Pastor Rakel Evenson

Lead Pastor

I love serving as Pastor at New Life and find deep joy in all the ways we are a blessing as the church to each other, our community and our world. I joined the staff in 2008; my husband Ben and I have two children and when we’re not doing church activities, we like music, parks, and Legos.


Susan Brown

Leader of Ministry Communication and Coordination

I have been a member of New Life since 1996 and was excited to join the staff in 2017. I am eager to share my talents to help communicate the many ministries and events at New Life with the congregation and our community. My husband, Jeff, and I are blessed to have 3 children that are growing up in the church.

Monica Baxter

Office Manager


Agata Olszakowska

Director of Music

It is with such joy that I will be serving New Life Church since music is my life. I have a master’s degree in music education from the Music Academy, Krakow, Poland. In a span of 30 years, I have taught music in Poland, United Kingdom, and United States. For eight years, I have worked in orchestras for Polish Radio and TV. I also teach private piano lessons. In 2006, God opened the doors for me, and I’ve been sharing my gift of liturgical music ever since. My husband Jack and I have one son, Alex, who is a blessing to us. I thank God for this gift of music He has given me, and I look forward to meeting you.

Frantisek Janak


You could say I am a pretty international person. I grew up in the Czech Republic and it was there, where Jesus reached me in my college years. This prompted me to study Mission Work as my undergraduate degree in Slovakia and from there I went on a ministry internship in Switzerland, where I received the call to the ordained ministry. I also met my wife there and later married in her home state of Colorado.

I am currently a student at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago preparing myself for parish ministry in the ELCA.

I am particularly interested in creating multicultural communities, where people, especially young adults, feel emboldened to take up leadership roles.

I’m excited to be a part of the New Life community for the coming year.

Karen Weitendorf

Director Youth Choir

Dave Tomsky

Celebration Band Director

Roman and Barbara Drozdz



Carol Mucha

Nursery Coordinator

I will be celebrating my 5 year anniversary in June with serving in the Nursery and leading as Nursery Coordinator. I have loved caring for all the little ones and getting to see them grow!

Stacie Ritz

Nursery Attendant

Jenni Bennecke

Nursery Attendant

Church Council

John Beaugard, Jerry Streeky, Josh Schmidt, Mark Arentsen, Nancy Leiting, Suzanne Schorsch, Jason Scott, Sharon Texley, Lorie Cristofaro, Cyndi Torkelson, Pastor Rakel