For many years, Dr. Steele has been pastoring one of the fastest growing ministries in the region with a shoe string budget as the only member of the church paid staff. As the church began to grow he needed the help of talented and able-bodied men and women to keep this vibrant ministry going. The day to day operations of New Life would stagger the mind, but these knowledgeable individuals work like a well disciplined football team with the pastor as their quarterback.
Assistant Pastor Gary joined the ministry when it was started in September 1982. He was our first Deacon at the church. He served as Youth Director for 20 years with his wife Brenda assisting.
He retired from Duke Energy to become the full time Assistant Pastor in 2001. He was over the Children’s Church and Nursing Home Ministry for many years. He continues to direct the Bus Ministry and heads the Soul Winning Ministry in the pastor’s absence. He is a member of the Church Board and Planning Committee. He works with the Kitchen group, Maintenance, Food Pantry, Purchasing, and any other area of the church where help is needed.
His wife Brenda, a talented singer, ministers in song as a member of the music ministry. She assists with the Ladies of Destiny Ministry, and teaches the Women’s Bible Study class. She also oversees the Kitchen operations, and the Lady Ushers.
Pastor Wither’s life verse is Philippians 4:6 And the peace of God…
Dr. Samuel Heard, Thd, Chief of Staff
In a complex and growing ministry like New Life, it became necessary to get a “Go To” man to facilitate the pastor’s vision and make it work in everyday life. Dr. Heard and his lovely wife Iris came to New Life at just the right time. A committed Christian, and a retired Postal Executive, he understands the needs of a ministry like New Life. He currently conducts the monthly ministries meeting for all the church ministry leaders where problems are presented and ironed out. He is always on duty as he looks for potential problems and their solutions. If the pastor is the quarterback in analogy, Bro. Heard would be the left tackle guarding the pastor’s blind side.
God blessed Dr. Heard to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master of Arts in Ministry, and a Master of Arts in Theology degree. Pastor Heard is recently a recipient of a Doctor of Theology degree. He has served as Pastor, Assistant Pastor, Interim Pastor, Supply Pastor, and Associate Pastor in various ministries over the years before coming to New Life. Contact Dr. Heard here.
Pastor Michael Steele M.Div, Youth Pastor and his wife Sister Aimy Steele
Pastor Michael Steele is a native of Harrisburg, NC and is a graduate of Barber-Scotia College (’98) where he received a bachelors of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice, and did his post graduate work at Hood Theological Seminary where he earned his Masters of Divinity Degree.
His Career path led him to work for the City of Concord Police Department where he spent 7 years . He worked as a Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer and finally a Detective, where he spent most of his career.
Pastor Mike answered the call to full time ministry in 2005 and served as a Youth Minister and Financial Administrator and was ordained Assistant Pastor of Family Ministry in 2008. Pastor Mike currently serves in the capacity of Youth Pastor and leads You and I, a progressive ministry for married couples, Crown Financial Ministry, serves as Worship Leader, is a part of the benevolence committee and the financial team. Pastor Mike’s life verse is Matthew 6:33- Seek ye first the Kingdom…
Pastor Mike is married to the former Aimy Williams and God has blessed them with 5 wonderful children: Michaela, Mariah, Michael Jr., Maya and Myles. Pastor Mike has a desire to see families strengthened, understanding that if we have strong families, we have strong churches and ultimately strong communities. Contact Pastor Mike here.
Joshua Steele Music Minister
Brother Joshua has been a member of NLBC for over 20 years. He serves as the Music Minister and in this capacity leads the band, the adult choir and praise team. He enjoys all forms of Gospel/Christian genres of music. He also plays the piano/keyboard and the organ and trusts the Lord to use his talent to the fullest ability possible. He enjoys his nieces and nephew and spending time with his family. He is a graduate of the School of Communication in Raleigh NC.
Deacon Haywood Edmonds, Deacon Board Chairman
Deacon Edmunds came to New Life ready to work and serve in the ministry here. He is retired Air Force and is knowledgeable in many areas and skill sets. He brings to New Life many years of talent and working knowledge.
Deacon Edmonds serves in the following capacities:Deacon Board Chairman, Sunday School Superintendent Financial Ministry, Outreach Ministry, Soul Winning Ministry, Benevolence Ministry, and Current Church Board Chairman. You may contact Deacon Edmunds here.