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 families 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. In 2021, Andrew's role moved to working primarily with Small Groups.
Andrew’s home is self-described as busy and loud with four boys – Tommy (2014), Charlie (2016) and Joey (2018), and Patrick, better known as Patch (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 sons, Archer (2018) and Rennon (2020), 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.
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.
Keaton was born in Kansas but claims Northeast Iowa as his long-time roots. He was raised in a Christian home and put his trust in Jesus as his Savior when he was 14 years old, and was baptized shortly after. 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. They have two children, Lance (born in 2019), and Roseanna (born in 2021). He has served on staff at NCBC in Tech Arts since October 2019, and brings many years of experience serving in both Tech and Worship Ministry, notably touring with the Worship band “Redeeming Rebels”, and as a part of Chi Alpha Campus Ministry during his time at UNI. In his spare time, Keaton enjoys playing board games with family and friends, going on evening walks with Sydney and their children, and playing guitar. Keaton said, “My joy comes from seeing God’s people coming together to praise Him for all He has done, and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of helping with our Sunday services each week.”
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. I was a Middle School sponsor from 2010-2020. I worked as a Student Ministry Associate for 1.5 years. She recently shifted to the Children’s Ministry Associate role in 2021 and jumped right in as Director for Overnight Camp, as well as Fall Fest.
Julie says, “I really love Camp. Kids’ Camp is a top highlight of summer and really the whole year for my family. We love the opportunity to get away from all the demands of the real world and be fully present to worship God, be surrounded by a community of faith-filled volunteers, and to point kids towards Christ. Camp is a unique experience for adults and kids alike. Each member of my family is their best self while at Camp. It is an incredible privilege to be able to lead this awesome event!”
Julie’s ‘regular’ duties are to make sure everything is going smoothly for the elementary Children’s Church downstairs. She works with the volunteers who lead the lessons and prepare materials. She really loves watching the kids grow from the Lodge to the Hangar. “It is fun to see the ‘aha’ moments they have and to see them step into leadership and serving as they grow,” says Julie. She also enjoys interacting with all of the volunteers. NCBC has 6th graders through 70-year-olds volunteers. This multigenerational church works together to make Jesus’ name known to all of our kids! 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!
Ryan was born and raised in Cedar Rapids in a wonderful Christian home where the story and message of Jesus were continually lived out. Ryan’s journey with Christ began at a young age. Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in Biblical Studies and a minor in Philosophy from Evangel University in Springfield, MO. He has a MDiv from Liberty University and a terrific heart for discipleship. He excels at helping with data discovery to identify trends and meaningful gauges and measures to help provide actionable insights for teams. He also has a lot of project management and leadership experience specifically within the church world. Most recently Ryan served as a Senior Consultant for Church Champions specializing in helping churches maximize their stewardship of time, dollars, and staff/volunteer resources through more effective and efficient use of their church management software and corresponding processes. Ryan and his wife Katie were married in 2009 and have three young children – Elliana (2011), Annabelle (2015), and Aiden (2018). Ryan looks forward to learning/mastering our data system so the info contained within it can be used to propel the church forward and help accomplish our mission. In his free time, Ryan enjoys fitness-related activities and being with good friends, as well as cooking and baking bread, biscuits, crackers, and bagels. Interesting fact: He served as a Chaplain Assistant in the Army and has been to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Luke grew up in Cedar Rapids and has been a part of New Covenant for his entire life. Luke was actively involved in various ministries growing up, but worship and tech were always front and center. His first experience in front of an audience playing the drums was at Kids Camp in 6th grade. He later got into tech with the High School worship team. Fast forward to the fall of 2021. Luke finished his second tech arts internship with New Covenant and was hired as the full-time Tech Arts Assistant. We love his heart and dedication to excellence. And don’t worry, he still gets to drum occasionally for Sunday worship services. Luke and his wife Madison were married in the fall of 2021. In their free time, they like to restaurant hop and search for the best chocolate cake. Ask him where their current fav is.
Madison only attended church when she was a young child, yet continued to go to church camp every year. It was here she felt God calling her to be closer to Him. She accepted Christ when she was in 8th grade and was baptized. She began attending New Covenant in 2018 when Luke Foster, who is now her husband, extended the invitation. During the summer of 2021, Madison served as part of the lead director team at NCBC Kids Overnight Camp where she where helped plan and execute camp. In the fall of 2021, Madison became New Covenant's Young Adult Associate. She brings good leadership skills, a winsome personality, and attention to detail to her role. She sees God using her life experiences to help guide support and energize others at The Collective, a ministry for young adults. She also helps with some high school events. Madison and Luke were married in October 2021. Between working, pursuing a degree in exercise science at Kirkwood, and teaching gymnastics, free time is in short supply. But IF she has free time, it is spent outdoors. She loves to hike, go camping/canoeing/skiing, or anything that involves being in God’s creation.