The New Life Staff

Tim & Melinda Halstead


Tim and Melinda Halstead met years ago in a Singles group at church, developed a deep friendship, eventually married, and have shared in ministry for 33 years.  The ministry-sharing was taken to another level in 2005 when they moved from The Woodlands, Texas to Odessa, Texas to plant New Life Church.  Tim and Melinda are partners in ministry, in shepherding, in mentoring and, of course, in parenting.  They give God the glory for their children’ journeys of faith and marvel at “how much better they are at this age than we were”.  Son, Mitch & his wife Kayla are in youth ministry in Chattanooga, Tennessee and are parents of 3 year old Hunter Reid. (Melinda has photos…)   Son, Conner, is the youth minister at the Conroe Church of Christ in Conroe, Texas.  Daughter, Darci, graduated from Abilene Christian University in May and is currently serving a one-year internship at Camp Olympia in Trinity, Texas.

Tim is a true extrovert who enjoys people, going to movies, working out, and long road-trips.  Melinda functions as an extrovert, but loves her quiet time and solitude.  She is currently going through a program to become a Spiritual Director.  She loves relaxing vacations, reading a good book, and anything involving time with the kids.

 

 

Jeremiah and Hanna Foley

 


Jeremiah and Hannah Foley are on staff at New Life Church serving as the youth ministers and are working to develop a college program. They have been married for 5 years and have three young children: Samuel, Piper, and most recently, Aiden.  Jeremiah recently made the transition from the business world, where he owned and operated a manufacturing company, to full time ministry in 2013 after a three month internship at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. As well as being deeply involved in ministry with Jeremiah, Hannah is a professional photographer and executive director of a small non-profit.
 
Discipleship has been a passion for the Foleys for years, so transitioning into youth ministry at New Life has been such an exciting blessing for their family. Their prayer is that students would encounter the living God in a powerful way. If you're interested in visiting or being a part of the youth services feel free to come and join us Wednesday and Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:30.

 

Jana Harlow

Jana met her husband, Chris, at UT- Permian Basin in the Fall of 2005.  After their marriage in 2006, the moved to Mesquite,Texas where they were both teachers.  In 2012, they decided to move back to Odessa to get closer to both of their families and to aid in help with their triplet boys, Aiden, Preston and Carter, whom were born in December of 2009.

Jana loves kids and serving others. She decided to get into Children’s Ministry in 2016 after being involved with it at New Life.  She and her family continue to grow in their love of the Lord daily.  Both Chris and Jana are actively involved in the church with life groups and other activities.  You can find Chris leading the Man Church on Saturday mornings. Jana enjoys all sports especially volleyball, which she played in college, kids, teaching, golf, drinking coffee and cooking.

 

Don and Derie Tohkubbi

Don and Derie serve part time on staff at New Life Church.  Don can be found in the audio/visual booth on Sunday mornings mixing the worship band and singers and making sure Tim's mic is turned on and up when he delivers the sermon.  Don has a passion for "old school" Christian music and collects vinyl records of many of those bands.  He has two grown sons, Justin and Jordan.

Derie maintains the website, offers administrative support and offers general support for the church staff and church body.  Derie would love to stay home and crochet all day, but she is actively involved with her two boys, Ethan and Hayden and their many activities.

Don and Derie are growing in their love for the Lord and each other.  They are both involved in multiple life groups, bible studies and making Bible reading a favorite past time.