OUR STAFF

Ken Nettleton
 
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.
Andrew MacDonald
 
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 and are thrilled to do life alongside the congregation of New Life.
 
Pastor Jay Kennedy
 
Pastor Jay Kennedy: Associate Pastor
 

Jay and his wife Gretta and their three kids moved to the Cowichan Valley in 2009. Before joining the New Life team in Fall 2019 Jay served as a Camp Director in Oregon and most recently as the Assistant Director of Camp Qwanoes here in the Valley. Gretta is an author, speaker and household CEO (AKA: Stay At Home Mom). Jay’s focus area as one of the Associate Pastors is families and life groups. He is passionate about journeying alongside families discovering together how we are to live out a Christ-centred and sustainable life.

Michelle Brown
 
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.
Marita Rosenlind
 
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
 
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.
Alana Robinson
 
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
 
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.
Jessie Krahn
 
Jessie Krahn: KidZone… In the House Director
 
Jessie grew up in the Lower Mainland before moving to Edmonton with her husband, Matt.  They have two children, Wyatt and Finley, and moved to the Cowichan Valley just in the summer of 2018.  Jessie has a background in Intercultural Studies and Child Development, and while she had been studying to be a LPN, that has been put on hold to move out here and and now be the KidZone Director.  Jessie loves pretty much anything that gets her outside to play, family time, and seeing others grow and pursue Christ.  She has a passion for seeing the Gospel move worldwide and has had the joy of travelling lots to be a part of that movement in various capacities. The Krahns are excited to grow with those here at New Life and do life together.
Anna Kouwenberg
 
Anna Kouwenberg: Director of Communications & Administrative Support
 

Anna grew up in the Lower Mainland and moved to the Cowichan Valley with her husband and two girls the summer of 2016. She has worked in the graphics and marketing industry since her teenage years with formal schooling at BCIT in their Marketing Management program. She has worked for a couple of different companies in their marketing and promotion departments until starting her own company with her husband in 2010, offering graphic design and branding services which she continues to do today. She joined the staff team in March 2019 and is excited to share her skills and knowledge in this ministry-based position.

Alycia Geiger
 
Alycia Geiger: KidZone in the House & Pre-Teen Assistant
 

Alycia grew up in the Cariboo and came to the island to work at Qwanoes for a summer. Meeting her husband, Steve, at camp they married a few years later in 2011 when she permanently moved to the island. With their two kiddos, Steve and Alycia live in Crofton where Steve works at Qwanoes year round. Alycia has always had a heart for kids, youth and young adults to equip them to use the gifts God has given them to serve, lead, and make disciples. Alycia has worked as a Children’s Ministry Director up north before marrying Steve and then prior to joining New Life she worked as the Children’s and Youth Ministry Director at Warmland Community church. Alycia is stoked to serve New Life with her skills, experience, and heart.