Jay Parks is the pastor at New Life Church. He and his wife April, as well as their two children, moved here from Mississippi in 2015 to plant New Life Church in Kona. He is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and has been in ministry since 2005. He is passionate about preaching God's word and doing one on one discipleship with men. He enjoys family, fishing, and spending time with friends.
Chaelena Stubbers and her husband Justin are originally from Cottonwood Idaho. They moved to the Big Island three years ago to own and run a local starter and alternator shop. They have two daughter's; Aurelia who is 3 and Ezra who is under 1.
They became apart of the New Life family shortly after moving to Kona and have been loving and serving the children of New life and the church since. Chaelena also leads and serves a group of girls in Kona doing bible studies and outings. In their spare time the Stubbers family loves exploring the big island, hiking and hanging out at the beach.
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!
April is from Missouri but lived 14 years in Oxford, MS. She has been married to Pastor Jay since 2004. They moved to Hawaii in 2015 to plant New Life Church. They have two children and she loves working with the keiki in our church. April will make sure that your children will be taught great biblical lessons. Your children will have a great time at church!
Mele was born and raised in Oahu but moved to the Big Island to work with Mauna Lani Resort. She began dancing Hula when she was three years old. She is also a Master Coconut Weaver and has traveled the United States teaching the art of hula and weaving. She became a Christian in December of 1999 at her Hawaiian Christian Church in Waimea, Hawaii. She serves the church as a greeter and works with our children. She leads our Kalikiano Hula Ministry that offers free Hula lessons to children in our community. She is such a blessing to all in our church and community.