meet the New life Team

Stephen and Jolynn Brown


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. 

Mike and Rose Butler


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?

18 years

3.What is your favorite midnight snack?

I have two: Grapes and cheese or Nachos

4.What is your favorite color?

Blue or Green.  Both favorites.

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

Regina huett


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.

Scott and Rachel Phillips

Assistant Pastors

Scott and Rachel joined the Kenai New Life ministry team in early 2019. 

They were married in 1993 and moved to Alaska that same year after serving in the U.S. Army where they first met. 

This began a remarkable season for the Phillips with Scott coming to faith in Christ through the ministry of Wasilla Assembly of God church (now Summit Worship Center). Their time in Wasilla set the trajectory for their marriage and family as the Lord began a deep work in their hearts. It was at this same time that Scott began to sense a calling to the ministry. 

Over the last 20 years Scott and Rachel have been involved in discipleship, working with Teen Challenge, Churches and Missions Organizations to serve in the advance of the life giving message of the Gospel.  

The Phillips have 5 children and 1 grandchild. Raymond, Kennedy, Scottlyn, Brooklyn, and Korbyn and granddaughter Madeline Grace.