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.

John Hayes
Lead Pastor

Having been in the community for a while, Pastor John and Ashley started attending service at New Life in 2013.  Ashley is a native to Rochester and John moved to surrounding area in 2004.  Rochester is their home and have a love for the community.  After serving in various roles at New Life, John transitioned from Associate Pastor to Lead Pastor in 2020.

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. Their presence in Rochester is purposed by God and they are blessed to be a part of such a great community.  They both have a passion for body ministry and encourage the church to function as the body of Christ.  There is a unique bond that occurs when believers gather together and praise God in unity.  God has given them a shepherds heart and a vision for Rochester and the surrounding communities.  

John is also a manager in the engineering group at a nearby company.  John and Ashley have been married for 12 years and have 2 beautiful daughters.  They spend a lot of time outdoors and enjoy seeing God's creation. 

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.
Kim Meyer
John Penn
Pictured with his wife Barb
Mick Hoff
Picture coming soon
Lora Mikesell
Pictured with her husband Kem