Staff and Elders

Meet the team.

Lead Pastor/Elder
God is making all things new through Jesus!
That gives Mark hope and joy as he leads New Life Community. He was raised in the Central Valley and returned with a love for its people and culture. Mark  received his Master of Divinity degree from FPU Biblical Seminary and has led churches in California, Oklahoma and Kansas. Mark and Laurie live in Dinuba and have four grown children and three grandchildren.

Joanna Espinoza Brooks

Nursery & Childcare Coordinator
Joanna and Lafayette, Sr. first brought their five kids to New Life Community in July 2021 for VBS.  She loves kids and caring for the little ones in the nursery. Joanna also provides and coordinates childcare for Celebrate Recovery on Thursday evenings.  The Brooks family lives in Visalia.
NLC Kids Ministry Director
Jessica loves kids, especially the little ones! She is a Preschool Teacher for Kings Canyon USD. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Fresno Pacific University and is working to complete her Master's Degree in Social and Emotional Learning at National University. Jessica desires to provide a safe place for children to learn about God's amazing love for them. She and her husband Joshua live in Orange Cove with their six amazing children.

Elaine Isaak

Business Administrator
Elaine is originally from Washington State, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in English.  She wears several hats in the office while supporting the staff and congregation.  She and husband Steve live in Reedley and have two married children.

Steve Sandoval

Youth Ministries Leader
Steve joined New Life Community as youth pastor in February 2021. He serves Lincoln School in Dinuba as a Youth for Christ staffer. Steve and Anatalia live in Kingsburg. 
Worship Ministries Leader
Henry joined New Life Community as worship ministries leader in December 2021. He and Ruth are both staffers with Tulare/Kings Youth for Christ. They live in Visalia and have three grown sons.

Stephanie Morales

Worship Leader
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Joe Ehoff

Facilities Manager
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Kelly Friesen

Assistant Business Administrator
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