Staff & Leaders

Staff & Leaders

We are committed to “seeing a Gospel movement where lives radically change, families flourish, and our city prospers.” To help this vision become a reality, we are searching for a Full-Time Director to serve our Student Ministries. If you or anyone you know might be a good fit for our church, please email apply@newlifeirvine.org.

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…
Kids Ministry 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 with a B.S. in 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…
Deaconess

Amy Vuong

Deaconess

Grace Kim

Deacon

Michael Khong

Deacon

Fred Kim

Deacon

Ed Kim

Elder

Paul Chung

Elder

Stan Wakabayashi

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