Rick George

Senior Pastor

Education: B.S.; Calvary Bible College
Personal: Married to Trudy since 1982; three children (Kalie, Caleb, and Kelsie)
Hobbies: Lifting weights, riding motorcycles, basketball, watching sports
Favorite Movie(s): Fletch, The Princess Bride
Favorite Book(s): Prodigal God, The Barbarian Way, The Ragamuffin Gospel, Developing The Leaders Around You
Favorite Quote:If you do what you’ve always done…you will always get what you’ve always gotten.
Favorite Verse(s): Romans 12:2 – “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Kevin Wright

Executive Pastor

Kevin grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. After living in Springfield, Missouri for four years, Kevin and his family relocated to Gardner in December 2000. Originally a member of Crosswinds Community Church, Kevin and DeAnn have been part of the New Life family since the merger in October 2002. He has served in various capacities throughout the years and has been a member of the Elder Board since January 2004. In May 2018, after 35 years in the corporate world, Kevin became a member of the New Life staff as the Executive Pastor.

Lucas Motley

Associate Pastor of Discpleship

Lucas grew up as the son of a pastor in the Chicago suburbs.  He gave his life to Christ at an early age and accepted his calling into vocational ministry his senior year of high school.  After graduating from Lincoln Christian University he spent 8 years in ministry before moving to the Kansas City metro area.

Lucas started working at New Life in March of 2015.  In the past, Lucas has worked in a variety of capacities in the ministry, but at New Life is applying his passion for helping people take “next steps” by leading the adult discipleship program: training Life Group leaders, teaching at weekend services and working with the First Impressions Team to help people move from “first-time guests” to “New Life family members.”  Lucas and his wife, Charissa, have four children, and they love spending time together as a family. Lucas is an avid Sci-fi fan, book nerd, comic geek, and Star Wars fanatic.

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Jake Reeves

Associate Pastor of Creative Arts

Jake grew up in Clay Center, KS where he was raised up in the church singing hymns and eventually praise choruses. His path into vocational ministry bears a resemblance to Jonah in the fact that God kept nudging him towards it despite Jake’s perceived plans and paths. God continually built and affirmed a passion in him for intimate, real, and powerful worship through the arts. After graduating from Central Christian College in McPherson, KS he served as a part-time worship leader and youth group leader before eventually being called to New Life.  He and his wife, Sarah, were thrilled to accept the call into full-time vocational ministry in November 2016.

Nick Magana

Associate Pastor of Children's Ministry

Nick Magana has been part of the New Life family since 2009 and served as a volunteer in the children’s ministry for 5 years before accepting the position as our Children’s Pastor in November 2016. One of his core beliefs, is that as representatives of an extraordinary God it is our job to show children and families the extent of his love for them by providing them with experiences, environments, teaching, and support that go beyond normal and ordinary and are focused at training and developing the next generation of volunteer leaders, pastors, and believers for the church.


MaryAnne Alderman

Office Administrator

MaryAnne has a passion for helping others and working with teens. She graduated college with a degree in Organizational Leadership hoping to use this degree to help others in need through non profit organizations. She has been has volunteering with the youth at New Life since 2009 and has been on staff since 2010. If you spend any time with her you will know she loves to laugh and have fun!

Ryan Ellis

Tech Director

Ryan has been attending New life since 2011. He has a heart for all things music and live performance. He has a degree in studio production and sound reinforcement. He also spent years touring and performing live music. Ryan joined the staff as Technical Director in September 2019.


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