Caleb and Rachel Klinge – Lead Pastors
Caleb and Rachel are California natives. They love Marin, the Bay Area, and the people that live here! They are passionate to see the presence of God impact the North Bay Area and surrounding regions. Caleb and Rachel have a high value for unity in the body of Christ,and a passion for a Kingdom movement that brings authentic revival in every nation. A love for the nations, solid preaching, and passion to worship Jesus, all characterize their ministry together. They have traveled extensively and ministered throughout many nations. Caleb and Rachel both graduated from Christian Life International Bible College with High Honors and are ordained ministers with the Assemblies of God (AG). They have been married since 1996 and have two children, Benjamin and Phebe.
Christopher and Lucia Mychajluk – Principal, Marin Christian Academy/Teacher
Christopher joined the NLC staff in 2004, as principal of Marin Christian Academy. Lucia has served various roles at the school and currently serves as a teacher. Christopher and Lucia have a heart for God’s people and are pressing into his presence so His Kingdom can pour out in the school. They began their ministry together in their charismatic Catholic high school youth group. After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, they went on to work in a parochial grade school as an administrator and a teacher. After eight years as an accountant/controller for two businesses and becoming involved in his own startup, Christopher was called back into full time ministry in 1999, as principal of Salinas Christian School. They have four daughters and have been married for over 20 years.
John and Katia Bidaurreta – Connection Pastors
John and Katia’s heart is to serve, equip, and connect the body of Christ. They believe that God is bringing revival and transformation to the Bay Area. Their current ministry focus is to build community and deepen relationships in the church. They oversee and facilitate the Alpha Course and are helping to develop core groups and discipleship programs. John and Katia have been part of New Life since 2000, where John got radically saved and Katia re-dedicated her life to Christ. John, born and raised in Marin County, met Katia, who is originally from São Paulo, Brazil and married in 2002. They enjoy biking and hiking in the gorgeous Bay Area.
Dustin and Savannah Box – Generations Pastors
Dustin and Savannah have been overseeing the student and children’s ministries at New Life since 2014. They are committed to seeing this generation walk in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Dustin was born in Santa Cruz, and grew up in Kenya where his family served as missionaries. Before coming to New Life, Dustin previously served as a youth pastor and a worship pastor. He also ministers itinerantly leading worship and teaching. Savannah is a Bay Area native that has been involved in ministry for her whole life. Savannah has her B.A. in psychology and is pursuing further degrees in Art Therapy. She has traveled internationally extensively on mission trips and also loves to worship. Dustin and Savannah recently released their first EP with original songs. They are excited to see the children, students, and families of Marin County radically transformed by the Presence of God. They have three adorable children: Tristan, Cohen, and Aria.
Buddy and Amy James – Media Pastor/Young Adult Pastors
Buddy and Amy James have been serving as the music, media, and young adult pastors since 2013. They have a passion for worship and an anointing that brings the presence of God. Their original songs are full of God’s love and hope. Buddy is originally from Central California, where he served as a worship leader. As a graphic designer and videographer, Buddy is also in charge of all the media for the church. Amy is from Southern California and has ministered in worship with TeenMania. Amy currently works as a teacher for Noah’s Ark Preschool. Together, they also lead the Young Adults group, Vibe. Married since 2011, they enjoy only the best coffee and have two of the cutest kitties, Suki & Mouse. Be sure to challenge them to a game of Killer Bunnies.
Jorge and Elizabeth Villalobos – Spanish Ministry Pastors
Jorge and Elizabeth have been serving as the Spanish Ministry Pastors since 2003. They desire to see the Spanish speaking community reached for the Lord and lives transformed by God just like they were. Through this ministry, they hope to see the gospel spread throughout the entire Bay Area. Jorge and Elizabeth were married in 2001 and have two children, Melissa and Daniel. They enjoy going to the beach in the summer and to the snow in the winter.
Mary Hitson – Bookkeeper, New Life Church and Marin Christian Academy
Mary has served on NLC staff since 1990. She has diligently served as secretary, office manager, and bookkeeper. Raised in the Northwest, Mary moved to Novato with her husband, Daniel, when the submarine he was stationed on was put into dry dock at Mare Island. After Daniel’s third consecutive tour of duty in Bay Area they settled in Petaluma. They have been married for over thirty years and have two children, and one beautiful grandbaby. Mary loves to try new recipes and is an excellent baker.
Patty Ireland – Secretary, New Life Church
Patty appreciates the opportunity to serve the Lord by directing people who call and come into the office to the appropriate ministerial staff and by providing clerical assistance to all the NLC staff. She is also the secretary for Christian Life International Bible College and oversees Christian Life Bookstore. Patty and her husband John are involved in the Ushering and Home Group ministries at New Life. She and her husband come from diverse backgrounds. John’s previous lifestyle includes riding a Harley and working as a coal miner in Ohio. Patty has always lived in the San Francisco Bay Area and has worked as a secretary for many of those years. In their spare time Patty and John like to take drives and view God’s creations.
Andrev and Michaela Baltazar – Pastors, New Life Santa Rosa
Michaela and her husband, Andrev, moved from the Philippines in 2006 to study at Christian Life International Bible College. They are the pastors of the Filipino Ministry in New Life which they have started in 2007. God has been faithful in bringing Filipino families into His kingdom since the ministry was birthed. They are also the lead pastors of New Life Santa Rosa, our sister church. In the Philippines, Michaela studied Biology and Andrev obtained a Psychology and Guidance Counseling degree. They were also associate pastors and youth pastors in their home church. Michaela is the daughter of Bishop Benjamin and Rev. Methusela Ramos, Senior Pastors of a church in the Philippines (a church partner of NLC). They have one son, Ethan.
Ruth Ann Newberry – Noah’s Ark Preschool Director
Ruth Ann has been the administrator of Noah’s Ark Preschool since 2003. She has a passion to see children taught and experience the love of God. Her desire is that both parents and children will have a positive Christian influence through a staff that works with a spirit of excellence. Ruth Ann has a B.S. in Biblical Studies and Early Childhood Education from Santa Rosa Junior College. She has been teaching for 21 years and directing for the last 10 years. She married her sweet husband Caleb in 1990 and they have three children – Joshua, Luke, and Tabitha. In her spare time, Ruth Ann loves to cook and do CrossFit.