about us

NewLife is a church driven by the commission of Jesus Christ recorded in Matthew 28:18-20:

Then Jesus came up and said to them, 

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

A disciple is a follower of Jesus who has surrendered their life in faith to God and who is obediently committed to following the path that Jesus leads them. It is a journey which happens step by step. None of us at NewLife have achieved perfection, but we are moving closer to Jesus every day and becoming more like Him and more and more as we move up and out in New Life in Jesus Christ.

No matter where you are in life - no matter what you've done - God stands ready to welcome you into this experience of New Life in Jesus Christ. 

At NewLife, we make this a priority. Come journey together with us and experience the transformational power of God through Jesus.

Learn about our Mission & Beliefs, our Staff Team, and the ministry areas at NewLife.

Newlife Staff Team

We have a passion for people, our city, and our world. Our culture and leadership is characterized by worship, the love of God, and a genuine call to ministry. These core values have been shaped by our rich history of great co-workers and energy; always pressing forward in our call to love God and love others.

PAstor Mike Nedelko | Lead Pastor

Pastor Mike started as the Lead Pastor at NewLife in November 2018. 

He received his B.A. from Millar College of the Bible, his M.Div. from the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary. 

Pastor Mike has over 20 years of Pastoral Leadership experience alongside of experience working in Youth Ministry, Camp Ministry, Teaching and Missions. 

He is married to Elisa and they have four children: Zoe, Isaiah, Ezra and Ezekiel. The Nedelko family enjoys outdoors, sports, travelling and eating. 

Pastor Mike is a voracious reader and is passionate about preaching God’s word and taking the message of new life in Jesus Christ to the world. He also has a great desire to see men and women equipped to lead and serve at NewLife and across the world.

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Pastor Ben Lien | Worship Intern

Ben has been involved at NewLife since May 2022. He is passionate about facilitating a space where people can connect with God through worship together. Ben has a worship ministry certificate from Vanguard College and a B.Sc. from The King’s University, and has experience in worship, young adults, and camp ministries.

In his free time, Ben enjoys making music and spending time outdoors. Ben is also an avid Oilers fan and can often be seen at the skating rink during the winter months.

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Elisa Nedelko | Director of Children's Ministry

Elisa is passionate about passing on a love for Jesus and His Word to all generations. 

Elisa has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Master’s in Counselling, but has stepped out of her counselling role and into an educational one over the last several years. She loves teaching and the Bible is her favourite ‘textbook’. She loves demonstrating that God’s Word is engaging and relevant!

When not in the classroom Elisa enjoys art- drawing, painting, and creating. She also loves to travel, experience new cultures and foods, and spend time with her family. She and pastor Mike have four children who continue to keep them busy and make their lives interesting!  


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Amy Steeves | Administration

Amy joined the NewLife team in April of 2022.  She is a coffee lover and has spent the last 15 years running a daycare out of her home before upgrading her education in 2020.  Amy has a diploma in Accounting and Payroll Administration from CDI College.


Amy is married to Jason and they have four children: Danika, Ila, Gavin and Shelby.  In their free time, the family enjoys camping, bike rides, hiking, sledding and generally doing things outdoors together.

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Julie Franklin | Facility care

Julie became in charge of the facilities at NewLife in May of 2023.  She likes an organized space and previously assisted her family with janitorial duties for seven years.

She lives on a farm with her parents and two sister and enjoys helping out.  She loves reading books, building puzzles, music, playing bass on the worship team and snuggling her cat. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to guide people to move up and out in New Life in Jesus Christ.


“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus said to him, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:36 - 39 NET)


Moving Up – Loving the Lord our God as a first priority in our lives.

Moving Out – Loving the people around us with God’s love.


Moving up means...

  • starting a relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ.
  • showing up to worship God together.
  • stepping up to grow in our relationship with God through daily connection with Him in His Word and through prayer.

Moving out means...

  • showing up to love and care for others within the family of God – the church.
  • stepping up to serve others with the gifts and abilities God has given us.
  • pursuing those who don’t know God and share the good news of Jesus with them.

Our Values

New Life in Jesus Christ is Essential.

The Gospel is the starting point for everyone’s spiritual journey. We all begin our up and out adventure with this significant step of faith.

The Bible is Vital.

We believe that God’s Word is the way we experience new life in Jesus every single day. We believe God's Word is absolutely true and communicates God’s heart and will for His people. We build our lives and our ministries on the truth of the Bible and encourage learning and application and obedience to God’s Word.

Relationships are Crucial.

Every person matters at NewLife. We choose to love one another and to demonstrate that we are Christ’s disciples through healthy, meaningful, interdependent relationships. Newcomers are welcomed and accepted within our church family.

Outreach is Critical.

Jesus came to seek and save the lost – as His followers we continue His mission. People without Jesus are lost and walking in darkness – God has given us the mandate to bring to them the good news of new life (transformation) through Jesus Christ. 

Our Beliefs

  • The Holy Scriptures, as originally given by God, are divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy, and constitute the only supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  • There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • Our Lord Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh; we affirm his virgin birth, sinless humanity, divine miracles, vicarious and atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension, ongoing mediatorial work, and personal return in power and glory.
  • The salvation of lost and sinful humanity is possible only through the merits of the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, received by faith apart from works, and is characterized by regeneration by the Holy Spirit.
  • The Holy Spirit enables believers to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • The Church, the body of Christ, consists of all true believers.
  • Ultimately God will judge the living and the dead, those who are saved unto the resurrection of life, those who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.