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 and his wife Lisa have three children. Mark grew up in Kansas and graduated from Liberty University in Virginia. Before becoming the Middle School guy at New Covenant in May 2002, Mark served as the Youth Pastor at Faith Baptist Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana for over four years. Mark truly loves spending time with middle school youth and his team of youth sponsors. Mark enjoys watching his boys play sports and video games, seeing his daughter run and jump in track, and playing board games with his family. He also likes to play online computer games, run, do Cross Fit, and drink white chocolate mochas.
James loves to see people come alive as they come to know God better and share Him with others. Since coming in 2004 as the Mature Adult and Missions Pastor, James has enjoyed watching people use their gifts to take the good news around the corner and around the world. Now as the Pastor of Electives and Global Outreach, he can’t wait to see what God will do through the people of New Covenant. Born and raised in Southern California and later in Michigan, James received his bachelor’s degree from Moody Bible Institute, and his Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. Before New Covenant, James served 10 years as the Missions and Administrative Pastor at Trinity Bible Church in Richardson, Texas. James appreciates New Covenant’s commitment to making disciples of every people group. He enjoys reading science fiction, books on creation and intelligent design, and spending time with his wife, Melody, and their son Andrew.
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 has a warm, personable, and flexible personality and it is evident in all she does as she serves as our Women's Ministry Director. Pat grew up in Sumner, Iowa, and has various degrees from Waldolf College, Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. Prior to her arrival at New Covenant in October of 2002, Pat was the Ministry Director at Taipei International Church. Pat loves how the people at New Covenant are so generous with their time in order to serve others. She appreciates the culture of servant leadership that is evident in the leaders, as well as the members and attenders, as they labor to see God's work accomplished. Pat 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.
George became Facility Manager in June of 2012. George has a degree in electronics and served with the US Air Force. George's electronics career for over 43 years, as well as growing up on a farm, prepared him to tackle whatever needs repair here at New Covenant. George is energized through fixing things that are broken and coming up with cost-saving ideas! "I am convinced that from my childhood days, God was preparing me to serve Him here at New Covenant and for that I am so grateful."
George married his high school sweetheart, Judy, two years after they graduated from high school. They have been married for over 45 years. They have five children and 18 grandchildren. All of their children live here in the metro area, and all attend church here at New Covenant!
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 Experience Coordinator. She believes God intentionally designed families as the best environment for discipleship. Through FX she seeks to support and build up this environment as much as possible. She loves the FX leadership team and is amazed by God’s faithfulness to grow this ministry. She is excited by what He has laid on the hearts of this team. 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.
Bruce began volunteering as our Interim Staff Leader in September of 2017. His desire is to assist New Covenant through this time of transition, including the upcoming retirements of various Equipping Staff members. Bruce and his wife Jan were married in 1972. They have three grown children and eight grandchildren. They began attending New Covenant in 1998 and became members in 2000. Bruce was part of the leadership team that launched First Edition ABF as well as led the teaching of the class for many years. Bruce also served as an elder from 2005-2013. Bruce appreciates that New Covenant is a wonderful place to experience God’s grace and forgiveness. To relax, Bruce enjoys playing golf and tennis, walking with Jan, coaching the grandchildren’s athletic teams, and spending time with family.
Eli brings a long history with New Covenant to his position of Technical Arts Assistant. Eli works on the production side of things doing sound, video, and lighting support. He brings a fresh energy and excitement to the Worship department. 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. Someday he hopes to be a music producer and open a recording studio. Eli loves said he 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 an interim Elementary Associate in Children's Ministries. He will teach in The Hangar, help staff volunteers in The Hangar and in The Lodge, and write/edit curriculum for all elementary areas. David will facilitate elementary volunteer training, elementary specific events, and work with Ministry Training Academies (MTAs).