Pastor Chris & Mrs. Cheryl have both been serving God since they were very young. Pastor Chris received the call to ministry at age 17 and shortly after enrolled at Christ For the Nations Institute. Upon graduation from bible School he served in a variety of roles at multiple churches, focusing primarily on ministry to youth and children.
In 1997 Pastor Chris married his beautiful bride. That same year they planted their first church in Arlington, TX. After serving as senior pastors there for several years, they felt God calling them to step back from the ministry for a season and focus on their family. They have 2 amazing children Jeremiah and Elisabeth.
The Isaac family joined New life in 2006 serving in a variety of areas including youth, children's, media and foreign missions. In September of 2012 they were asked to serve by the elders as interim pastors, a position that became permanent later that year.
Pastor Chris' desire is to fulfill his role in Ephesians 4:11-13
"To prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up..."
With that in mind, it's his desire that we all experience a deeper walk with the Lord, so that God's purposes may be fulfilled both in our individual lives, and in the world around us.
Cheri grew up in Lumberton, Texas in a family that loved Jesus. She gave her heart to God at a young age but it was in her teen years that she learned that loving Jesus made her truly love people. Cheri is a graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and has a Bachelor of Administration Degree. She has been in ministry for over 20 years. Her heart beats for people (especially teenagers) and seeing them connect with the love God has for them.
Her vision for BreakAway Youth Ministry is to raise up a generation that lives passionately for the One True God that is passionate about them; to Break Away From The Crowd and be His light in their schools, families, jobs and to all the world. Following the Vision of New Life, BreakAway Youth Ministry offers a place for teenagers to believe in the love Jesus has for them, a place to belong knowing they are accepted and a place to become the men and women God has designed them to be.
Pastor Joe has twenty five years in ministry and over twenty years in Men's Ministry. Joe has an associates degree in substance abuse counseling and a bachelors degree in Theology, and is certified in both belief and restorative counseling. He has over 30 years experience in counseling and was the administrative director of the Potter's Wheel Counseling center in Lumberton, Texas. His experience makes him uniquely qualified to lead men. He understands their temperaments and attitudes. Joe understands the times and seasons in the lives of men he works with. His greatest desire is to help men reach the greatest potential God has for them!
Polly Chapman - Women's Pastor
Mark & Michelle Harris - Children's Pastors
Mark & Michelle were married on January 4, 1986. They are self employed business owners of a successful car repair shop in Vidor. They have 3 boys and enjoy spending time with their family dirt car racing, camping, and having fun outdoors!
The Harris' have pastored our Children's ministry for the past 10 years,