Get to know our leadership


Paul Smith, Pastor

Hello friend, I am Paul Smith and I have been the Sr. Pastor at New Life since August of 2011.  I have a passion for Jesus and the good news that through Him we can experience a life changing relationship with the God of the universe.  I love preaching and teaching from God's word each week.  I also enjoy making new friends and finding out how we can encourage each other's spiritual journey.  I have been a Christian since I was thirteen and know that God is with me through good times and bad.  Having Christ in my life brings joy and helps me live as a husband, father, and pastor.  Please e-mail the office if you would like to get in touch.  God bless. 

Children & Youth Ministry Team

New Life's Children's Ministry Team serves Christ and the church by welcoming, loving, teaching, and training the kids that come to New Life.

Meet the team.

Deb Olson, Office Administrator

Serving the Lord as the office administrator is Deb Olson. If you would like more information about New Life or have a question please contact the office at 319.337.5339.

Ross Aswegen, Janitor

Tom Waters, Janitor

Jon Doorn, Elder

Occupation: Faculty member in College of Pharmacy, University of Iowa

Family Status: Married to Deb since 1997.  Father to Eric (2000), Sophia (2004), and Emma (2006).

How you became a Christian: I was fortunate to grow up in a home with Christian parents who encouraged my faith journey and was provided mentors and teachers along the way who shaped my spiritual development and walk with Christ.

Consistory and Involvement at New Life: I am relatively new to New Life and excited about involvement with leadership and ministry opportunities. In my time at New Life, I have been part of small group ministry and a greeter and participated in the music ministry.

Vision for New Life: My vision for New LIfe is to grow in the body of Christ and equip members to: 1) glorify God; 2) share the gospel with all, remaining rooted in the Bible (John 4); 3) seek the welfasre of our city (Jeremiah 29:7) by engaging society/culture and being the hands and feet of Christ.

Scott Kallemeyn, Elder and Vice President

Occupation: Executive Director of Surgery Center Cedar Rapids, in Cedar Rapids Iowa.

Family: Married to Nicole since 2004.  Father to Lauren (2011) and Levi (2013).

How you became a Christian:  I was raised in a dedicated Christian family in Southern Minnesota and have always felt God's call to be active in the life of the church, but officially committed my life to Christ at church camp in 1990.

Consistory and involvement at New Life: I have been a treasurer at New Life and through that role participated in Consistory, the business team, and campaign team. I have also been a regular member of the praise team and the van ministry.

Vision: The church is God’s everlasting body of believers, and it is my prayer and desire for us to extend the love, forgiveness, and hope which Christ demonstrated to seeking and existing believers. I also pray that we will worship our Creator in every area of our lives, using every blessing to His glory

Retha Haas, Elder

Steve Janssen, Elder

Monica Koch, Chair of Deacons

Occupation: Instructional Specialist at Distance and Online Education, University of Iowa


Family Status: Married to John, son David.


​Involvement at New Life:  Since attending New Life in 2008, I have been involved in Worship Services, Free Lunch program and Capital Campaign team (for current location). Right now I am serving a 2nd term as deacon in consistory, and I also teach 1st-3rd grade Sunday School. 

Vision for New Life:  I pray that individually we will strive to love God with all our hearts,soul, mind and strength. I also pray that as a body New Life will be a strong voice for God in Coralville and the neighboring communities, spreading God's Words and the good news of salvation to people from all walks of life.

Amy Baker, Deacon

Occupation: Physical Therapist at Total Rehab in Williamsburg

Family: Married to Brad

How You Became a Christian: I grew up in a Christian family with strong Christian role models in my life.  My faith transformed from knowledge of the Bible to a personal relationship with Christ through life experiences, both good and bad, where I saw evidence of the Lord’s sovereignty in my life.  I believe with my whole heart that our Lord is living and active in our lives and that He speaks to us on a daily basis.  If you want to hear more, please ask!

Spiritual Gifts and Involvement at New Life:  My spiritual gifts are mercy, leadership, faith, and shepherding.   I coordinate the Sunday morning greeters, sing on the praise team, serve on the hospitality team, and am a volunteer for the Free Lunch Program.

Vision for New Life: My vision for New Life is that we would be a welcoming church with an eternal focus rooted firmly in the word of God. I hope that we will continue to embrace diversity while remaining unified in Biblical truth.  I believe God is calling us to serve the greater Coralville community and people around the world with love and sincerity, all while remaining a strong witness for Christ. I love being a member at New Life and can’t wait to see what God has planned for us next!

Jon Van Heukelom, Deacon

Occupation:  Emergency Medicine Physician at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Family:  Married to Stefanie.  Three children:  Sydney (2008), Asher (2014), and Chloe (2017)

How you became a Christian:  I was raised by Christian parents including a father who has served as a Reformed Church minister.  Throughout my college years I developed a deeper, personal commitment to Christ after having the opportunity to interact with Christians from different walks of life and faith traditions.

Involvement at New Life:  Serving as a Deacon, also regular driver for the van service.

Vision for New Life:  My hope for our church is that we continue to grow as a body of believers to fulfill the role that Christ has for our church and that we will continue to be a light to our community.

Paul Van Heukelom, Deacon

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1703 2nd St

Coralville, IA 52241

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