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 38 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’s journeys of faith and marvel at “how much better they are at this age than we were”.  Son, Mitch & his wife Kayla, are in Chattanooga, Tennessee where Mitch is a youth minister and Kayla is a teacher.  They are parents of 7-year old Hunter Reid. (Melinda has photos…)   Son, Conner, is a youth minister in Conroe, Texas where he recently transitioned from bachelorhood to instant family man when he married Lindsey and her precious children, Elle and Jude.   Daughter, Darci Armstrong (married to Brance, who works for Beltway Park Church in Abilene), works for her alma mater, Abilene Christian University, where she is the Associate Director of Campus Visits.

Tim is an extrovert who enjoys people, going to the movies, working out, Mexican food, and long road-trips.  He's a news and podcast junkie.  Melinda functions as an extrovert and loves people, but is fueled while alone.  She loves long morning quiet time and at least two silent/solo retreats per year.  She loves relaxing vacations (especially at the beach on "Sistercation"), laughing really hard, reading (or listening to) a good book, and anything involving time with the kids.  In the past few years, Tim & Melinda have been called to the ministries of spiritual formation (Tim) and spiritual direction (Melinda) and have individually gone through different 18-month programs for certification in these areas, tools which are helpful in ministering and loving people.



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

Derie serves part time on staff at New Life Church.  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 and tries to keep up with her two grown step-sons, Justin and Jordan.

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.