Pastor-Teacher | Staff Elder
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.
Pastor of Discipleship and Connections
Alex was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, into a godly family that exemplified a faithful Christian life. Although he hearned a B.A./B.S. in Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh with the intent of pursuing a career in academia, the Lord used a season in inner-city San Francisco to draw his heart to pastoral ministry.
Alex completed his M. Div. at The Master's Seminary and served in a variety of ministry roles before the Lord brought him to New Community Church. His greatest passions are equipping saints for local church ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16) and overseas missions (Matthew 29:18-20).
Alex's greatest blessing, besides knowing Christ, is being married to his better half, Cindy.
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.
Sunday School Director
Matt was raised in a strong Christian home and as a son of an Air Force officer, he enjoyed living in different states before a longer residency in California. In 2005 at Master’s University Matt met his future wife Ashley and in time they were graced by God with five gifts (Psalm 127:3): Reese, Allie, Quinn, Colt and London. After obtaining his California teaching credential, Matt spent twelve rewarding years as a teacher at Trinity Classical Academy in Santa Clarita. In the classroom, he interacted with upper elementary, middle school, and high school students and later took on a leadership role with the middle school. The Lord led Matt out of education in 2018 and then his family to St. Louis two years later (a beautiful story of God’s sovereign control over all things)! He is grateful to work with a growing sales team at Winco Window and use his passion for teaching to call students to follow Jesus Christ!
Sara, along with her husband, Mark, began attending New Community Church in the fall of 2007 after they relocated to St. Louis from Texas. A former public school teacher, she attended Texas A&M University which is also where she came to saving faith through a local church's college ministry. Sara has served in this role previously and is excited to be back on staff. Sara and Mark have three children.
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.
Child Safety Coordinator and Communications Coordinator
Deb grew up in Germany and moved to St. Louis during middle school. She was raised in a religious home but never had a personal relationship with Jesus. In 1994, she heard the gospel for the first time through Pastor Jerry Marshall’s teaching. She then realized what it meant to repent and trust Jesus Christ for your salvation. While attending NCC, Deb has helped in Women’s, youth and children’s ministry, as well as Missions. Deb worked in the design and photography field until 1992. She returned to school for a graduate degree in the 90s. Since 1998 she has been an adjunct professor teaching in the allied health field at a local college. Deb is married to David. They do not have children, but have opened their home to teens and young adults in need of temporary homes.