Staff & Leaders

Staff & Leaders

Lead Pastor

Jeff Suhr

Jeff has lived in Southern California all his life. After graduating from U.C. San Diego for his undergraduate studies (B.A. in History), he attended Westminster Seminary California where he earned his seminary degree (M. Div) in 2002. He has been involved in pastoral ministry for over ten years, serving in various churches in San Diego, Burbank, and Fullerton. In June 2011, Jeff was commissioned to plant a new church in the city of Irvine. He is an ordained minister in…
Assistant Pastor

Louis Surprenant

Funny, smart and handsome – all things Louis Surprenant would love to have been. Regardless, he was able to convince his college sweetheart, Jamie, to marry him and have two beautiful children (Elijah & Eva Grace). Louis graduated from the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a B.S. in Finance.  After working in the marketplace, he attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte. Louis has served in the church and worked on the college campus before coming to New Life in…
Administrative Assistant

Patricia Reyes

Patricia has resided in Southern California since 1976 and is a recent retiree from UCLA where she enjoyed a dynamic, fulfilling career as the Director of UCLA Housing & Hospitality Procurement Services. She is blessed with 40 years of marriage, two sons, and three grandchildren. In this new season of her life, she is dedicating her energies in service to the church, believing that serving God is an important element of the Christian faith.
Sprouts Program Director

Jamie Surprenant

Jamie spent all of her life in North Carolina before moving to Orange County in 2017. She has a B.A. in English Education from the University of North Carolina Greensboro where she met her husband, Louis. Jamie spent six years in the public schools of North Carolina teaching both English Literature and English as a Second Language. After leaving the classroom, Jamie spent two years on staff with a church in Greensboro, North Carolina serving as their Children’s Ministry Coordinator…
Sprouts Director

Beverly Jamison

Beverly Jamison grew up in Northern California and then went to the East Coast for college. She got her undergraduate degree in Math from MIT, where she also met and later married Rick. She subsequently got her PhD in Computer Science from Old Dominion University while moving around in the course of Rick’s career in the Navy. Rick and Beverly moved to Southern California at the end of 2015 to be near their daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. Beverly has served…
Thrive Leaders

Eugene & Sharon Oh

Eugene and Sharon met while attending the same church in San Diego. After getting married in 2016, they moved to Irvine where they currently reside with their naughty cockapoo Teddy. You can find them spending their free time looking for their favorite chips at the local grocery stores. Eugene received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, San Diego and M.S. in mechanical engineering from San Diego State University. He currently works as a mechanical engineer. Sharon…