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. Shown below are 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 leaders, click on this contact New Life Church link, complete and submit 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

    PASTOR

    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.

New Life Leadership: Elders & Deacons

Deacons and Elders are elected officers who oversee the various ministries and operations of New Life 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 ministry coordinators below) oversee the mercy ministries of the church, coordinating the use of church resources, material and human, so that our church and our neighbors tangibly experience the love of God.

  • Buff AnDresen

    Elder

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

  • Michael Canino

    ELDER

    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.

  • John Green

    Elder

    John Green is an elder at New Life Church.  John has served as a deacon both here and at other churches and has 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 and his wife, Cheryl, live with their grandson Justice in Sunset Beach.

  • John Heider

    Deacon

    John Heider has recently been elected as a deacon at New Life Church.  His friendly smile and constant willingness to help others makes him a valuable part of our leadership team.  John and his wife, Ellen, live in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Rod Hughes

    Deacon

    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 and his wife Dianne live in Sunset Beach.

  • Dennis Yurcisin

    DEACON

    Dennis Yurcisin has recently been elected as a deacon at New Life Church.  Dennis is another individual who is always there to lend a helping hand.  Dennis and his wife, Sammie, live in Carolina Shores.

New Life Leadership: Ministry Coordinators & Leaders

Ministry Coordinators 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 and provide tangible compassion in our church, in our communities, and in our world.

  • Eric & Janet Dunkelberger

    Food Pantry Ministry Coordinators

    Eric and Janet Dunkelberger coordinate our partnership with the South Brunswick Interchurch Council sponsored food pantry. As a couple, they have served in this role for 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.  Eric and Janet live in Shallotte.

  • Dianne Hughes

    fellowship Meals coordinator

    Dianne Hughes coordinates our Sunday semi-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, and Dianne and her committee facilitate hospitality and fellowship. Dianne is married to Rod and they reside in Sunset Beach.

  • robin canino

    Welcome Center coordinator

    Robin Canino coordinates our Welcome Center at New Life Church.  Robin is a great prayer warrior, and she can usually be found near our entrance door each Sunday morning as she warmly greets people as they arrive.  She has a gift for making newcomers feel welcome.  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.

  • Janet Guido

    Mercy Meals Ministry Coordinator

    Janet Guido is sensitive to the needs of others in our congregation and oversees our Mercy Meals Ministry.  These meals are prepared or purchased by members of the congregation to help others going through an illness or other difficult time.  Janet and her husband, Charlie, live in Calabash.

  • ELAINE SPRINKLE

    Choir Director

    Elaine serves as the choir director for New Life Church.  Elaine loves music and enjoys helping groups of people blend their voices together to praise God.  She has served in this role for a number of years, going back to the Sunset Beach Community Church days.  Elaine and her husband, Bill, live in Calabash.