Meet Our Team
Get to know the amazing team of individuals leading the mission at New Life!
We believe that no matter who you are or where you come from, you matter to God, and equally, matter to us.
New Life is a place where you can discover the depths of God’s love, transforming you into the person He created you to be.
If you are looking for people who will treasure the real you and support you in your journey, then you’ve picked a great place to start.
Dave Larson | Lead Pastor
Dave served as the Youth Pastor here at NLCC back in the 80’s (and he even had hair!). He and his wife Gena moved to Fresno to complete seminary, and came back as the Senior Pastor in 1992. Dave loves this local church family and continues to be passionate about “loving people one step closer to Jesus.”
Dave and Gena have four adult children and enjoy hanging out with them whenever possible. Dave enjoys the SF Giants, 49ers, and the Golden State Warriors and talks about them probably a little too much. He loves to run, road and mountain bike, read, watch movies, and swim. His favorite thing at Starbucks is the oatmeal. One of his favorite verses (that’s printed on that yellow wrist band he wears) is Philippians 4:13.
Contact Dave Larson: Email
Brett Avery | Executive Pastor
Brett came to new life in August of 2015. His job is simple…serve our church family, serve our staff and serve Pastor Dave.
Brett has an Educational Doctorate in Leadership and enjoys helping others maximize their leadership gifts to serve God’s church at New Life. Brett loves building anything out of wood or metal and often times loses track of time when he is in the garage working on his latest project! He and his wife Kate have a son, Thomas, and a pet tortoise named Gilford “Tank” Avery.
Contact Brett Avery: Email
Eli Arrigotti | Worship Arts
Eli has been serving as the worship director at NLCC since 2005. Since then his role has steadily expanded as our church has grown and he now oversees all creative and technical aspects of the worship ministries. He loves working with both creative and technically minded people.
Eli likes playing bluegrass music and enjoying God’s creation on hikes, from a kayak, and even kicked back in a camping chair. He also loves to spend time with his wife and two daughters as well as their extended family that often times aren’t even officially related.
Contact Eli Arrigotti: Email
Kourtney Avila | Family Ministry
Kourtney joined the New Life family in 2003 and immediately began serving in children’s classrooms. She joined the staff in September of 2008 as the Children’s Director. She now oversees all children, birth through high school, as the Family Pastor. Kourtney enjoys many things about New Life, but she loves the accepting, come-as-you-are vibe of the church the most.
Kourtney is married to her high school sweetheart Doug and mom to Lauryn, Derek, Joseph, and Peyton. When she is not serving at the church, she is watching her kids play sports, watching SF Giants games, and drinking a Starbucks Frappuccino. As a former English teacher, Kourtney enjoys words, quotes, books, and scripture. Her favorite verses are Romans 8:38-39. Her favorite place to be is at the beach with her family.
Contact Kourtney Avila: Email
Jim Hanna | Growth & Groups
Jim oversees our Life Groups and mentoring ministry. Our Life Classes. Men’s and Women’s ministry, Marriage Matters, College and Singles ministry.
Jim joined the staff in September 2012. He loves being able to help people take their next step closer to Jesus. Jim is passionate about providing environments where people can learn to love God passionately, each other compassionately and themselves correctly.
Jim has been married to his wife Elizabeth for 34 years, they have five children and four grandchildren. Jim is an avid Chicago Bears and Golden State Warriors fan. When not in the office you will see Jim riding his bicycle, reading a recent book on leaders or writing some new material to help people grow in their walk with Christ. Jim is the author of a new book called “Leadership for L.I.F.E.”
Contact Jim Hanna: Email
Jon Nichols | Outreach & Missions
Jon grew up at New Life and, after serving at various churches & ministries in “foreign lands” like Washington, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming, he returned to New Life in July of 2006 as Discipleship Pastor and then Worship & Creative Arts Pastor. Currently, he serves as Outreach Pastor—with a team of mission-minded leaders, inviting everyone to reach out with the Truth & Love of God!
Jon loves how New Life continues to be a grace-filled family that welcomes anyone who needs Jesus!
Jon loves creating art—especially, painting, and he’d prefer a walk in the mountains over a walk in the mall, any day of the week! He and his talented wife, Tricia, have been blessed with four great kids–Ashtyn, Kaibree, Colby & Jackson.
Contact Jon Nichols: Email
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