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 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

Senior Pastor - Rev. Dr. Catherine Gilliard

Pastor Catherine has been ministering at New Life since 2009. 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 four adult children. 

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 at-risk children and youth in the English Avenue/Vine City neighborhoods.

Pastor Catherine loves teaching, traveling, cooking and reading. She is a support resource to pastors and church leaders. She specializes in the areas of having difficult communal conversations in the church, racial reconciliation, women in ministry and leadership development.

2017 Church Council

Chair: Veronica Gilliard, Vice Chair: Ricky Jewett, Treasurer: Chad Pickett, Secretary: Stephen Causby, Financial Secretary: Gladys Oliver, Members: Lee Walton, 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 April of 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 Christian education classes and is on the 575 Youth Team. He represents New Life Covenant Church at the English Avenue Community meetings. 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.

2017 Team Leaders

Experiencing Worship Team - Veronica Gilliard; Hospitality Team - Marcia MacKall; Holy Spaces Team - Chad Pickett;
Intercessory Prayer, Member Care & Visitor Follow-up Team - Deric Gilliard;  Spiritual Formation & Christian Education Team - Pastor Tim Rodgers; Restoration and Reconciliation Justice Center Team - Adam Quick; Community Engagement Team - Billie Walker

2017 Discipleship Group Leaders

 575 Youth Discipleship Group: Pastor Catherine Gilliard & Pastor Tim Rodgers; Men's Discipleship Group: Pastor Jonathan Hovey; Women's Discipleship Group: Pastor Catherine Gilliard; Single's Discipleship Group: Adam Quick; Marriage Discipleship Group: Pastor Tim Rodgers;