Meet our Leadership

Get to know us before we ever know your name.  Our Pastors, Elders and Deacons all live out and model a follower of Jesus.

Rick Smail
Lead Pastor
Pastor Rick and Terrie came to New Life Church with a passion to see Rochester and the area around the city grow in hunger for the Kingdom of God. They bring 25 years of ministry experience with them and pray to use that experience to grow and strengthen the body of Christ here. The need to tell others about Christ and His love has never been needed more, and they are excited and prayerful as to where New Life fits into God's grand scheme. The work of five-fold ministry according to Ephesians is to "equip the saints for the work of ministry" and they do that with vigor and purpose. Shepherding God's people is what they love and it is part of everything they do; their presence in Rochester is purposed by God and they are blessed to be a part of such a great community. Rick is an avid runner, and a bad joke collector (for real); Terrie loves arts and crafts and her grand-kids. They have been married over 40 years with two grown children and 5 grandchildren
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Kem Mikesell
Kem and Lora Mikesell are natives in the Rochester area. The Mikesell's have been involved with New Life since its early years and are a key reason for the church's effectiveness in the area.
Steve Ulery
Steve and JoAnn have also been involved with New Life for many years. Modeling Jesus's love and having a servant's heart, they are small business owners in the Culver area, but spread joy to many that God puts in their paths.
Danny Donaldson
Danny and his wife Holly reside in the Peru area. Danny led us in Worship for many years playing piano and praising God with boldness. As a retired farmer, Danny has faith to see the great harvest of souls that God has promised us.
John Hayes
John and his wife Ashley desire to see others grow in the Lord. John is a manager in the engineering group at a nearby company. They both help lead Operation Christmas Child in Fulton County with Samaritan's purse and encourage the church to function as the body of Christ.
Roy Smith
Pictured with his wife Terry
John Penn
Pictured with his wife Barb
Mick Hoff
Picture coming soon
Lora Mikesell
Pictured with her husband Kem