OUR STAFF


Pastor Ken Nettleton:
Lead  Pastor

Ken and his wife Kimberley arrived at New Life in 2014 after previously pastoring churches in Calgary, Kamloops and Vancouver.  Ken’s role is to lead the congregation in their mission to declare Jesus Christ and carry on his ministry to the Cowichan Valley and beyond.  Under the Elders authority, he is responsible for guiding the staff, leading the vision, teaching the Bible and equipping others to follow Jesus.  Together Ken & Kimberley enjoy leading small groups and helping couples through the ups and downs of married life.  In their spare time you will find them walking their dog, Bruce, in the woods, visiting with friends, learning how to garden, and reading on those cold, wet, Island evenings.  Ken is also a reservist Padre with the Cdn. Forces.  Their children, both recently married, live in Calgary.
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Pastor Andrew MacDonald: Associate Pastor

 

Andrew and his wife Jenn moved to the Cowichan valley in 2011. Before serving at New Life Andrew was a youth minister in Tsawwassen and then oversaw the leadership programs at Camp Qwanoes.  Andrew’s role as Associate Pastor is to join Pastor Ken in caring for the needs of New Life Church. Andrew will focus much of his time working with the Young Adults and giving oversight to Life Groups. Andrew oversees New Life’s Sunday evening service “the 7”. Andrew loves theology, coffee, hiking, and football. Jenn and Andrew have 3 children under the age of 5 and are thrilled to do life alongside the congregation of New Life.
 
 

Michelle Brown: Kidzone on the Road Director & Front Office Support

Michelle has called New Life home since 2006. She has a passion for influencing children for Christ. As a small child her life was radically changed because of the influence of her Sunday School teachers on her life. It was through them that she learned of the unconditional love of the Father for his children. Michelle leads our KidZone On The Road ministry, our off campus children’s ministry and also provides front desk support during the week.

 
Jo Morano: Communications 

Jo has been living in the Cowichan Valley for the last 15 years with her husband Nino and 3 children. Jo joined the staff team as the Communications Coordinator in the spring of 2015.  She has a background in graphic design and has a deep love for the people of New Life. She is excited to help communicate the many wonderful ministries and events here at New Life with the congregation and community and loves to see God at work amid His people!
 
Marita Rosenlind: Pastoral Asst. & CARE Team
 
Marita has been a valley resident all her life and started attending New Life 20 years ago after coming to faith.  In 2007 she was hired as the Pastoral Assistant and several years later added the role of the Care Ministry Coordinator to her duties.  Marita loves building teams and has a heart for helping people. Her passions are overseeing large events and she has done many over the years.  She has also helped develop a flourishing Needs & Extras  ministry which partners people who cannot afford furniture with quality donated goods.  She especially loves reaching out into the community and partnering with businesses and social agencies to help those who are struggling spiritually, emotionally and financially.  She is happiest when doing God’s work.
 
Henry Wikkerink: Finance Officer & Tech Oversight

Henry provides technical and practical support to a variety of ministries and church needs. Henry’s knowledge and experience adds to the admin team from his many years as a local business owner and operator. Henry’s love is for the Lord and he has a huge heart for increasing God’s kingdom here in the Cowichan Valley. 
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Alana Robinson: Director of Worship
 
Alana moved to the Cowichan Valley  in  2008 with her husband, Brad, and 2 children.  She has a strong desire to see the church family engage in worship, as a community  on Sunday’s, and personally through out the week.  Alana has  been volunteering  in various roles within worship ministry for 20+ years and began doing so  at New Life in  2010. She joined the staff team in September 2016 and is passionate about mentoring the next generation in worship.
 
Phil Wambua: Director of Youth
 
Phil has been living in the Cowichan Valley since 2014. Before joining the staff team at New Life, Phil worked with Camp Qwanoes for a couple of summers. Phil’s role as Youth Director is to lead the Youth and provide leadership with mentoring them as they discover God and His purpose. Phil will also focus much of his time with the Young Adults in leading and providing oversight in worship as his passion is to see the young people encounter God in worship.
 
Will Winter: Pastoral Apprentice
 

Before joining New Life, Will was involved in several ministries focusing on training and equipping the church for Spirit-filled ministry and evangelism. Raised on the island, and coming to the valley in 2017, it’s Will’s desire to see the church walk in the confidence of God’s love, filled with the power of His Holy Spirit. Outside of his involvement with New Life, you can usually find Will reading, talking about, or praying for revival, usually over a hot cup of tea and freshly baked scone.

 
Jake Day: Pastoral Apprentice
 
Jake grew up in the Cowichan Valley, and has spent the last several years in ministry developing relationships with churches and organizations across the Island in a preaching and worship leading capacity. Jake’s heart is for people, and journeying with them into a knowledge of God’s fullness, and is an advocate for church unity and entering a greater understanding of God’s presence through worship. Jake loves music, cooking, surfing, and loves to make time for people no matter how busy he is, especially if it involves a single origin cappuccino.