Originally from the Midwest, Jay learned to detassel corn with the best of them. 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).
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. Chad is able to use his strategic thinking and diverse work experience both inside and outside the church to help bring clarity and intentionality to guide our church both in ministry direction and operational areas.
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.
Andrew was raised in Marion and basically grew up at NCBC. Following high school, Andrew spent two years with Operation Mobilization on Logos II, one of OM’s mercy ships. Andrew and his wife Erin knew each other in high school and began dating when he was a senior. They were married in 2007. Andrew taught math at Jefferson High School for nine years, as well as coached tennis there for five years. Andrew believes that more discipleship happens in the home than anywhere else. He is excited to empower and equip parents to lead their family to think, feel, and act like Jesus. He is looking forward to syncing up all our children’s, student and college ministries toward the common goal of discipling our kids toward Christ-likeness. Andrew’s home is self-described as busy and loud with three boys – Tommy (2014), Charlie (2016) and Joey (2018), with another one due in January 2021. IF he had free time, he loves fitness and exercise, hunting and fishing, as well as reading and good coffee… but with rambunctious kids, those activities are few and far between. Andrew and Erin do love to cook together, so they try to carve out time for that whenever possible.
Ryan grew up in a small mountain town in southern California called Running Springs. He is an Alumni of 10,000 Fathers Worship School, Atlanta, Georgia, and also has a degree in Architectural drafting & design. Ryan and his wife Mary (who is from Minnesota) met at a small-town coffee house in his hometown, fell in love, and married one year later! They have been married for 17 years and have five children: Ava (16), Oliver (14), Owen (10), Oakley (7) and Otto (3).
Ryan has been consistently leading worship or serving on worship teams since he was 19 years old (23 years total), leading worship full-time for the last eight years in Minnesota, and most recently in Washington State. He is also a singer/songwriter who writes and records music. He is currently signed to an independent record label called Old Bear Records and has released two albums, Less Traveled Road and Among The Pines.
Ryan said, “My heart is to serve the Lord faithfully, recognizing His great worth and invite others to see and do the same. That is why it is so important to sing songs that always point to Jesus, His truth through His Word, and that are relevant in times like we are facing today. Singing together as the gathered church is powerful and something, I will never take for granted.” Ryan looks forward to discipling and caring for his musicians and tech teams.
The Clair family enjoys hiking, cabin camping, exploring, kayaking, and spending time on the water. They especially enjoy time spent together playing music and look forward to more of that in their new home in Robins. Ryan’s favorite things list includes Mexican and PHO food, reading Louis L’ Amour books, and listening to old vinyl records of western music.
You can usually find Dusty, his wife Kristin and their son, Archer, teaching students about Jesus or in the great outdoors on some adventure! Dusty is originally from Washington state. He came to Iowa in 2018 as our High School/College Pastor.
Dusty and Kristin graduated from Emmaus Bible College with degrees in Bible and Theology, and Camping Ministry. After getting married, they headed off to Seattle, Washington, where Dusty was the Director of Youth Ministries at Des Moines Gospel Chapel for a little over two years.
It is his deepest desire to see students faithfully and passionately following Jesus and making His name known.
Loretta was born and raised in frosty Duluth, Minnesota. She met her husband Jeremy in college and they married shortly after graduation. Jeremy and Loretta raised their four kids at New Covenant Bible Church. In 2016 they expanded their crew with two teenage brothers from Ukraine. Loretta and Jeremy served together in Children’s Ministry for many years: launching camps, MTAs (now Go Groups) and Family Experience (FX). Loretta’s primary passion is in equipping parents to intentionally disciple their families to be authentic and effective witnesses for Christ in this world. In her free time, Loretta enjoys hosting friends and family, mowing their 25-acre property, reading, writing, and photography. But mostly hanging out at home, watching Psych with any kid who's still around.
If you are looking for Teeg and his family, they can be found in the great outdoors: fishing, kayaking, hunting, or camping -- you name it, they enjoy it together as a family. Teeg and his wife Amy describe their boys, Goody (2013) and Finn (2015), as delightful and energetic. Teeg was born and raised in West Des Moines and obtained a BA in Communication from Waldorf College. Teeg’s media, communication, and marketing career spans 20+ years, beginning in radio and expanding into event and experiential marketing roles, corporate marketing and serving the Department of Homeland Security by teaching media skills, particularly crisis communications, to first responders. In 2003, Teeg's passion for the outdoors spurred him to start a national non-profit conservation organization, which required a different set of organizational leadership and communication skills. Most recently, Teeg was on the leadership team for an experiential marketing agency for brands like DICK’S Sporting Goods, Pepsi/Mountain Dew, GNC and others. Amy's communication and marketing background has followed a similar path: BA in Communication from Waldorf College, starting her career in advertising, then TV, then event marketing, and most recently as marketing director for The Arbor Day Foundation. Together, Teeg and Amy are excited to bring some of their God-given talents and marketplace experience to New Covenant and to the Kingdom. In describing this duo, Teeg said, “I tend to be more of a strategist, a big picture thinker, and technical when it comes to tactics. Amy tends to be more creative, has a better eye for design, and she thrives on details and clear communication.” As we have seen from their work with our Children’s Ministry social media, their best ideas happen when they collaborate and complement one another’s strengths.
June grew up in Vinton – just a few miles down the road from Cedar Rapids. She received her BA in Music Education from Luther College in Decorah and earned a MA in Leadership Technology from Ashford University. June met her husband Bob at Luther and they were married in 1976. They are incredibly thankful that their two children are believers, married, and have given them wonderful grandchildren! Many know June from her 23 years as Choral Music Instructor at Linn Mar High School and the incredible way she cared for and loved her students. June describes herself as people-lover and considers it a privilege to be a part of developing leadership teams in New Covenant’s Care Ministries. Her experiences as a cancer survivor and having parents/in-laws who have gone to be with the Lord, give June deep understanding into what people are facing, as well as the ability to listen to each person’s story with grace and love. June is a lifelong learner – evidenced by the pile of books on her nightstand. She enjoys exercising, traveling (particularly to Colorado and California where her kids live), and welcoming people into their home.
The Fortunes arrived in Cedar Rapids in November 2020, all the way from Denton, Texas -- Justin's hometown. Justin spent five years at Denton Bible Church, where he was a volunteer student leader, Student Ministries intern, on staff as the Student Worship Coordinator, and most recently as the Student Ministries Guys Discipleship Coordinator. His ministry philosophy is focused on using small groups and relational discipleship to shepherd students and leaders toward Christ. Justin and his wife Jessica were married in May of 2017 and their daughter Elouise was born in June of 2018. Justin is excited about jumping headfirst into a church that is so family and relationally focused. He can’t wait to not only share the gospel of Christ with everyone but to share his own life as well. Justin said, "From the time that I was a student, I have always had a deep passion for youth ministry. I've seen the ministry of Jesus brought to fruition by meaningful Gospel-based relationships with students, volunteers, and co-workers, and it's nothing short of worshipful and life-giving." In his spare time, Justin loves to write stories and poems, play music, and build things in my workshop. He warns people to not let first impressions fool you. He declares that he is a world-class goofball.
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.
Keaton Hull was born in Kansas but claims Northeast Iowa as his roots. He was raised in a Christian home and put his trust in Jesus as his Savior when he was 14 years old. After God worked a number of miracles in Keaton’s life, he was then baptized, to publicly declare his faith in Jesus. Keaton graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education, with Minors in Creative Writing and Religious Studies. He married his wife Sydney in June of 2018 and their son Lance was born in April 2019. Keaton brings many years of experience volunteering in a worship setting, both musically and on the technical side, for a variety of different ministries. God gave Keaton a passion for this kind of work and he is looking forward to the opportunity to use his gifts to assist with our Sunday worship services. In his spare time, Keaton enjoys playing board games with family and friends, going on evening walks with Sydney and Lance, and playing worship music on the guitar. God has worked in a number of ways for his family since college. Keaton said, “Our family has been consistently shown that the Lord works all things for good. We are so excited for this opportunity and look forward to what the Lord will do through our ministry here.”
Julie comes from the small town of New London, Iowa, with a whopping 46 students in her graduating class. Sports were a key part of Julie’s high school life - basketball, volleyball, and softball. She continued playing basketball at Mount Mercy University, right here in Cedar Rapids, where she met her husband Justin. Julie has served as a Middle School sponsor since 2010. She said, “I love how middle school students are a beautiful combination of kid and adult. They still have childlike energy and zeal but are beginning to think deeper and find their niche. I love watching the transformation process that happens both physically and spiritually. Many students really make their faith their own and it is a blessing to watch it happen.” As a Ministry Associate, Julie is excited to encourage and challenge students to grow in their faith and to make their faith their own. She looks forward to reading God’s Word with them and watch it come to life in their eyes. For fun, you guessed it, Julie, Justin and their daughter Aria, like to be active and play and watch sports together. She also loves to read and walk her dog!
Eli brings a long history with New Covenant to his position of Technology Manager. Eli works in Information Technology He also helps support the production and worship needs of our church. He brings fresh energy and excitement to the New Covenant 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 enjoys playing guitar, creating new projects, and hanging out with family. Eli loves the community at New Covenant and people’s passion for Jesus.