New Life Ministry Team

Senior Pastor

Senior Pastor

Darwin Burks

Pastor Burks was born in Jasper, TX in 1974, never realizing that he would return 28 years later to help plant a church in the very city in which he was born.  But that is exactly what happened!

He began his ministry at the age of sixteen.  After graduating from high school in 1992, he evangelized for five years.  Then he and his new bride moved to California to attend Christian Life College.  During his time there, Pastor Burks served as Student Body President two years and graduated at the top of his class while earning his Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Theology.

In 2002, he came to Jasper to help plant New Life Church.  Since that time, God has richly blessed!   Our Pastor has led this church to become a worshipping, revival church.  We have seen many great things in the past twelve years and great things are still happening!

Pastor Burks has served on the Media Missions board of the Texas District and is currently serving in a capacity that is close to his heart, the North American Missions board of the Texas District.  We love you Pastor!

Youth Pastor


 Bro. Jody and Sis. Monica Suchanek

Music Director

Music Director

Lauralee Burks

Sis. Lauralee is our Pastor’s wife but she is also a talented singer and musician.  She graduated at the top of her class from Christian Life College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Applied Piano.  She has developed a powerful music ministry at New Life Church.  Our praise team is talented but, most of all, they are anointed under her direction!  We are so thankful for the excellence at which she directs our Music Ministry.

Sis. Lauralee has also earned her Bachelor of Science in Child Development with a minor in Education.  She was an elementary school teacher for 5 years but recently resigned to be full time at New Life Church.  We thank her for her sacrifice and efforts thus far and we are excited about the future of the New Life Church music ministry!

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Eric and Bethany Davis

Bro. Eric and Sis. Bethany Davis are the directors of our New Beginnings ministry at New Life Church.  They are responsible for organizing and directing social and spiritual events for our young couples.

Bro. Eric Davis started his ministry at the age of twenty-two.   Shortly after, he married Sis. Bethany and they now have a beautiful daughter, Edyn. He is a Local Licensed minister of the Texas District UPC and has grown into a tremendous preacher and ministers often in area churches.  He has bought in whole heartedly to the vision of New Life Church and is used often in leading worship and preaching in our local assembly.  Sis. Bethany holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education and is a school teacher at Newton Elementary school.  She also directs Signs of New Life.  They share their life with a beautiful daughter Edyn Catherine.

They both are tremendous worshippers and occupy an invaluable place at NLC.  We are excited about their future and the ministry of New Beginnings!

LifeKids Children’s Ministry

LifeKids Children’s Ministry

Sis. Angie Stanley

Sis. Angie Stanley was raised in a minister’s home.  Her father was a North American Missionary and started several churches.  This has helped to prepare her uniquely for work in the kingdom.  Sis. Angie is currently three classes shy of earning her Associates in Child and Family Development.   She currently holds TDFPC Child Care license for the state of Texas.

We are excited to see God use her greatly in our LifeKids Children’s Ministry!  She is assisted by a wonderful team of teachers that provide foundational teaching every Sunday Morning.  In addition to Sunday-School, LifeKids has children’s church that involves singing, puppets, and interactive worship.  We also have an annual children’s crusade in the fall that has proven to be the highlight of the year!

Sis. Angie is also a talented singer, as well, and is a member of our NLC praise team.  Her talents and anointing are truly appreciated!  The future is bright for LifeKids!

Silver Eagles

Silver Eagles

Sidney and Pansy Dalton

Bro. and Sis. Dalton are pillars of our church.  Bro. Sidney is a trustee and a board member of NLC.  He is a tremendous man of character and stability that offers sound advice and solid support.  Sis. Pansy is a Local Licensed minister of the Texas District UPC and also serves as our church secretary and assists often with the teaching and preaching responsibilities.  Her service is invaluable and greatly appreciated.

Together, they serve as directors of our Silver Eagle Ministry.  This includes those in our church who are young at heart but happen to be over the age of 55.  They organize events and times of fellowship that involves food, fellowship, singing, and devotions.  We appreciate the Daltons and their faithfulness to the kingdom!

Bible Quizzing

Bible Quizzing

Cecil and Leah Wade; Ladonna Metcalf

The Lord has blessed New Life Church with Bro. Cecil and Sis. Leah Wade.  In addition to his involvement in Bible Quizzing, Bro. Cecil is also one of our ministers in the church and often shares the teaching and preaching responsibilities at NLC.  He and Sis. Leah served as Youth Leaders for several years at NLC and currently still serve on the youth committee as a “sponsor” for SURGE Student Ministries.

He and Sis. Leah, who recently earned her BA in Social and Criminal Justice, have stepped into the role of coach and general overseer of our Bible Quizzing program at NLC.  They are doing a fantastic job instilling the word into the hearts of children and youth.  Their efforts will certainly have an eternal impact!

The NLC Bible Quizzing program would probably not even exist were it not for the burden of Sis. Ladonna Metcalf.  After serving for an extended period as the Director of Sunday-School, she felt God impressing her to dedicate more of her time and effort to Bible Quizzing.  The transition was made and the rest is history.

Bible Quizzing has become a part of the fabric of NLC and the Wades and Metcalf’s are to thank for it.  Our quizzers are doing excellent and we partnered with a neighboring church to find great success in the last two years.  Our Intermediate Senior team has gone to Nationals two consecutive years in a row!  The sky is the limit for NABQ at NLC! To God Be the Glory

Veteran Ministries

Veteran Ministries

Floyd and Christina Peters

For some time, we had seen the need to reach out in our community to the Veterans and wounded warriors.  Five years ago, the Lord opened a door to witness to the Peters family.   They were soon filled with the Holy Ghost and baptized in Jesus Name!

As they began to grow in the Lord, we noticed a passion that was surfacing in their lives.  Floyd, a twenty-four year veteran, had a burden for the brave men and women of the military.  Sis. Christina, also a Sunday-School teacher on the LifeKids team, was raised in a military home.  Their background gave them a unique insight into the needs of service men and women.

We appointed them to serve and since that time our Veteran’s Ministry has blossomed.  Each year on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and especially Veteran’s Day, NLC celebrates the men and women who have served our country.  Our Veteran’s Service is a highlight of the year and currently holds the record attendance for New Life Church in twelve years of existence!  Veterans Day 2014 saw 17 veterans in attendance with every conflict represented from WW2 to Operation Iraqi Freedom!

In addition to these services, Floyd and Christina faithfully provide access to the pertinent and often illusive information on benefits for which our veterans are entitled.  Thanks goes out to the Peters family for their creative, informative, and consistent dedication to the veterans and wounded warriors of Jasper, Newton, and Tyler Counties!

Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant

Kim Myrick

Two years ago, pastor recognized the need to have a personal secretary to assist in the day to day operations at New Life Church.  As our church grew, we knew it would require more of a daily presence on site, thus, Sis. Kim Myrick was hired!

Sis. Kim’s handprint is on most everything that happens at NLC.  From mail-outs, fliers, attendance records, service schedules, media appropriations, and many other general needs of the church.

In addition to her responsibilities as Administrative Assistant, she is married to Kelly Myrick and they have two beautiful daughters, Paisley and Linkyn.  She is a talented pianist and an anointed singer on the New Life Praise Team.  We are so thankful for her continued selfless service for the kingdom!

Guest Relations

Guest Relations

 Todd and Tara Hall

Bro. Todd and Sis. Tara found truth six years ago.  Since that time, God has richly blessed them.  They have two wonderful sons, Tristan and Talton, both of which are full of the Holy Ghost and an integral part of Surge Student Ministries.

When you come to New Life Church for the first time, our goal is for you to have a positive and enjoyable experience.  More than likely, the first faces you will see are Bro. and Sis. Hall, or one of their team.  We encourage you to allow them to make your visit a pleasurable one.  Bro. Todd and Sis. Tara are here to help you with any questions you may have or assistance you may need.