Staff & Leaders

Staff & Leaders

Lead Pastor

Jeff Suhr

Jeff was born and raised in Southern California. He received his B.A. in History from U.C. San Diego and attended Westminster Seminary California where he earned his seminary degree (M. Div) in 2002. He has been involved in pastoral ministry for over 25 years, serving in various churches in San Diego, Burbank, and Fullerton. In 2011, Jeff felt called to plant a multi-ethnic, Gospel-centered church which is now called New Life Church of Irvine. He is an ordained minister in…
Kids 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…
Events 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 served as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator at her previous church in North Carolina. She relocated to Southern California…
Music Director

Sunup Hwang

Associate Pastor

Louis Surprenant

Funny, smart and handsome – all things Louis would love to have been. Regardless, he was able to convince his college sweetheart, Jamie, to marry him and they now have two wonderful children, Elijah & Eva Grace. Louis graduated from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where he studies Finance & Economics.  After working in financial services, he attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte. Louis has served in the church and worked on the college campus before coming to New…
Ministry Coordinator

Charlie Avila

Kids Coordinator

Leah Avila


Amy Vuong


Grace Kim


Michael Khong


Fred Kim


Ed Kim

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