We embrace a streamlined philosophy of leadership. This leadership style is sensitive to the busy schedules of modern culture. Our streamlined approach to leadership enables members to effectively serve in front-line ministry, without sacrificing precious time with their families by attending countless committee meetings. We are committed to a philosophy of leadership, which is purpose driven and family friendly.
The Senior Pastor leads the "Ministry Leadership Team" of the staff and the body of deacons. In essence, the pastor is a "player coach." He is one of the players on the team, but he also serves as a "leadership coach." The "Ministry Leadership Team" is the only "standing committee" in the church. We believe that "everything rises and falls on leadership." Therefore, our leaders are empowered to recruit necessary help, equip people for service, and lead the congregation in a "Great Commission Ministry."
Once a year, the Senior Pastor leads a visionary meeting with the congregation called our Annual Ministry Profile. Staff Pastors and Ministry Team Leaders present exciting goals and the annual budget is affirmed. When appropriate, special issues such as building programs and the calling of full-time staff pastors are covered in this meeting. Our Annual Ministry Profile is an exciting affirmation of the blessing from the Lord, and the success of our streamlined philosophy of leadership.
MEET THE STAFF
Dr. Mike Cramer
Dr. Cramer is the founder of the Power for Living Ministry, and Senior Pastor of New Life Church. His emphasis on positive faith encourages believers, and builds a bridge to those exploring the Christian faith. His inspirational style helps people relate to the timeless truth of scripture. His evangelist spirit helps people from all walks of life connect with Christ. Pastor Mike has a passion to help people develop the confidence to overcome obstacles, and achieve true success in life. He believes that any challenge can be conquered with the positive faith that embraces the powerful truth that "with God all things are possible." Pastor Mike impacts leaders in the faith, business, and athletic communities with his positive approach to Biblical preaching, motivational speaking, inspirational books and radio broadcast. His influence with leaders has expanded his ministry far beyond the borders of New Life. His greatest joy in life is the opportunity to minister at home. Pastor Mike and his wife, Cindi, have four grown children (one who is with the Lord in heaven) and three grandchildren. Educational Background: Diploma, Word of Life Bible Institute; B.A. Bethel College; M.A. Moody Bible Institute; D.Min. (Doctor of Ministry), Grace Theological Seminary.
Michael L. Cramer
Pastor Michael is a gifted communicator with a passion for teaching God’s Word, and an enthusiasm for seeing people experience life change through faith in Christ. With a background in student ministry, Pastor Michael now serves alongside Pastor Mike as the Co-Pastor of New Life. Together they implement a vision for a positive faith ministry in the Michiana community. Pastor Michael teaches in a variety of settings from Sunday Morning Services, Bible Study Gatherings, Midweek Studies, Olympians Children’s Ministry, and our Real Power Student Ministry. He also creates avenues for adults to connect with Christ, one another, and ministry. He and his wife Jaymie have two daughters and one son. Educational Background: Diploma, Word of Life Bible Institute; B.A., Moody Bible Institute; M.A.R., Liberty Theological Seminary; Doctoral Studies, Grace Theological Seminary.
Director of Music and Youth
Jake is a gifted singer and musician with a heart for Jesus Christ. Jake has spent several years leading and playing in bands in the community. He now focuses all of his knowledge and skill into helping the people of New Life experience Biblical, Christ-centered worship. You will enjoy the way he leads the congregation to exalt God in worship and helps prepare your heart for the Word of God. Jake provides a tremendous mix of contemporary praise choruses and traditional hymns for a balanced worship service. Jake has a heart for young people. As leads the Real Power Youth Ministry his goal is to meet each student where they are and to encourage them to take the next step in their faith. Jake is also parented with Penn High School's Fellowship of Christian Athletes were he gives the student practical ways to live out biblical principals.
He and his wife Hannah have a two year old daughter named Ava.
Educational Background: B.A. Indiana University.
Olympians Ministry Director
Mark is a man on a mission with the New Life Children’s Ministry. He
Sherri plays a vital role in our children’s ministry through her leadership of the nursery through Kindergarten. She is passionate about helping your little one develop a love for Christ at a young age. She ensures that all our classes are safe, staffed with trained volunteers, clean and fun for all children. You will want your child involved with the New Life Preschool Ministry on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights!
Director of Media
Jake helps coordinate our media ministry at New Life. Every week our sermons are edited and put on this website for anyone to enjoy or share with a friend. Jake is dedicated to making this happen. Jake assists in our sound booth on Sundays providing guidance for the team as they use different types of media to enhance the worship and preaching of God’s Word.
Joel Miller has a heart for Christ and a desire to help people learn about God in a secure environment. Joel Miller is a retired Chicago Police Office and has served on New Life’s security team for years. Joel Miller and our security team are committed to keeping you and your family safe here at New Life.
Jill is a gifted woman with an incredible ability to help a wedding flow smoothly and enhance the beauty of the sacred ceremony. She works closely with the bride and the presiding pastor to help the wedding meet the New Life standard of excellence. She carefully handles the details and adds her special touch to develop a “dream day” to remember. Jill and her husband Steve have two grown children.