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, and the 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.
Mark was brought up in a home with periodic, but inconsistent, church attendance at theologically moderate churches. At age 16, his family started to attend a baptist church in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he first heard the gospel. In the spring of 1994, after being challenged for several months through the church's youth group, Mark surrendered his life to Jesus Christ, accepting what He did on the cross as the only penalty for sin. He publicly professed his faith in Christ when baptized a year later. Mark went off to college at Texas A&M University, where he began to serve in various ministry roles while getting his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and a Master's in Financial Management. Mark met his wife, Sara, at A&M and they were married in 2002. In 2005, Mark briefly suspended his accounting career to get a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Southwestern Seminary. In 2007, Mark and his family moved to St. Louis and started attending New Community Church. He was installed as an elder in July of 2015 and currently oversees counseling and Sparrow ministries. Mark and Sara have three kids: Lucy, Nate, and Cole.
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, Aimée, have four middle and high school aged children.
Pastor Tim joined the full-time staff of NCC in January 2018 and serves as co-pastor of teaching & preaching. Over the course of his first two years he will transition into the role of lead teaching & preaching pastor. Tim, his wife Valarie and two girls (Carly and Molly) came to NCC in 2010, but left for 3 years as he started a church in the Fenton area. They have been back since 2014 and he has served as an elder since 2015. During the transition, he will lead the church's outreach & missions ministry along with overseeing small groups and assimilation. Tim’s desire is to see the Word of God and Spirit of God bring change to the lives of believers and draw those apart from God into a saving relationship with Jesus. He enjoys preparing messages that communicate the timeless truths of God’s Word and then explaining how those truths can be lived out here and now. In his free time he follows the Cardinals closely and has a love/hate relationship with running.
Doug has been attending New Community Church since its second week of inception in 1989. He was newly divorced with five kids: four boys and a girl. New Community Church was instrumental in restoring Doug and his five children to spiritual health. Doug says, "the impact of the leadership and the members in this body cannot be overstated." He met his wife, Lynn, five years after he started attening NCC. She was also a single parent, and she had three kids. They met through a ministry called Fresh Start that ministered to Christians experiencing divorce. They dated for a few years, all the while thinking through the ramifications of blending a family of eight children, including where to attend church, as Lynn was a member of another church at the time. Doug and Lynn were married in April 1997, and are currently empty-nesters. Their 13th grandchild is due at the end of 2018. Doug retired from the post office in January 2016, after a 39 year career. He has lead small groups on and off over the years, as well as the college and career ministry for 10 plus years. Doug says, "having crawled into this church a very broken man, with five hurting children, almost 30 years ago, I am overwhelmed at the kindness and faithfulness of God to allow me to be serving now as one of the elders. I consider it a very serious responsibility, as do all of the elders and we covet your prayers."
Jeremiah was born and raised in the "Big Sky Country," Montana. He grew up in a great Christian home and attended church every time the doors were open. But it was not until college that God graciously intervened in his life and convicted him of his rebellion against God. While studying business management in college, he began to have a desire to serve the Lord in a full-time capacity. After college he moved to Montgomery, TX, where he served at a church for nearly two years before moving to Los Angeles, CA, to pursue a M. Div. from The Master's Seminary. While in seminary, Jeremiah served as a Pastoral Assistant in the high school ministry of Grace Community Church and was the Director for Regeneration Summer Camp. Jeremiah came to NCC as the Minister of Students in August 2011. He has since taken on the responsibility of church administration in December 2012. He was then installed as an elder in May of 2015 and oversees the overall administration of the church including leading the staff, finance, communications and Equip classes. Jeremiah understands his ministry to be a mercy of God and considers it a great privilege to give his life for Christ's church. Jeremiah and his wife, Courtney, were married in 2009 and have four children, Noah, Hudson, Colette and Adalynn.
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. In the workplace, Alan enjoys his role as a leader in a software development firm. At NCC, Alan leads both the college ministry ("Link") and the music ministry, and oversees the student ministry ("Ascend"). 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.