Calvary Chapel Kampala (CCK) is a church planted and founded by a number of missionaries from the USA, who came in 2002 with Far Reaching Ministries, including Brian Kelly and Josh Carlson. Due to a season of rapid growth, CCK started a campus in Kololo during 2009. The Kololo Campus attracted some families who began to worship there consistently and exclusively. Josh Carlson became Kololo’s Campus Pastor.
In April 2011, Brian Kelly left Uganda to serve at Maranatha Chapel, San Diego, California, and Josh Carlson became Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Kampala, retaining his role as campus pastor at Kololo, with Brian Kanyike appointed as campus pastor for “City Centre”.
During a fundraising tour by Josh Carlson to the USA for six months in 2013, Nigel Harding was invited and accepted to be the Interim Pastor at the Kololo campus, which lasted six months until Josh Carlson’s return to Kampala in October 2013, when he announced his calling to serve God as a missionary to the people of the UK. Once CCK’s Board had appointed a new Senior Pastor, Zeddie Muzungu, The question was then posed as to what should happen to Kololo.
Nigel Harding was invited by the Executive Team of CCK to be Pastor of the Kololo congregation with the intended purpose of converting the campus into an autonomous church; and so the proceedings began with his installation as Senior Pastor and the simultaneous inauguration of Kololo as a church, on 29 December 2013. On 23 February 2014 the church was given its own name, One Life Church.
One Life is now legally and financially autonomous and independently led. The unique calling and purpose of One Life in the city of Kampala and the nation of Uganda continues to be explored and her culture is forming in keeping with this.