New Life Church Staff & Leadership

New Life Church is blessed to have a number of men and women with loving hearts who give of their time and energy to serve God through providing leadership and direction for the ministries of the church. Together these staff, officers, leaders, and coordinators serve God, New Life Church, and our neighbors through servant leadership, partnering with church volunteers to carry out the ministries of New Life Church. Meet some of the men and women who help make New Life Church a city on a hill in Calabash and beyond. To contact one of these servant leaders, click on this contact New Life Church link, type out your inquiry, and we'll forward to the appropriate person.

New Life Staff

Our New Life staff is composed of a combination of full and part time employees who use their gifts to enhance the worship, fellowship, and outreach ministries of the church. These staff members work in partnership with one another and other leaders, ministry coordinators, and volunteers to help New Life Church flourish for the glory of God.



    Chris Gregory recently accepted our call to become the pastor at New Life Church.    He and his bride of 20 years, Reba, are blessed with seven children (ages 5-16).  

    Chris received his Masters of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary.  Each Sunday he shares expositions from God's Word, verse by verse, and each message is filled with challenges and encouragement. In addition, Pastor Chris has already demonstrated his love and concern for the individuals in our congregation, and we are excited about what God has planned as we move forward. 

  • mia cooper

    Administrative Assistant

    Mia is the administrative assistant for New Life Church.  She has over 30 years of experience in customer service and office administration, the last six in a similar position at a church in Lexington, North Carolina.  She will be overseeing our communications, managing the website & print media, sending out correspondence, and publicizing events. Her base of operations is at the church office located in The Brunswick Center at Calabash. Mia and her husband Rick recently moved to this  area from Lexington, North Carolina.

  • Elaine Sprinkle

    Choral Music director

    Elaine is the director of the choral music ministries of the church. Elaine loves music and enjoys helping groups of people blend their voices together to praise God. She brings her many years of singing and conducting experience to New Life Church following years of serving as the choir director at Sunset Beach Community Church.  Elaine and her husband, Bill, reside in Calabash.

New Life Leadership: Elders & Deacons

New Life Church Deacons and Elders are elected officers who oversee the various ministries and operations of the church. Elders provide spiritual and directional oversight for the church, shepherding and leading the church through God-centered, Biblical, Gospel-driven teaching, guidance, and nurture. Deacons (in partnership with the Deacon Assistants below) oversee the mercy ministries of the church, coordinating the use of our church resources, material and human, so that our church and our neighbors tangibly experience the love of God. These men partner with the deacon assistants, ministry coordinators, and the church body to foster unity, charity, and health in New Life Church.

  • John Green


    John Green is a deacon at New Life Church. John & his wife Cheryl were members at Sunset Beach Community Church for two years before it became New Life Church. John has served as a deacon at other churches and led nursing home ministries prior to moving to this area. John is currently ministering to residents at Arbor Landing, visiting and sharing the good news of Jesus with people there. John & Cheryl live with their grandson Justice in Sunset Beach.

  • Rod Hughes


    Rod Hughes is a deacon at New Life Church. Rod's gifts for mercy ministry are evident in the sensitivity he has to the needs of others and the numerous ways that offers himself in service to people in the congregation and in our community. His background in finance makes him a valuable steward in the area of finances for NLC. Rod & his wife Dianne live in Sunset Beach.

  • Buff AnDresen


    Buff Andresen is an elder and Praise Team leader at New Life Church. Buff and his wife Judy lived in New Jersey where Buff served as an elder, praise team leader, and Bible study leader in a church plant in Milford, NJ for almost 30 years before moving to this area in 2018. Buff is an experienced elder whose gifts in leadership, small groups, & music enrich the ministry of New Life Church. Buff & Judy live in Calabash.

  • Rick rueter


    Rick Rueter is an elder of New Life Church. Rick was as elder at Sunset Beach Community Church for many years and helped lead the church through its transition to becoming New Life Church in 2018. His role is primarily that of a ruling elder, providing direction in structuring, governing, and operational areas that serve the church's health and capacity to flourish. Rick & his wife Jo live in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Michael Canino


    Michael Canino is an elder at New Life Church. Michael and his wife Robin have lived in Carolina Shores since moving from New Jersey in December 2019. Michael was an assistant pastor for 12 years at First Baptist Church of Blackwood, New Jersey, where he taught Sunday School and assisted in pastoral care. His testimony of faith, ministry experience, and love for the Scriptures make him a vital member of the session at New Life Church. Michael & Robin live in Carolina Shores.

New Life Leadership: Deacon Assistants

and Ministry Coordinators

Deacon Assistants join with the Deacons to encourage, develop, and harness the resources of the church in the service of the needs of others. Ministry Coordinators are point persons who help lead, facilitate, and coordinate various worship, fellowship, outreach, and hospitality ministries of the church. Deacon Assistants and ministry coordinators help New Life Church provide tangible compassion in our church, in our communities, and in our world.

  • Erich & Janet Dunkelberger

    Deacon Assistants and Food Pantry Ministry Coordinators

    Erich and Janet Dunkelberger coordinate our partnership with the South Brunswick Interchurch Council sponsored food pantry. Erich and Janet have served in this over the past several years. The Dunkelbergers lead New Life Church's participation in the ministry of packaging food during the week and then its dispensing on select Saturdays throughout the year.

  • Dianne Hughes

    dEACON ASSISTANT and fellowship Meals coordinator

    Dianne Hughes coordinates our Sunday bi-monthly fellowship meals and special dinners at New Life Church. Dianne's demonstrated passion for welcoming and connecting with others flows into this ministry of hospitality at NLC. Eating together is a practice we emphasize at New Life, and Dianne and her committee facilitate hospitality and fellowship. Dianne is married to Rod and they reside in Sunset Beach.

  • robin canino

    DEACON ASSISTANT AND mercy meals coordinator

    Robin Canino coordinates the mercy meal ministry for New Life Church.  Robin is a great prayer warrior, and she is using her gift of hospitality to schedule the provision of meals for those in our congregation with a special need.  Before retiring, Robin worked as a scheduler for a dental practice for 23 years.  She and her husband Michael were married on January 1, 2005, and they now reside in Calabash.