and fellowship, our needs are met practically in a sweet, encouraging, and refreshing way."  1 Corinthians 14:26

meet our pastors

Our pastors have the vision to reach the world through our community of Opelika, Alabama and the surrounding areas. They desire to light a spark in each and every person they come in contact with, through the love of Jesus Christ, to see that they meet their God-given potential.

In 1995, Pastors John and Amanda Brogdon met on a blind date. John was running away from God, and Amanda had never known Him. After a chance encounter in the summer of 1998, both accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. Married since the summer of 1998, they have two teenage sons, Ari and Eli.

Pastor John was moved by God during the summer of 2012 to lead. In January 2013, Connect Church, formerly New Covenant Fellowship, began under the leadership of Pastor John and Pastor Amanda. 

After moving to Opelika from Smiths Station in 2019, Connect Church sold its property and started meeting at New Life Christian Center. A building fund has been set up and all are looking forward to the next permanent location of Connect Church.

The two pastors graduated from El Shaddai Theological Seminary and Pastor John also graduated from Columbus State University. Connect Church is birthed out of El Shaddai World Outreach, founded by Dr. Robert and Linda Brogdon, based on a vision to train ministers across the globe.

Desiring for More

Check out Pastor Amanda's blog!

"Let's start a journey to desire more together."


Bama Pickin' & Grinnin'

Follow along with Pastor John and the family as they search for the best deals at garage sales, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets.