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.


Monica Baxter

Office Manager


Vicar Lindsay Fertig-Johnson

Lindsay is a Master of Divinity student at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA. In addition to her intern role at New Life, Lindsay serves at the Festival Center, a faith-based social justice incubator in Washington DC. Lindsay is a doodler and published graphic artist who loves creating to connect with the Creator. In her free time, Lindsay loves being in outdoors and spending time with her wife, Sarah, and dog, Dietrich “Didi” Bone-Hoeffer.

Margaret Tracy

Music Director

My grandmother was a musician. She played the organ and loved old music and hymns. My mother and father both played the piano and my mom sang in the church choir. I have 6 sisters and all of us took piano lessons and other instruments including trumpet, french horn and flute. So, I guess I was destined to be musical.

I am a classically trained pianist and recently learned guitar on my own. I love Christian music. All of it. Old hymns, contemporary songs, gospel, instrumental, operas- all of it.

I presently work with the elderly and am blessed to be their song leader in both secular and Christian music. I am married and have 2 children and have a degree in social work. I am very thankful for this awesome opportunity at New Life.

Karen Weitendorf

Director Youth Choir

Dave Tomsky

Celebration Band Director

Roman and Barbara Drozdz



Carol Mucha

Nursery Coordinator

I have been serving in the Nursery for over 5 years 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

Kevin Bramwell, John Beaugard, Suzanne Schorsch, Mike Green, Shawn Lord, Michelle Stoehrmann, Ben Armstrong, Gwyn Pounds, Josh Schmidt, Cyndi Torkelson, Pastor Rakel