Bob married his high school sweetheart Leesa in 1975. They have two grown daughters. Bob grew up in Defiance, Ohio, and was raised in Dayton, Ohio. He received his bachelor's degree in Communications from Huntington University and his masters of theology degree in Pastoral Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary. Bob served for 20 years as Senior Pastor of the First Brethren Church in Pleasant Hill, Ohio, before coming to Cedar Rapids. When asked what he loves about New Covenant, he said, "I love being a part of a servant leader team who keep their focus on Christ's mission of making disciples in an atmosphere of grace." To relax, Bob enjoys spending time with Leesa playing games or watching T.V. Bob served New Covenant as our Senior Pastor from 2004 – 2018. He transitioned to our Care and Milestones Pastor in 2018.
Mark Eades can be described as one who loves his family and loves middle school students. Mark grew up in Kansas and graduated from Liberty University in Virginia a long time ago. Mark has been the Middle School guy at New Covenant since May 2002 and still loves middle school students, the sponsors (adult volunteers), the student’s families, and even those who work with them outside of the church – he just can’t get enough time with middle school students. Mark enjoys watching movies with his wife of 25+ years, interacting with his adult daughter online, and doing many indoor and outdoor activities with his high school boys. He also plays all kinds of games, walks his dogs, and drinks way to much “fu-fu” coffee.
Developing relationships and ministering to people from a foundation of genuine friendship has described Tye ever since he came to New Covenant in June 2005. Tye and his wife Judy have four children, three married, one at UNI in the fall of 2016, and two beautiful grandchildren. Tye grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and graduated from Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee. When asked what one thing he loves about New Covenant, he answered, "You've got to be kidding! One thing? If I had to choose it would be our grace orientation. We are a church of grace and this is seen and modeled in every area of ministry." Tye enjoys riding his bide on short and long rides and started a bike club called Team Jazzed. He also enjoys playing jazz with CR Jazz big band and his jazz quartet.
Pat grew up in Sumner, Iowa on a farm – yes, doing most everything farm life entails – just use your imagination with cows, crops, chickens, yup, did it all. (However, she did not assist in birthing a calf.) In addition to being a farm girl, professionally she was a teacher as her first profession and then followed the Lord into full-time vocational ministry.
Pat received an associate degree from Waldorf College (’81), bachelor’s of science degree from Iowa State (’83), master’s degree in education from University of Northern Iowa (’87) and master's degree in pastoral studies with an emphasis in family ministry from Multnomah Biblical Seminary (‘02).
This farm girl from northeast Iowa spread her wings from teaching high school students in Iowa to Monterrey, Mexico and Taipei, Taiwan until 1994. The following year, Pat began her adventure in full-time vocational ministry in Taiwan.
Pat arrived at New Covenant Bible Church in the fall of 2002. Not knowing what God had planned, her theme verse from 8th grade has had particular meaning - “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey what I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20. God really had a sense of humor for this small town farm girl to spend much of her life in cities of several million outside of the States, only to return to Iowa.
Pat loves meaningful conversations over coffee or a meal. She also enjoys spending time with friends, reading, going to movies, and walking her dog.
Seth deeply believes that in order to live as a Christ-follower it is imperative to know and be known by others at a heart level. We are not meant to walk our journeys alone! A verse he often ponders is Hebrews 3:13, "But encourage one another DAILY, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness." Seth and his wife Rebecca have been married since 2005. They have four daughters, Annabelle, Abby, Ellie, and Olivia. Seth received his Bachelor's degree in science education from Wayne State College in northeast Nebraska where God put key people in his life to help him grow and challenge him through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. He received his Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in May 2011, and soon after the Watsons moved to Cedar Rapids to serve at New Covenant. Seth loves serving at New Covenant because it is a place where he and his family are growing in relationship with Jesus and with others. He enjoys exercising, sports, reading, grilling, watching movies, and hanging with his ladies.
Amy's passion for women and her appreciation for the variety of roles they have during their lives shows in her work as Women's Ministry Associate. Amy joined our Women's Ministry staff in 2014. She graduated from the University of Texas with a BA in English and a teaching certification in secondary level English and history. Amy grew up in Austin, Texas and lived in that area until 2011 when she moved here for a new job for her husband. Amy and her husband, Phillip, have been married since 1995 and have two teenage children, Jake and Ashlynn. Amy is gifted in administration and finds it a tremendous blessing to use it in serving the kingdom.
Marie's love for children is apparent in all she does as our Nursery Associate since May 2014. She works hard to create a safe environment where the youngest of God's children experience His love. She grew up in Merrill, Wisconsin and has a degree in Elementary Education with Early Childhood from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Marie and her husband Nate were married in 2003 and have two children, Lillian and Klayton. They began attending New Covenant in 2003. Marie counts it a privilege to work with children because they have a true, genuine faith and their smiles are always contagious.
Linda became our Operations Manager in August 2011. Linda and her husband Randy have been married for over 30 years. They have three grown children. Linda grew up in Fredericksburg, Iowa and graduated from Kirkwood Community College and Mt. Mercy College. Prior to working at New Covenant, Linda worked at the University of Iowa Parking and Transportation Department.
David became our Manager - Facility and Services in June 2015. He previously served as our Facility Administrative Assistant/Coordinator since July 2012. David organizes, plans, schedules and coordinates the myriad of set-ups for all the New Covenant facilities and events. In addition, he manages the custodial staff and their schedules. David strives to do whatever he can to give each event its best chance of being a successful and pleasant experience for all involved. He considers it a blessing to serve alongside the staff of New Covenant Bible Church. David and his wife Marsha have been married nearly 50 years. They have two children and five grandchildren.
Chad grew up in a Christian home and accepted Christ at age five. He was baptized and first felt called to vocational church ministry in junior high. His family moved to Cedar Rapids and began attending New Covenant in 1992. He met his wife Heather at Moody Bible institute in Chicago and they were married in 1999. They moved back to Cedar Rapids in 2007 and have been actively involved in various volunteer and vocational capacities at New Covenant ever since.
Chad brings enthusiasm and passion for excellence to every relationship he encounters. He defines worship as “ascribing unto God the glory due His name for who He is and what He has done.” He strives to create distraction-free environments where people meet with, hear from and respond to God.
Melany brings her passion for families and discipleship to her role as Family Associate. She believes God intentionally designed families as the best environment for discipleship. Melany will lead the Family Experience Team as well as facilitate large group events with the focus of caring for our families well. She will work to help bridge the gap between Children and Student Ministry.
Melany loves New Covenant and sees how God uses the people here to grow her in her understanding of Him, His love, and her relationships with others. Melany and her husband, Paul, have been married since 2006 and have three children. Melany enjoys great food, good conversation, and playing board games with her kids. Occasionally she spends her free time reading, journaling, or rearranging something in her house.
Eli brings a long history with New Covenant to his position of Technology Manager. Eli works on the production side of things doing sound, video, and lighting support. He also helps support the information technology needs of our church. He brings fresh energy and excitement to the Worship Ministries. Eli grew up at NCBC and was involved in Children’s Ministry and led the worship teams throughout his middle school and high school years. He appreciates the people in our church family who made a very positive impact on his life. Eli is currently enrolled at Kirkwood Community College. He enjoys playing guitar, writing and recording songs, creating new projects, and hanging out with friends and family. Eli loves the community at New Covenant and people’s passion for Jesus. He appreciates how we go to the Bible and prayer for guidance and support.
Ministering to real people in real circumstances is what Dawn loves about ministering in the local church. She has seen that we grow the most in our relationship with Jesus and others when we're authentic, humble, and faithful.
Dawn will oversee disciple-making ministries for infants through 5th grade. She looks forward to growing in relationship with the children, families, and volunteers at NCBC.
Dawn and her husband David have six children. They moved here from Hutto, Texas. She grew up in southwestern Minnesota. Dawn received her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and a Master of Arts in Early Childhood development from Oral Roberts University. Before arriving at New Covenant, Dawn served as the Children’s Ministry Director at Life Connection Church in Round Rock, Texas. She was also a classroom teacher at the Grace Academy of Georgetown. In her free time, Dawn enjoys crafting, cooking, and baking. Dawn and her husband David enjoy looking at old architecture, traveling, and watching movies. Their family enjoys their four dogs, going on family walks and bike rides, playing games, and playing together.
David is our Elementary Associate in Children's Ministries. He will support the Elementary team with weekly curriculum, training, and team practice for weekly services. He also supports the Elementary KBF team with curriculum and communication.
Originally from the Midwest, Jay learned to detassel corn with the best of them. Although he’s never had Iowa corn, he eagerly awaits this glorious experience. Jay started his college career at Purdue University, but transferred to St. Cloud State University after meeting his future wife, Jen, at Newport Beach, California, on a CRU summer mission project. In 2003 Jay and Jen graduated, tied the knot, and immediately moved to Denton, Texas, where Jay was accepted to do a discipleship program with Pastor Tommy Nelson. The following year Jay and Jen joined CRU staff and moved to Puebla, Mexico, for a year-long mission trip. Upon completion, they returned to Texas, where Jay began his first full-time ministry position and seminary at Dallas Theological Seminary. Jay also served in various pastoral positions in Texas, California, Minnesota, and Washington that helped prepare him to be our Senior Pastor. Jay loves food, especially donuts. He loves sports and always appreciates some good competition in ping pong, pickleball, or any other game that’s borderline useless. He also enjoys birding with his wife, Jen, and watching the old reruns of MacGyver with his two children Ben (2008) and Abi (2009).