Onella Brown is a licensed minister with the Church of God. She has been a member of New Life since 2005. She serves on the Women's Discipleship Board and is co-lead teacher of the Women of Life with Pastor C. J. Bond. Additionally, she works in the Hospitality, Altar and Prayer Ministries. In 2017 she joined the New Life Office Staff.
She is a retiree from Tyler ISD where she was a middle school social studies teacher, assistant principal, principal and Dean of Student Services. Because of her passion for teaching, she was selected as Tyler ISD's Secondary Teacher of the Year 2002-2003.
Prior to entering the educational arena, Onella worked in the insurance industry as a medical claims examiner and customer service representative. She has served in the United States Marine Corps and Naval Reserves. She has Business Administration degrees from the University of Maryland (European Division) and the University of Texas at Tyler and a Master of Science Degree in Education from the University of Texas at Tyler.