Paul's biblical letter to the Ephesians teaches that pastors are a "gift" to God's people. Our pastoral staff strives to deserve that designation.A primary responsibility prayerfully and thoughtfully discharged is that of teaching and preaching the word of God. A balanced diet of inspiration and instruction is so important. In addition, the pastoral staff assists the family in more personal ways such as: baptisms, child dedications, hospital and home-bound visitation, counseling, weddings, funerals, etc. Pastor John Padgett has been senior pastor at New Life since April, 1980.