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I have a heart for the Word of God and impart that word to His people. I am passionate about presenting the message with truth and integrity straight from the Holy Book. I have a burden to help people be accountable to God and help them see Him in every aspect of their lives; to help them discover the gifts they have been given and equipping them with tools to implement those gifts to service--Honoring God and furthering His kingdom. My true passion is to preach the word of God and see people receive Him, then live in the love and grace of Jesus Christ.

I was raised in Southern California in Turunga and in 1983 met and married my beautiful wife, Peggy. We moved to Yosemite National Park in 1985 where I worked at the Stables as a guide and packer; eventually becoming the Stables manager. In 1990 we were blessed to have a daughter, Amanda; followed in 1995 by a son, Jordan. God has brought me through many long roads and has been able to use both good and bad to mold me into the man He wanted to be. I have been a cowboy on a cattle ranch, worked at Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite, among other occupations.

I was saved in 1992 during a dramatic conversion and by 1993 God called Peggy and me into ministry. Peggy, an accomplished worship leader, lead worship while I preached in the Yosemite campgrounds. But in 1996, the Lord packed up the Von Raeder family and plunked us down in Colorado where I managed a Colorado guest Ranch in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. I later joined the pastoral staff of the Boulder Valley Vineyard Christian Fellowship. I wore various hats there, including ministering to Youth & College Age. In 2001, we returned to our beautiful Sierra Mountains and again lived and worked in Yosemite. During that time, God lead us to New Life where I joined staff as Associate Pastor in 2004. In March, 2006, the mantle of Senior Pastor was passed on to me. In my free time, I love to spend time in the Word, work out, run, hike, camp, watch movies (John Wayne is one of my favorites) and being with my incredible family (which includes my dog, Wylie.) 

I am honored and humbled to be the Senior Pastor in such a wonderful community as New Life.


von raeder

Worship is my passion, my heart's desire, my greatest joy and humble calling. I stand amazed at a God who can use a willing heart and a deep love for Him in this way. I am a self-taught, God-given worship leader who finds great meaning and purpose pleasing my Father with music. My hope and desire is to represent this form of worship in such a way that He is honored--shown as being worthy of all praise and that others will want to join me in worshipping Him, too. 

I was born and raised in "sunny" Southern California with a "sunny" disposition. The youngest in my family, I was often center of attention and began performing at age 4. Although I loved to dance and act, when I sang, I knew that's what I wanted to be. A singer. I had thoughts of stage and lights, until I met the creator of light! 

I fell in love with a cowboy on the back of a horse in 1983 and have happily ridden through life's ups and downs with him. We had a whirlwind romance and these two crazy kids didn't have time for that that fancy, big, white dress kind of 10 years later, my romantic husband staged a surprise renewing of vows--attendants, fancy hall, white dress, all our loved ones, wedding cake and actually, a new bride and groom because we had given our hearts and lives over to our Lord and Savior Jesus! Our beautiful children, Amanda & Jordan, have made our lives complete and we live a life according to His calling. 

We have moved many times within California and Colorado and are blessed by all the loving friends we have made along the way. (See my husbands profile above--Eric Von Raeder.) I have always been a part of a worship band or supporting my husband as a Pastor in any way I can. Life in our latest adventure has landed us at New Life and called me to be Director. This passion and calling has only intensified as I continue to draw closer and closer to Him. I enjoy walking, playing games, spending time in The Word, playing music for other ministries outside of New Life, special times with family and friends, and doing projects around my home. My great joy is to serve my Lord and I will as long as I have breath! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!! (Psalm 150)    

New Life Christian Fellowship

5089 Cole Road

Mariposa, CA 95338

209. 966.7734