New Life Staff

  • Tim & Melinda Halstead

    Senior Pastor

    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 over 4 decades.  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 9-year old Hunter Reid. Son, Conner, is a youth minister in Conroe, Texas where in spring of 2019 he transitioned from bachelorhood to instant family man when he married Lindsey and her precious children, Elle and Jude. Then in October 2020, they were blessed with baby Charlotte Elizabeth! 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 Director of New Student Enrollment, Campus Visits, Special EventsTim 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 which are helpful in ministering and loving people.

  • Daniela Waycaster

    Kids Pastor

    Daniela serves as the Kids Pastor at New Life Church. She has a passion to reach, teach and release kids to take their rightful place in the Body of Christ. Daniela graduated from UT Permian Basin and received a Bachelor’s in Biology and a teaching certificate in EC-6. Since that time, she has spent several years involved in (and falling in love with) student and kids’ ministry. In July 2019, the Lord presented an opportunity for her to move into that work full-time. As a Kids Pastor, Daniela leads a team that brings faith alive in creative and energetic ways through experiments, art lessons, technology, puppets, food and other crazy methods. Daniela enjoys hiking, yoga, taking her dog Scotty everywhere, rock climbing, dancing, and generally being silly. What she most loves is spending time with her husband, Scott and AMAZING bonus kids, Diezel and Dante. Together they enjoy spontaneous adventures, board games, playing Rock Band and again, being generally silly. Scott works sound for Sunday service at New Life Church. He enjoys videography, all things tech, traveling and being a behind-the-scenes helper to Daniela in ministry. 

  • Ty Jones

    Worship Minister

    Ty serves as the Worship Minister at New Life Church. He loves to minister to the heart of God and he loves to see people grow into true worshipers of Jesus. Accordingly, he has been leading praise and worship for 20 years. As a worship minister, Ty and his team love and serve people by leading them to an encounter with God through songs of praise to Him. His style is contemporary and upbeat, encouraging the assembly to respond in gratitude to God’s mercy, grace and goodness. Ty has an associate degree from Western Texas College, and will soon graduate from Liberty University with a bachelor's degree in Christian Studies.

  • Derie Tohkubbi

    Administrative Support

    Derie serves part time on staff at New Life Church. Derie offers administrative support and 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.