Staff & Council

Our Staff, Council and Teams

Senior Pastor - Rev. Timothy Rodgers

Pastor Tim has been ministering at New Life since 1999, serving as Senior Pastor since 2002. He received his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as a Masters in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Through preaching, teaching and leadership, Pastor Tim loves to nurture the diverse New Life family in their life together in Christ. Pastor Tim participates in God’s restoring work in English Avenue as a member of the Historic Westside Cultural Arts Council, the neighborhood Public Safety Committee, and the Neighborhood Association.

Pastor Tim and his wife Andrea live in English Avenue with their two sons. For renewal, Pastor Tim enjoys walking or hiking with his family, windsurfing or playing almost any sport with his energetic boys.

Teams At New Life

Ministry in New Life Covenant  Church is organized by teams. Teams and their respective team leaders are always open to new volunteers. Team ministry is more than simply getting tasks done. Teams provide community for care, support, equipping and nurture. We welcome your gift on any of our teams. To serve, please email us at

2018 Team Leaders

Holistic Worship Team - Veronica Gilliard & Pastor Catherine Gilliard              Hospitality & Visitor Follow-up Team - Libby Hovey
Intercessory Prayer & Member Care Team - Chad Pickett           Spiritual Formation & Biblical Education Team - Pastor Tim Rodgers                            Restoration and Reconciliation Justice Team - Deric Gilliard Christian Community Development Team - Pastor Catherine Gilliard

Senior Pastor - Rev. Dr. Catherine Gilliard

Pastor Catherine has been ministering at New Life in 2009 and was called to co-senior pastor since 2014. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where she earned a bachelor of environmental design from the School of Architecture. She holds a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from North Park Theological Seminary. Pastor Catherine and her husband, Deric have three adult children and one grandson. 

Pastor Catherine is also Executive Director of the New Life S.A.Y. Yes! Center. The Center is a separate 501C3 of the church that provides academic support and mentoring to students in the English Avenue/Vine City neighborhoods.

Pastor Catherine loves teaching, traveling, cooking and reading. She specializes facilitating difficult communal conversations in the church, racial reconciliation, women in ministry and leadership development.

2018 Church Council

Chair: Veronica Gilliard                   Vice Chair: Chad Pickett Treasurer: Lee Walton Secretary: Ricky Jewett    Financial Secretary: Gladys Oliver                                 Members: Pastor Tim Rodgers, Pastor Catherine Gilliard, Pastor Jonathan Hovey



 Associate Pastor - Pastor Jonathan Hovey

Associate Pastor - Pastor Jonathan Hovey

Pastor Jonathan has been attending New Life Covenant Church since 2009. He was called as Associate Pastor in 2014. Pastor Jonathan has a bachelor of arts in Religion and Philosophy from Roberts Wesleyan College and a Masters of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is currently pursuing ordination to Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Covenant Church.
    Pastor Jonathan preaches, teaches adult Sunday school and represents New Life Covenant Church in the community. Pastor Jonathan is interested in intentional Christian community and how the gospel engages the world in a transformative way. In addition to ministry activities, Pastor Jonathan is a full-time cabinet maker and relaxes by hiking, biking and Mauy Thai with some youth from the 575 Youth Ministry.
    Pastor Jonathan and his wife Libby have lived in the English Ave neighborhood since 2012.

2018 Discipleship Group Leaders

575 Youth Discipleship Group: Pastor Catherine Gilliard & Pastor Tim Rodgers                           Men's Discipleship Group: Pastor Jonathan Hovey   Women's Discipleship Group: Gladys Oliver & Pastor Catherine Gilliard                                        Single's Discipleship Group: Veronica Gilliard                 Marriage Discipleship Group: Pastor Tim Rodgers