Jay has a passion for equipping others with a knowledge and understanding of God’s character and relevance for daily life. He loves leading and serving alongside the NCBC staff and volunteers and being a part of God’s mission fulfilled within the church.
To keep himself close to Jesus and true to the Word of God, Jay works at memorizing Scripture regularly, a practice he says has changed his mindset and given him hope when life is hard. If you meet him for coffee, ask him about golf, pickleball, basketball, CrossFit, or his favorite action or mystery book. If you want to make his day, bring him a donut or pastry (he loves them all)!
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.
Nothing gets Andrew more excited than helping people take their next step in following Jesus. He enjoys everything from introducing someone to Jesus, to developing a Bible reading plan, to talking through a tough spiritual question.
In his own walk with God, Andrew seeks out a daily time of silence and solitude where he can meditate on Scripture and pray. Although fall is his favorite time of year with cooler temperatures, Iowa football and deer hunting, he would say every season is made for coffee – every day, all day long.
A mom to six children, Loretta understands the blessings and challenges of raising kids to know Jesus. She loves serving the NCBC children dearly—but, even more, she longs to help their parents grow in confidence to be the primary disciple-makers in their lives. Her favorite way to connect with God is through prayer journaling which helps her still her mind and find clarity in God’s presence.
Although she loves to travel and experience all of God’s creation, in her opinion, nothing beats life in Iowa with family, friends, and a good classic novel. Her favorite: Pride and Prejudice.
With a love of writing and God’s Word, Ryan enjoys putting Biblical truths to music and believes there is nothing better than leading others in worship to praise the name of Jesus. As a spiritual practice, Ryan has begun transcribing the Bible into a large journal, focusing on slowing down and meditating on each word as he writes.
Ryan’s happy place is outside enjoying God’s creation and working in his yard. He’s a DIY enthusiast and enjoys learning new skills. He’s up for a good Mexican meal any day of the week and you’ll probably never see him in the same hat or shoes two days in a row. He may have more shoes in his closet than his wife…
Pat’s gifting and passions for meeting people and helping them get connected could not be more perfect for this role. She loves being a small part of helping people continue on their journey to respond to Jesus and become more and more like Him. To grow in her own walk with Christ, one of her favorite practices is to listen to worship music, light a candle and then read a passage of Scripture, seeking what it says about Jesus, about her, and a truth to ponder.
Her favorite season is spring, she enjoys all licorice (red and black) and she claims you can never go wrong with Vicks Vapo-rub when you’re sick!
Christian is passionate about speaking life and the love of Jesus Christ into the next generation of leaders in the Church.
A lifelong football fan, he loves the fall season the best. His bucket list includes traveling to Greece and areas of historical significance around the Mediterranean Sea. He loves the unique combination of Asian food and french fries and he’s always up for a good conversation about Christian ethics—so bring your questions, he’d love to talk anytime!
A native of Texas, Justin has acclimated well to Iowa, noting winter is now his favorite season! He has a passion for helping students fall in love with Jesus and understand how to make Christ the Lord of their lives. If he could ask questions of anyone in the Bible, he’d choose to meet the author of Hebrews and hear his experience as a first-century Christian.
Justin loves a good story, especially good adventure stories including every type of genre from middle earth to somewhere in space. He’s also a great storyteller. If you’re brave and curious…ask him to tell you about the word he has tattooed on his foot.
Beginning his career as an assistant military chaplain, Ryan understands the importance of unity and support for one another. As Groups Pastor, he loves seeing people engage with God and others in a supportive community which leads to movement in their faith journey and the cultivation of spiritual friendships.
One of his favorite spiritual disciplines is to draw close to God through self-denial, as refraining from “wants” helps him remember the importance of serving others before himself. As a sourdough enthusiast and kombucha alchemist, Ryan finds delight in scientific experiments that result in delicious (and healthy) cuisine.
Empowering young adults to find and follow Jesus' calling for their life is Madison’s passion. She is an energetic leader who brings positive energy and fun into any room she enters. A Cedar Rapids native, she loves fitness and has a heart for dogs. She enjoys studying Scripture and seeks to discover what God has for her each day by asking herself: What does this passage tell us about Jesus? What does it say about people? How do I obey? Who do I tell?
Rick has played multiple roles in his tenure at NCBC, which suits him well as he loves variety. In addition to his Property and Technology role, Rick leads the NCBC Safety Team and serves on the Worship Team.
An avid Iowa football fan, Rick loves the fall season and plays guitar and sings in a local band. Rick enjoys being outdoors, finding quiet prayer times in nature to be one of the best ways to connect with God.
Helping people learn about ministry and spiritual growth opportunities is one of the things Kris loves about her role. She’s always encouraged by how God is working in and through others at NCBC, and seeing people take part in church family life and serving brings her joy.
For Kris, one of the most amazing things about God is His kindness. His unbelievable mercy is a reminder to her of His unconditional love. She loves seeing God’s creation come to life in the summer, especially flowers. Their incredible variety, color, and detail speak of His amazing creativity.
When Sarah thinks of God, she cherishes him as Father and is in awe of Him as creator of the universe. Sarah loves to use her God-given creative skills to bring ministry communication to life with powerful visuals.
She is fond of everything about fall, as well as eating spicy ethnic foods, listening to or attending Broadway musicals, and rollerblading with friends—but not simultaneously, though that would be an amusing sight!
Laurie brings the party wherever she goes. Her enthusiasm is contagious. Laurie’s favorite thing about God is His unconditional love for her and others. It’s this very love that she tries to pass along to those God puts in her life.
She enjoys serving NCBC kids and counts it a blessing to have the opportunity to share God’s love and truth with them. A big CrossFit and flying enthusiast, Laurie is always ready for her next adventure.
Building relationships with kids and seeing them grow physically and spiritually brings Julie joy. She is excited to help them develop their own personal relationship with Jesus and is thrilled when God allows her to see the moment in a child’s life when Jesus becomes real to them.
A huge basketball fan, she loves the snow, cold and everything about winter. However, her true love is reading the Bible and getting to know Jesus more as He reveals Himself through His Word.
A natural people-lover, Kerstin enjoys connecting people with one another and ministry-serving opportunities at NCBC. She is the biggest cheerleader of NCBC kids and loves working with families to help them continue to build positive spiritual relationships and grow in community together.
A spiritual practice that helps keep her grounded and in touch with God is journaling. Writing out her thoughts and prayers provides her with a record of how God is working in and around her.
The unique opportunity to work with both people and technology to help create worship-inspiring experiences for others is something that excites Luke about his role. Waking early each day to spend time with God is a practice Luke has come to enjoy. He finds it not only brings him a sense of peace but helps to align his heart with what God has in store for him that day.
Luke enjoys playing drums in the worship team band and loves summertime
for the quality time with friends and family its weather often inspires.
Eli enjoys meeting people from different walks of life, hearing their inspiring stories, and creating mediums to share those stories. To continue to learn more about the ultimate storyteller, Jesus, and stay connected to Him, Eli makes it a commitment to study God’s Word and pray.
Desiring to use his leadership skills to help others, Eli spends time seeking to understand the heart of God and how God wants him to serve others. In his spare time, you can catch him riding his motorcycle or working on any number of home projects.
Judy brings energy and creativity to a variety of ministries and really enjoys interacting with NCBC kids in the General Store and Power It Up areas. One thing she loves about God is that He is a friend she can talk to about anything and He is always there ready to listen and love.
Having traveled to Antarctica with her family, she has a unique affection for penguins. She loves their quirky, fun spirit and their determination to never give up on their families.
A fan of learning about history, culture and traditions, Deb loves all things British dating back to when the Beatles hit the scene in the 1960s. In her daily life, she enjoys digging into Scripture and sharing it with others on a personal level.
One of the best parts about her job is having a front-row seat to see God at work in transforming the lives of those at NCBC and within our ministries throughout the world.
Cindy values serving alongside a wonderful group of coworkers who share the same mission and desire to honor Jesus in their work. Her favorite thing about God is that He loves her every day, despite her attitude or the momentary condition of her heart. She enjoys the summer months the most, spending time golfing or gathering with good friends.