Stephen and JoLynn have led New Life since 1988. Stephen and JoLynn have been married since 1982. They have served churches in various capacities in Stanwood, WA, Juneau, Anchorage and Kenai, AK. Stephen was raised in Alaska and JoLynn in Montana. They have two sons and three grandchildren.
Stephen graduated with a B.A. from Northwest University and with an M.A. from Azusa Pacific University. He currently serves as the Treasurer for the Alaska Ministry Network. Both Stephen and JoLynn are ordained ministers with the General Council of the Assemblies of God.
STUDENT MINISTRIES AND WORSHIP PASTOR
5 things to know about me:
1.What are your favorite things to do?
Disc Golf, Board Games with friends or kids, Watching Netflix with Rose while eating a hot plate of Nachos, Watching Football. Go SEAHAWKS! Sitting in my chair in the morning with coffee in one hand and You Version in the other. Playing music with the New Life Worship Team
2.How long have you been in youth ministry?
Just over a decade
3.What is your favorite midnight snack?
I have two: Grapes and cheese or Nachos
4.What is your favorite color?
Blue/Green I call it “Gablue” or “Bleen”
5.What countries have you been to?
God has blessed me with a wonderful family. I am married to an incredible woman, Rosanne Butler. One thing that sets her apart is her character, she is true to herself and those she comes to know. We have 5 kids. Ryder, likes video games and Nerf, Hannah, likes video games. Ella, likes art, Greylon, likes to say colors, and Emerson, our youngest.
It is an honor and a privilege to serve New Life in Worship and in Youth Ministry. I have been involved in full time ministry for over 15 years. God called me first to ministry when I was 15 years old. I finished High School in Arlington, Washington and then pursued ministry. I attended Arlington Master’s Commission for 3 years, and during my third year I came to Alaska for an internship at Peninsula Christian Center in Soldotna. In 2002 I started full time as Youth Pastor at Peninsula Christian Center, and was on staff for 8 years. I have been attending New Life since 2010, and began volunteering with them in ministry in 2011. I have been on full time staff since July of 2013 and looking forward to what God has planned for New Life
Connie comes to us from Southern California with more than 30 years of children's ministry experience. She has adopted Alaska as her home, taken with the natural beauty of our state, lack of traffic and no stifling heat!
Regina is an Arkansas native, just wait until she answers the phone when you call - there will be no doubt. She is grandma to three granddaughters which is what coaxed her north. Regina has a great gift for hospitality as well as keeping the rest of the church staff organized and the communications flowing.