Rich Gregory grew up in a pastor's home in Michigan and was saved at a young age. His early life context was the local church, which is where he first began to develop a love for the people of God as well as seeing the Word of God do its work in hearts. It was from these formative ministry experiences that Rich began to see the Lord develop in his heart a desire for full time pastoral ministry which led him to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Bible at Bob Jones University followed by a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching at The Master's Seminary.
Having served as a pastor since 2010 and as John MacArthur's Pastoral Assistant for eight of those years, it was Rich's joy to serve the people of God and to see them grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ. Since 2014, Rich also served in management at The Master's Seminary as the Senior Vice President for Administration. It was because of his desire to devote himself to the "ministry of the Word" (Acts 6:4) that Rich departed from GCC and TMS in 2020 to become the Pastor-Teacher of New Community Church in Wildwood, MO.
Rich's desire is to faithfully explain the Word of God to the people of God so that they might know the mind of God. As Ephesians 4:12 states, he believes it is through the ministry of God's Word that the body of Christ is built up and the people of the church are equipped for the work of the ministry. Ultimately, it is his passion to serve the church in this way and to see "every person made complete in Christ" (Col. 1:28).
Rich and his wife, Michelle, have been married since 2006 and currently reside in the Wildwood area with three young children.
Pastor Marshall is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute, Trinity College and has attended Trinity Seminary in Deerfield, IL. The original goal for his life was to become a professional musician. Shortly after realizing his dream, he discovered that having “arrived” did not bring the joy or the fulfillment that he 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 Lord’s Word and teaching it accurately.
Jerry’s passion for assisting people to comprehend and apply God’s Word through the vehicle of expository teaching is best articulated in Nehemiah 8:8, "They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was being read."
Pastor Marshall has over three decades of ministry experience. Through these years, Cynthia, his wife has faithfully served beside him as his life partner and gifted participant to the overall ministry. Together, they have three sons who are married and raising their own families.
Pastor Marshall is a gifted communicator who is dedicated to teaching God’s Word one verse at a time
Pastor of Administration | Staff Elder
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.
Minister to Students
Drew lived most of his life in the Sunshine State, Florida. He grew up in a great Christian home, but it wasn’t until later in high school that Drew finally understood that being a Christian was more than just a religion; it is a daily relationship. He attended Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, Florida. It wasn’t until the summer in between the second and third year at Clearwater that Drew realized God was calling him into student ministry. He realized this calling while doing an internship with the student ministry at Heritage Baptist Church. Drew began to pursue his desire to serve the Lord in a full-time ministry capacity. He served as a youth pastor and worship leader at Faith Community Church in Seminole, Florida. It was there that Drew met his lovely wife Kelsey. They got married in December of 2017. They moved to Granbury, TX where they worked at a Christian International boarding school as house parents to 8 high school girls. While at the school, Drew was the assistant campus youth pastor, worship leader, and coached a few sports. Drew and Kelsey are excited to see lives changed within the church to the glory of God. They are thrilled to see how God will use them in this role to serve the students of New Community Church by bringing God glory, making disciples, and sharing God’s love.
Erik has been a part of the NCC family for many years with a short break away as he pursued his studies at UMKC and began practicing dentistry. During this time Erik married Callie and they have had four children; Caris, Emma, Ezra and Cooper. Erik has had a passion for the Word of God and a heart for ministry while pursuing his academic and career goals that has continued to take shape during this season of his life. We are excited to support Erik and have him join our team as he prepares for ministry. Erik is pursuing his Masters in Divinity while practicing dentistry and serving as our pastoral intern with a focus on our Foundations Family Ministry. Please welcome Erik as he serves our Sunday school teachers and leads some of our other ministry events.
Virginia started attending New Community Church in 2014 when she moved to St. Louis after college. She attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Business. She has previously worked for a dental office, and is actively involved in the R3 ministry in East St. Louis. She has been blessed to see, first hand, the work that God is doing in our church, and knows that God will use this role to grow her closer to Him.
Diane has been attending NCC since 1995. Her heart is bent towards young children and their parents, and she has enjoyed serving in our Nursery Ministry for the past 26 years. Diane came to a saving faith through Jesus Christ at the age of 32 and has been blessed to have solid biblical teaching and training at New Community Church. She serves on the Leadership Team of NCC’s Friday Bible Study program and values the time spent with other woman studying God’s word, developing close relationships, and praying with and for one another. Diane is married to Rich Barthelmass, who is one of NCC’s deacons and ushers. Together they have three children, Nick, Blake & Alayna, as well as their daughter-in-law, Cara. She is also very proud to be “Gigi” to their granddaughter, Lyla.