PASTORS

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.

Cameron Lazíer

Student Ministries Pastor

Cameron (Also known as Cam) grew up in Tampa, Florida. He has a deep passion for the next generation, and that passion has been evident in his life ever since he was young. When he was a freshman at Auburn University, God called him into full-time ministry, specifically youth ministry, with the desire to see adult leaders passionate about teenagers and to see teenagers passionate about Jesus. In 2018, after studying Youth & Family Ministries at Southeastern University (SEU), God called him from the Sunshine State to the Kansas City metro area to serve as a Youth Pastor. It is here where he met his lovely wife, Caycee, whom he married in April 2020.

Cameron has been on staff at New Life since the spring of 2020.

In his free time, Cameron enjoys lifting weights, spending time with family & friends, and of course, taking naps.

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 old school choruses (via transparencies of course). He actually fought going into vocational ministry but God slowly moved him into serving, working part-time, and eventually taking the dive into full-time ministry in 2016. God continually has built and affirmed a passion in him for intimate, real, and powerful worship through the arts. He graduated from Central Christian College in McPherson, KS and worked in the turfgrass industry while God worked on his heart. Recently, he completed his masters in Bible and Theology from Lincoln Christian University. He and his wife, Sarah, were married in 2010 and have a daughter.

Jake loves riding his One Wheel around town, eating seafood for days, and caring way too much about his lawn.

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.

STAFF

Sarah Selleck

Office Administrator

Sarah grew up in Sikeston, Missouri and moved to the Kansas City area with her family in 1997. Prior to her time at NLCC, Sarah served on staff in Children’s Ministry in various roles. Sarah and her family began attending New Life Community Church on New Year’s Day, 2011 after being invited by neighbor friends.

In addition to serving in various volunteer roles at New Life, Sarah and her family enjoy camping, spending time together and watching Sci-Fi movies. For the past 7 years, Sarah has enjoyed volunteering in Children’s Ministry and FIT Team here at NLCC. She and her husband Richard along with their two children are especially thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the New Life Family.

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.

Elders

Rich Berg

Rich grew up around the Wichita, Kansas area,  Furley actually. Rich moved to Gardner in 2001 as a newlywed with Jenn.  They have 3 children. (Braedyn, twin girls Ada and Addison) Originally a part of Crosswinds Community Church, becoming a member or New Life with the merger in 2004.
Jenn and he have been serving passionately with the youth for the last 19 years. They keep them young! Rich has been involved in leadership of the church since 2006, first as a deacon and now as an elder.  God has been good to Jenn and our family. Life isn't easy following Christ, but it sure is better.

Rich Brown

Rich was born in Carthage MO to a young pastor in his first church.  They soon moved to West Texas, then back to Missouri for high school.  Rich came to Olathe in 1972 to attend MANC, where he met future wife Chris on the first class of the first day of school!
Rich and family moved to Gardner in late 1993, where they helped start CrossWinds CC, which later merged New Life church to form NLCC.  Rich has been leading the Celebrate Recovery ministry since 2012.

Randy Swearengin

Randy’s favorite Christmas movie is, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  And he feels like he has a wonderful life!  He grew up in a Christian home and his father became a pastor when Randy was 10 years old.  He feels fortunate to have such a good foundation.
 
Randy has been at New Life since 2009 and has known Pastor Rick and Trudy since 1991 when they went to the same church for several years.
 
Randy and his wife Lisa have two kids, Dayna (Bliss) and Corey.  He loves to play just about any sport, especially golf and tennis these days.

Bruce Taylor

Bruce Taylor is so phenomenal that he doesn't need a bio.