meet the team

Let us introduce our pastoral staff...

It's wonderful to meet you!

Our pastoral staff is made up of several individuals that come from many different walks of life. God has brought a wonderful group of people together from different parts of Texas, Florida, Arkansas and even Canada to reach a common goal: to help heal the hurting and grow to serve. Led by Pastors Rod & Lezlie Trusty, this staff finds great joy in ministering to the community and dedicating our time and effort to grow this church. 

Rod & Lezlie Trusty

Lead Pastors
Our head pastors, Rod & Lezlie, work hard each day to guide our congregation and help raise up the next generation of God-fearing leaders. They do this by instilling New Life's core values into our church family. That is seeing people as Jesus sees them, loving them as they are, and loving them as we are.

Donnie Shinholser

Executive Pastor
Pastor Donnie serves God by serving the church. You'll find him speaking at the pulpit on a Sunday or two. But he's the man to find when you feel ready to join New Life as a member. Pastor Donnie oversees our Growth Track program, serve teams and the Young Adults ministry.

Leah Shinholser

Worship Arts Pastor
Our praise is a beautiful way to show our love and commitment to the Lord. Each week, Pastor Leah dedicates her heart into leading our church in worship. She oversees the arts including vocals, instrumentalists, dancers, actors and productions.

Philip Patterson

Youth Pastor
Where is Philip? Probably playing ping pong in the youth room... But when he isn't doing that, he is serving as our Youth Pastor! Pastor Philip heads Echo Student Ministries here at New Life. Each week he is working to mentor your middle and high school age students through bible teaching, worship, fellowship and outreach opportunities.

Erin Flewelling

Children's Pastor
Our children's ministry, New Life Kids, is led by the amazing Erin Flewelling! She and her team of caring teachers work diligently to provide a Godly experience of worship and interactive lessons for your kids ranging in age from infant to sixth grade! She also creatively plans some of New Life's biggest family events including our annual Fall Festival and Christmas production.

Elton & Linda Raney

Senior Adult Pastors
Pastors Elton and Linda pour into our senior adult ministry, otherwise known as Bridge Builders. They are filled with a passion to minister to those that are 55 years old and up! (If you catch them in the halls, ask about game night!)

John Flewelling

Media Director
John has served New Life Worship Center for 17+ years alongside his wife and children. He is the head of our media department and boy does he do it well! John helps to make the flow of our services look and sound fantastic. He also has the best laugh!

Sade Valderrama

Creative Director
New Life Worship Center wants to reach new souls for the kingdom beyond the walls of the church building. We can do that through the power of social media, advertising and fun content creation. You can find Sade on a Sunday morning with a camera lens in front of her eyes! Through marketing, photography, and content planning, she strives to reach people both in-person and online. Ask her about joining the creative team!

Onella Brown

Executive Assistant
Miss Onella is a deeply appreciated member of our team. Each day she supports the entire pastoral staff using her incredible gifts of organization and planning. She has been part of this church for many years and helps to bridge the connection between the congregation and our team. She greets all with a smile and is always prepared to answer your questions.

Jen Shaffer

Financial Account Manager
Texas native, Jen Shaffer, is the newest member of our staff! Not only is she the manager of the church finances, but she and her family serve in as many areas as needed. She's great with numbers but also has a lovely singing voice. You may spot her on stage on a Sunday morning. Jen can answer your questions regarding tithing and financial contributions.