our staff

New Life is blessed to have a loving, united and gifted staff whose great desire is to serve Jesus and the body of New Life.  Get to know them-click on photo]

  • Eric Von Raeder  

    Senior Pastor

    elder/board member

    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, and am a writer, actor, playwright, ski instructor--among other things. I was saved in 1992 during a dramatic conversion and by 1993 God called Peggy and me into ministry. Peggy, an accomplished worship leader, led 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 2005. In March, 2007, 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.)

  • dan horst   

    associate  pastor

    elder/board member

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  • debbie sutherland

    administrative assistant

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  • Rhonda catherina

    Worship Director

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  • maureen horst

    women's Ministry


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Our board

Every church is in need of wise counsel. Together with our Pastors, our remaining Board members are dedicated to prayer and unity as they discuss and implement processes and procedures needed to keep our Body fit and running smoothly. Please take a minute to meet them and pray for our Team. We are thankful for their commitment, discernment, dedication and love!

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our elders

Our Elder Team gives prayer and guidance to the Body of Christ at New Life.  They support the Pastors and Board members with their wisdom and counsel, their presence and their prayers.  We value our dedicated Elders-please pray for them as they help lead the team with their service. [learn more by clicking on photo]

  • loyd hobby

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  • david catherina

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  • Elias Arre

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  • jerry lettmann

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