After living for the first thirty years of his life in self-righteousness John was brought to salvation by the gracious conviction of the Holy Spirit in July 1973. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Industrial Management, he started a sales career, which has spanned over forty-three years. He currently is the Sales Manager at his company. John has served as an elder at two churches with the last fifteen years at New Community. He oversees the Benevolence, Greeter, and Facilities Ministries. He enjoys spending time with his wife Carol traveling, reading, building primitive country furniture, and gardening. He is also kept busy with his four grown children and eleven grandchildren.
Chesley was brought up in a religious tradition that did not teach the Bible faithfully. Shortly after marrying Linda he began hearing about his desperate state as a sinner and need for the Savior from two different men. In the same week he received Bibles from both of them. Through reading the Gospel of Matthew God brought him to the point of recognizing his sin, and his need of repentance and to trust exclusively in what Jesus Christ did in paying the penalty of death for his sins on the cross. Presently he is the elder overseeing the men’s and women’s ministries, the small group ministry and security ministry. The passion of his life is to teach the word of God which he does in Equip, a small group, and in other formal and informal venues. Chesley has been a printer by trade for 38 years. He and his wife Linda have 2 daughters and three grandchildren.
Pat was raised in Vicksburg, Mississippi with his five older sisters and two loving parents. He graduated from the US Air Force Academy with an engineering degree and later completed his Master’s at the University of Northern Colorado. Pat was privileged to serve as an Air Force officer, and during one assignment, was able to return to the Academy as a football coach. Despite attaining many of his goals and dreams through hard work and religious devotion Pat remained unfulfilled. As a potential source of hope he opened the Bible at age twenty-six, and was changed forever while reading “the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). Currently he is a sales director in the healthcare industry. As an elder at New Community Church Pat oversees the Children’s Ministry. He and his wife, Aimee, have four elementary and middle school aged children.
Jerry is the pastor/teacher at NCC. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Trinity College, and has attended Trinity Seminary in Deerfield, Illinois. Originally his life goal was to become a professional musician, but shortly after fulfilling that dream, he discovered that it did not bring the joy or the fulfillment that he had anticipated. Through a series of providentially arranged circumstances, he came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Since that time, he has been passionate about knowing the Word of God and teaching it accurately which has led to his 32 years of ministry experience. Through these years Cindy, his wife of 39 years, has faithfully served beside him as his life partner and gifted participant to his ministry. Together they have three sons who are married, and raising their own families.
Alan was blessed to have been raised in a Christian family that has instilled in him the importance of God’s word and His love. Alan’s love and knowledge for the Lord has deepened greatly since his arrival at NCC in 2005 where he received sound instruction, and found godly people to love, grow with, and imitate. By day Alan works for a software solutions company, and by night (and weekends) he serves in the Body of Christ as a worship leader, and elder over Students, Finance, and IT ministries. He shares the elders' passion to see our people built up in their faith, and ultimately glorify God in their lives. It has been Alan’s pleasure and unwarranted privilege to be married to his wife Jodi for over two decades. Jodi and Alan have been blessed with 3 children: Joshua, Nathan, and Grace.
Marty was 20 years old when he was saved by the grace of God. He not only lived with two close friends who witnessed to him on a daily basis, but he also began reading the Bible. Not long after that Marty was confronted with his sins, and asked for God’s forgiveness. Because Marty was brought up in a Jewish home, his family members were not at all excited about his new beliefs; but that didn’t stop his relatives from noticing how serious he was about his faith. After his conversion he started attending a Bible Institute to prepare for ministry. Currently Marty is the Director of Midwest Messianic Center, which is an organization that focuses on communicating the gospel to the Jewish community. He also has the privilege of being the elder over Missions, the bookstore, and the library at NCC.The Lord has blessed Marty with a Godly wife, Bev, five children, and two grandchildren.