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Mike McGuffee

Transitional Pastor

Mike and his wife Linda are leading New Life during a time of transition. They are from Fresno California and moved to Kona to lead New Life Church. They have a heart for people and a love for Jesus Christ above all else. They have two children and five grandchildren who live in the mainland. He is always available to meet and minster to anyone so feel free to reach out to him. for any needs.

Amber & Keoni

Admin. Assistant

Amber and her husband Keoni are both born and raised here on the Big Island. They have 3 children- Keala age 12, Kamalei age 7 and Akoni age 5. They love going to the beach and doing fun things with family and friends.

Amber is the Administrative Assistant for New Life and also leads the New Life’s Childrens Ministry.  She leads all programs and events for the keiki.  Keoni and Keala both serve on New Life's Worship Team. The David's love New Life Church and their Church Ohana.

Austin Sunderman

Elder & Discipleship

Austin & Alison Sunderman are originally from Clarinda, Iowa and became best friends in high school, attended college together and were married on July 19th, 2003. They have a 10 year old son, Elijah; a five year old daughter, Elladee; and a three year old son, Jordan.

Austin entered vocational ministry at North Heartland Community Church in Kansas City in 2007; his roles included director of youth ministries and leading church-wide community service and world missions teams. In his free time, Austin enjoys biking, reading, snorkeling/swimming, and enjoying all the adventure the big island has to offer.  

Our family completed a Discipleship Training School (DTS) with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in Romania in 2011 and traveled to Thailand for outreach.  We joined the YWAM Kona staff in January of 2012 – Austin is currently dividing his time between the Ending Bible Poverty Now team and assisting with New Life.  Alison concurrently serves at the Aloha Kona Urgent Care Clinic and the University of the Nations Campus Clinic.  Besides being best friends for the past 20 years, we are super competitive, prefer to be outdoors and often settle trivial matters with a simple game of rock-paper-scissors!

Brentt Martin

Youth Minister

Brentt was born and raised here in Kona. He gave his life to the Lord in High School through a local youth ministry. Brentt began attending New Life in 2019 and began being discipled by Pastor Jay. Through this time of spiritual growth he felt called to work with youth in Kona. A new youth ministry was launched to reach kids in Junior and High School in our community. He mow leads a weekly youth night and is pouring into the lives of our youth in the community.

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
the new creation has come:
The old has gone, the new is here!

2 Corinthians 5:17