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New Life Conference: Essential Church


What is essential to your church? What are the things that matter most out of all the things you do? It’s so easy to get caught up in the pursuit of more, or to lose ourselves in the busyness of the urgent and the good, that we end up drifting from the center. It’s time to return to the heart of it all, to strengthen the core, to become best at what matters most.

We want you to consider hosting a conversation in your church with your team of leaders that will help you explore the health, the story, the practices, structures, and power that are essential to our call as local church ministry leaders. It’s time to become an essential church.

Brady is married to his college sweetheart, Pam, and is the dad to great kids named Abram and Callie. He has written five books: Addicted to BusyFear No EvilSons & DaughtersLet Her Lead, and Speak Life. (All are available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble). He’s also really serious about caring for the people of Colorado Springs by opening numerous Dream Centers.
He has a degree in Journalism from Louisiana Tech, has been a radio announcer for professional baseball and basketball teams, and was the Sports Editor for his college newspaper. Before coming to New Life in 2007, he served Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, for almost seven years.



Derwin L. Gray is the founding and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community with two campuses in South Carolina (Indian Land and Rock Hill), both just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Transformation Church (TC) also has two campuses in South Carolina Correctional Institutions (Kershaw and Lee). For three out of the last five years, TC has been recognized as one of the top 100 fastest-growing churches in America by Outreach magazine. Gray met his wife, Vicki, at Brigham Young University. They have been married for over 20 years and have two children.



Rich Villodas is the Lead Pastor at New Life Fellowship Church. On October 6th, 2013, Rich succeeded Pete Scazzero as Lead Pastor. Rich was born and raised in the East New York section of Brooklyn, just 20 minutes from New Life. He graduated from Nyack College and then went on to complete a Masters of Divinity degree at Alliance Theological Seminary. When Rich is not reading, he is cheering on his beloved Mets, Knicks and Jets teams. Rich is married to Rosie and they have a little girl and boy, named Karis and Nathan.



Glenn Packiam is a the lead pastor of New Life Downtown, a congregation of New Life Church where he also serves on the Executive Team.

He is the author of Discover the Mystery of FaithLUCKYSecondhand Jesus, and Butterfly in Brazil. He’s also the writer of beloved New Life worship songs, like “Your Name” and “My Savior Lives.”

Glenn holds a BA in Theological/Historical Studies, a Masters in Management, and, after doing two years of graduate work at Fuller Theological Seminary, is earning his doctorate in theology at St. John’s College at Durham University in the UK. Glenn, his wife, Holly, their four children are enjoying life in the shadow of the mighty Rocky Mountains.



Daniel grew up as a pastor’s kid in Tulsa, Oklahoma and loved his upbringing in the church. After playing a little bit of Division I basketball and a lot of music at Oral Roberts University, he received his degree in theology in 2005. That same summer, Daniel married his bride, Lisa, and a week after their wedding they moved to Colorado Springs to join the staff of New Life Church. They have three children–Lillian, Wilson, and Wakley–and they love to get outside to enjoy the rugged beauty of Colorado. Daniel serves as the lead pastor of the New Life Friday Night congregation.



Dr. Michelle Anthony is the Executive Pastor of Families at New Life Church and Dean of Youthmin Academy. She is the author of Spiritual Parenting, The Big God Story, Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family, A Theology of Familiy Ministry and her newest book, 7 Family Ministry Essentials. Michelle has over 30 years of church ministry and leadership experience in children’s and family ministries and graduate degrees in Christian Education, Bible and Theology from Talbot School of Theology and and her doctorate of Education from Southern Seminary. In her free time, Michelle enjoys being with her family, reading a good book, and the beach while drinking a strong cup of coffee.



Tom serves as the Campus Pastor for the Dallas campus of Gateway Church. As campus pastor he leads the campus ministry team and staff to execute the vision and values of Gateway as they minister to the Dallas congregation. In addition to his campus pastor responsibilities he serves as Lead Executive Pastor over the Apostolic Outreach ministries of the church. In his position of Lead Executive Senior Pastor he oversees the outside ministries associated with the church, working with the senior management team in this area to execute the outreach vision and values of the church. His ministry experience spans more than 34 years in various ministries and roles, and his relational style and personal experiences bring a warmth to his leadership, speaking, writing, and pastoral ministry. In addition to coauthoring He Still Speaks, Tom has also authored four other books: The Influence of a Father, Conversations with God, Letters from a Dad to a Graduate, and Strong Women and the Men Who Love Them, which he coauthored with his wife, Jan. He has also written articles for Ministry Today and has produced Foundations, a DVD series on healthy church government. Tom and Jan have been married for 44 years and have four married children and 15 grandchildren.



Jimmy Evans is Founder and CEO of MarriageToday, a ministry that is devoted to helping couples thrive in strong and fulfilling marriages and families. Jimmy also serves as the Lead Apostolic Senior Pastor at Gateway Church, a multi-campus church in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and as Senior Elder of Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo, Texas. Jimmy has authored more than fifteen books, among which are his best selling works, Marriage on the Rock, Lifelong Love Affair, The Right One and his newest book, Strengths Based Marriage.



Pastoring New Life Church through worship and leading the Desperation Band, Jon is best known for writing songs Overcome, I am Free, Here In Your Presence, and Strong God. With a deep love for the Spirit, Jon can often be found leading God’s people to proclaim truth over lies, freedom over fear, and life over death. He loves community, which can be found in the unified team of New Life Worship, which has deep history of innovation and creativity. Co-founder of “Heartwork”, a ministry focused on the young people of our nation rescuing the lives of the orphaned and less fortunate, Jon champions our worship leading to action. Jon and his wife Paige have three children. Twins Jones and Izzy and little Lewis.



Stephanie Henderson is the Executive Pastor of Women, Creative Arts and Section Community at New Life Church. She is the author of Unforgettable – God’s Relentless Heart for His Daughters and Her Heart Is Torn.

Stephanie has over 30 years of ministry and leadership experience including 12 years as a women’s conference speaker. Empowering teams to fulfill their God-inspired destiny and providing opportunities to grow and flourish within their gifting largely expresses her passion for ministry and growing leaders.

AVAILABLE MARCH 9 & 10, 2018 *

The New Life Conference has been created to offer the most flexibility for you and your leadership team. Each segment has been individually segmented so you can make the schedule that will work best for your team.  You also have flexibility to choose date(s) and a time frame that will work for you.

  • Essential Health
  • Essential Story
  • Essential Justice: Power, Poverty, and Race Reconciliation
  • Essential Practices
  • Essential Structure
  • Essential Power

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