Kim began serving at New Covenant in 1991 as Pastor of Discipleship. From 2005 - 2017, Kim served as our Executive Pastor. He currently is in transition, concentrating his efforts on local outreach, church/school partnerships, mentoring and first impressions as he prepares for retirement in May 2018. But no matter what hat Kim wears, he continuously strives to integrate new people into the fabric of the church with his attention to individual needs and interests. Kim and his wife Sharon have four sons, four daughters-in-law, seven grandsons, and one granddaughter! Kim grew up in Toledo, Iowa. He received his bachelor's degree in Sociology and History and a master's degree in Guidance and Counseling from Iowa State University. Prior to New Covenant, Kim worked at the Syracuse Rescue Mission in New York as Director of Residential Services. Kim said he loves the people of New Covenant and the servant hearts of the leaders and staff. He appreciates the fact that New Covenant is not afraid to change and try new things. Kim said, "I'm most proud of our church when I'm in the community and see New Covenant people serving and making a difference in our neighborhoods and world." To relax, Kim can be found with a good book and a good cup of coffee in hand. He also enjoys photography and traveling with Sharon to visit family.
Bob has been serving New Covenant as our Senior Pastor since June 2004, although he began his ministry here as Middle Adult Pastor in July of 2003. 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.
Austin's passion is using communications & technology for ministry. He enjoys working with people from different generations and backgrounds to come up with creative solutions for connecting technology, communications and ministry. Austin grew up in Cedar Rapids and graduated from Mt. Mercy University with a degree in Management Information Systems. Austin and his wife Sarah were married in 2013 and have one son, Noah.
Mick loves kids of all ages and it was apparent from the moment he arrived as our Children's Pastor in 2002. In 2018, Mick’s position changed to Interim Children’s Ministry and Youth Pastor. He will oversee disciple-making ministries for infants through high school. It’s obvious Mick has a passion for discipleship and equipping others to see and become who God designed them to be, no matter what age. Mick and his wife Karen have four children and eight grandchildren. Mick grew up in Potosi, Wisconsin, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. Before arriving at New Covenant, Mick served at River of Life Church in Kansas City, Missouri. He loves to relax by being outdoors, whether it's hunting, gardening, or chopping wood. He also enjoys coaching and spending time with his wife.
Stacey became our Children's Ministry Associate in June. She has a bachelor's degree in Education from Central Missouri State. Stacey grew up in Kansas City and moved to Cedar Rapids in 2007. Stacey and her husband Steve have two boys and have been a part of New Covenant Bible Church since 2008. As one of our Children's Ministry Associates, Stacey oversees Early Elementary Children's Church and all the Kids Bible Fellowships. She loves seeing the children experience God's word in a fun, exciting and life-changing way.
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' gift of being able to stay focused on the big picture without losing sight of the task at hand has been an asset to him since his arrival as our Mature Adult and Missions Pastor in April 2004. James transitioned to Adult Ministry/Outreach Pastor in 2012. James and his wife Melody have one school-age son. James grew up in Cerritos, a suburb of Los Angeles. He received his bachelors 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 that the people at New Covenant do a great job of supporting and encouraging the staff. James loves to read books about Intelligent Design. He also loves reading all sorts of fiction, including science fiction.
Gary enjoys interacting with people - whether through conversation, helping, encouraging or teaching. He counts it a privilege to build eternity into the lives of people! Growing in Christ excites him and seeing others grow in the Lord motivates him to keep growing. Gary comes from a family of two boys and has an older brother. Gary and his wife Carol have two grown daughters. His oldest is married and has two boys and lives in Colorado. The youngest is single and lives in California. Gary has served as a solo, senior, and associate pastor over a span of 37 years. His education includes a Bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois (Electrical Engineering) and graduate degrees from Trinity Seminary and Wheaton Graduate School.
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 for ten years. They have three preschool daughters, Annabelle, Abby, and Ellie. 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.
Melinda became a Children's Ministry Associate in June 2008. Melinda and her husband Don have five children; four are married and their youngest is in high school. They have one grandson and three granddaughters. Melinda grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Arizona State University. Prior to her job with New Covenant, Melinda was a Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager. In addition to her job at New Covenant, Melinda is also a realtor. She loves that New Covenant is a Bible-based church that practices prayer, care and share. To relax, Melinda enjoys playing tennis, walking, golfing, skiing and eating Mexican food.
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.
Mark loves creating environments where students can grow in their faith. He is also passionate about developing healthy relationships with God and others. He first came to New Covenant in 1992 as the Pastor of Youth, which covered middle school students through college age. In 2001, he was able to narrow his focus, so he now works with students from 9th grade through college freshmen. Mark and his wife Cindy have two daughters and one son-in-law. He grew up in Rockford, Illinois, and graduated from Rock Valley College and Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Before serving at New Covenant, he was the director of Christian education/youth at Forest City Baptist Church in Rockford. Mark appreciates the team attitude and grace orientation that is present at New Covenant.
New Covenant's Audio/Visual Tech ministry is overseen by Chad as he works with our volunteers to provide technical support to virtually every ministry. Chad brings enthusiasm and passion for excellence to every relationship he encounters. He sees undistracted and effective communication very honoring to our God and His purposes. Chad and his wife Heather have two sons, Matthew and Ethan.
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.