Our Staff


New Life Church Elder Board

Graig Austin

Sara and I got involved at New Life Church in a unique way: We met a staff member while he was raising support, and he invited us to join the work that the church was doing on the ground in Ann Arbor. We joined New Life to be a part of something amazing that God […]

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Erik Weber

I committed my life to Christ in the summer between my sophomore and junior years at the University of Michigan. Then, a friend invited me to come to New Life where I was connected with a community of believers who loved me and built deeply into my life. My beautiful wife Alexi and I met […]

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Nik Spasovski

God called me to campus ministry while I was a student at the University of Michigan, I saw the need for students to know and experience the love and grace of the Jesus of the Bible. I saw and experienced that myself first hand and I wanted others to experience the same freedom, community, and […]

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Rick Keith

I have been serving as a Pastor at New Life since 2001. My role, essentially, is to focus on the care and development of the staff and pastors. It is our hope to raise up pastors and teams to plant churches on other college campuses. My wife Carol and I met at New Life when […]

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Ben Brand

I didn’t grow up going to church, but during my sophomore year of college I was searching for something I couldn’t define and decided to give church a chance. New Life was the closest one to my dorm, so I went to check it out. I kept coming back for the great talks, awesome worship, […]

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Jason Bennett

In the summer of 2006, I married my beautiful wife Tami, moved to Ann Arbor, and started grad school…in L.A. It was during this season that we first visited New Life Church. It didn’t take long to fall in love with the vision of making disciples and the dream of being a multigenerational church that […]

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Kyle Chase

Kyle Chase is a pastor at New Life Church whose primary responsibilities include the oversight and discipleship of North Campus students and staff as well as oversight of the teaching ministry at New Life Church. He is a husband and father who is passionate about raising his two boys as well as seeing University of […]

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Joel VanderSchel

My wife, Rose, and I were high school sweethearts from the marching band: the drummer boy and the flag girl. We have four awesome boys and one very sweet little lady: Jonathan, David, Michael, Timothy, and Mary. I got involved in New Life when it wasn’t so widely known on campus, and the means were […]

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Campus Staff

Ministering to students living in Ypsilanti, on EMU's campus, or attending Washtenaw Community College

Holly Chuang

I grew up in a campus town. My parents graduated from undergrad there. When they were students, a campus ministry reached out to them and in that community of believers, they became the first in their families to become Christians. They raised me in the Church where I heard and believed the gospel at a […]

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Sarah Santini

It is a miracle that I am here. I don’t deserve to help plant a church for college students in Ypsilanti. I am just a woman whom God has chosen to mercifully rescue, gloriously ruin, and extravagantly redeem for His glory. I am nothing but an example that God can use anyone. I love the […]

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Kirsten Allen

I have been in campus ministry at some level for the last seven years. For the last three years, I have been involved at Eastern Michigan University. My heart’s desire is to reach this generation with the amazing good news of God’s unconditional love and grace. My husband of twenty-five years and I serve together […]

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