Jay & Jen have lived in Texas, Mexico, California, Minnesota, Washington, and now Iowa.
Jay & Jen have been married since 2003 and have two kids, Ben (2008) & Abi (2009) and 2 Frenchies (Stella & Birdie Bean).
The Haughs enjoy traveling together and watching a variety of action-packed TV series (Survivor, Loki, etc.).
Jay follows and watches almost all sports (sorry, Hockey & NASCAR). He’s a big fan of sports talk radio and listens primarily to First Things First and The Herd.
Jay enjoys being active with CrossFit, pickleball, basketball, and golf (driving a cart can be rigorous).
The Haugh family loves trying different restaurants and trained their palates to enjoy desserts, especially donuts. (It was a hard journey but someone had to do it.)
Jay & Jen can often be found taking walks. It serves as a great way to burn off the junk food calories and to talk with Jen about his thoughts, feelings, and dreams.
Jay loves ministry but thinks it would be fun to be a Sommelier, but unfortunately, his palate is better gifted for donuts.
Jay is ESTJ on Myers Briggs & Enneagram 3 W 2.
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 enjoys meeting people and getting to know them. She also enjoys spending time with friends, reading, going to movies, and traveling.
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's worked to sync up our children’s, student, and college ministries toward the common goal of discipling our kids toward Christ-likeness.
In the spring of 2022, a congregational vote approved Andrew as Family Life Pastor. Andrew oversees the children’s and student ministry team leaders and invests time in the spiritual and leadership development of our adults. Since joining the staff in 2020, we have seen great movement and clarity on how we want to equip our children and students. We are now excited to continue building out a discipleship plan that extends to our adults.
Andrew’s home is self-described as busy and loud with four boys – Tommy (2014), Charlie (2016), 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.
Loretta was born and raised in frosty Duluth, Minnesota. She married her college sweetheart in 1994. 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 began serving together in Children’s Ministry in 2003. Loretta’s primary passion is equipping parents to intentionally disciple their families to be authentic and effective witnesses for Christ in this world. She also enjoys planning and leading special events. In her free time, Loretta enjoys writing, reading, and mowing their 25-acre property. But mostly hosting friends and family in their Central City 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. They've been blessed with two children, daughter Elouise (June of 2018) and son August (November 2021). 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 his workshop. He warns people to not let first impressions fool you. He declares that he is a world-class goofball.
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. His life has been positively impacted by Small Groups and he wants to help you find a Small Group where you can experience that same level of life change and discipleship that only God’s Word can bring.
If you are interested in finding a Small Group, check out our group finder page at ncbc.church/Group-Finder
Ryan and his wife Katie were married in 2009 and have four young children – Elliana (2011), Annabelle (2015), Aiden (2018) and Emmy (2022). 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.
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!
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. Over the years, Luke continued to grow in his responsibilities and leadership with the sound, video, and lighting teams. In July 2022, his title was updated to Production Associate. 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.
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.
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.