2021 Elder Nominations
As part of the New Life Church family, please pray with us concerning the important appointment of these candidates to the New Life eldership. Please contact Pastor Dan Backens with any comments or concerns.
The process of appointing an elder has three important steps:
1. the unanimous witness of the elder board
2. the witness of the candidate
3. the witness of the members of the New Life church family
Born one of eight children in Atlanta, Ga., James’ father was a deacon and his mother a matron. He was baptized in the Holy Spirit in 1985, entered the gospel ministry in 1990, and ordained as a minister in 1997. He graduated from North Carolina A & T State University in 2008 with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies.
James married his college sweetheart, Brenda J. Roberts, in 1983, and they are celebrating 38 years together. They have 4 children (Shastca, James, Jr., Roy, Joshua), three daughters-in-love (Carissa, Christina, Rhylette), one son-in-love (Mark), eight grandchildren and a ninth grandchild due in May.
James and Brenda lead the Saturday Night Communion team and serve as leaders and coaches for GroupLife.
Ruth Dominicci Hill, commonly known by Ruthie to her friends and family, has been married to C. David Hill for 41 years. She has 3 children, Joshua, Caleb and Rebecca and 6 grandchildren with one on the way. She is very proud of her Puerto Rican heritage. Her faith journey began with her salvation as a 6-year-old child and grew in high school and college at James Madison University where she was baptized in the Holy Spirit. She has a B.S. in Social Work, a Pastoral Certificate from Rhema Bible College, and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from TCC. From managing regional non-profit Samaritan House, Inc. to leading two emerging social mission organizations, Ruthie has shepherded large and small non-profits for over 20 years. She made headlines in 2008 when she was named a Woman in Business honoree by Inside Business. She and David pioneered and pastored locally for 6 years and came to New Life in 2015. She volunteered as office manager at the opening of the Town Center campus for 9 weeks. Ruthie was asked to take her combination of experience and leadership to lead the developing Housing Resource Center for the City of Virginia Beach in 2017 and currently serves as the Housing Programs Administrator of the Homeless Services Division for the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation.
Mark Reeves has been a member of New Life Church since 2002. He married his wife Shelby in 2001 and they have four children: Joshua, Caleb, Hannah, and Sarah. Raised in Southern California, Mark attended San Jose State University and received his BA in Radio/TV/Film Production in 1988. In 1989, he moved to Virginia to attend Regent University where he earned his MA in Communications in 1991. From 1991 to 1993, he worked for Proper Management, a Christian music management and production company. In 1993, he was a cofounder and a Vice President of Youth Entertainment Studios, Inc., a non-profit organization that taught multimedia production skills to inner city youth. In 2001, Mark transitioned into public education and has been a high school teacher at Oscar Smith High School for the past 20 years. Urban youth ministry has been a passion for Mark since 1988 when he began volunteering with City Team Ministries in San Jose, CA. At New Life, Mark has worked alongside Shelby in the Children’s and Youth ministries as well as leading a small group for several years. Currently, Mark is involved in leadership with Deep Creek’s Youth and Men’s Ministry.
Casey M. Roberts, a native of Hampton, Virginia, has attended New Life Church since 2010. He is married to Renelle Roberts, and they have two young children; Daphney and Casey Jr. Casey accepted Christ and was baptized at Queen Street Baptist Church, in Hampton, at the age of 12. At his home church, he served as a Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School leader, and youth director for a number of years before joining New Life. Casey, a 5th generation educator and former high school principal, is currently the Executive Director of New Horizons Regional Education Centers, the largest of the nine regional centers in Virginia, serving over 2,700 high school and adult learners from the six Greater Peninsula localities. Casey is currently completing his doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from The George Washington University in Washington D.C.