Meet the Staff at New Life
There are six people on staff at New Life. Four of which are part time and two of which are full-time. The staff has many goals, but our three main focal points are to bring others to know Christ, to equip the members of the church to go out and make disciples, and to tend to the needs of the congregation.
Ezell Nelson: Lead Minister
Hello! I am Ezell Nelson and I am the Lead Minister of New Life Christian Church. I was raised at New Life and love working here. I returned to Chickasha in 1996 to serve as the youth minister. It was a dream of mine to get to come home and work with the church that had invested so much in me. I was fortunate to work with the minister who started this church and who was my minister. When he retired in 2004, I was asked to be the Lead Minister. I am married to my lovely wife Anita and we have 2 kids together. Olivia is 3 and is such a blessing to Anita and I. This past year we had our second child, Bearton, who has just turned 6 months old. Olivia and Bearton have taught us so much about God's grace and his mercy on our lives. I enjoy hunting, atv's, and most outdoor activiities. The one thing that people might not know about me is that I truly dislike eggs, unless they are in a cake or cookies.
Dexter Blancett: Youth Minister
Dexter and his wife Erin came to serve at New life in May 2012. Dexter's goal is to bring the students into a close and ever-growing relationship with their Savior and teach them how to live a life that honors Jesus. He hopes to empower them with the Gospel in a way that transforms their lives and the lives of those around them. This will be accomplished through lessons, events, and living everyday ilfe with them. He wants to work on getting support for the youth from the church as a whole in many different ways. He says "I cannot emphasize enough how important it is that students have those older than them who are willing to help guide them through their lives and through their relationship with Christ.
Anita Nelson: Childrens Minister
Anita has degrees from Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, Kansas, and University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, Oklahoma. Anita has been on staff since 1996 and has been in her current position since 2009. She is married to Ezell Nelson and they have two children, Olivia and Bearton.
Taylor Henderson: Worship Leader
I started worshiping God at a very young age. From the day I was born, my parents had me in church and I was expected to be there. I was saved at the age of 9 at Children's Camp in the Quartz Mountains. I was always plugged in with various youth groups and God always seemed to be using me in some way. I met my future wife Jacklyn in my senior year at Chickasha High School. I've been blessed to be the worship leader and youth minister at several Churches. God eventually led Jackie and I to New Life. After much praying and deliberating, it was clear that God wanted me at New Life leading worship. I currently hold three part time jobs on of which is the worship leader at New Life. God has never failed to provide me with everything I need and more. A fun little fact....at one point in time I owned three Porsches.
Merita Beaty: Administrative Assistant
Merita became a part of the New Life staff in August 2014. Merita
graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1977 with a degree in dental
hygiene. After 37 years as a dental hygienist she retired from dentistry
but took the opportunity when God opened the door to serve at New Life as
secretary. Merita is married to Dennis and they have three grown children and six