Who We Are

On a typical Sunday at New Life, you’ll meet a wide variety of people of all generations and backgrounds.  But we like to focus on what brings us together rather than the things that make us different.  So we celebrate our differences and understand that our growing faith in Jesus is what matters the most to us.

We also see ourselves as a vital part of the community around us.  New Life is not an isolated community, but part of a much larger network of relationships in Wakefield and the South County area.  We love the idea of interacting with people who are not like us, so that through us, they can see a different picture of Jesus and the church. In short, we’d like to say that New Life is becoming a trusted cultural influence in our community.

Our Staff

The people who make it all happen behind the scenes:
our dedicated office staff who runs on Jesus and Starbucks.

Keith McNamar

Keith McNamar

Lead Pastor

Pastor Keith has been leading New Life since November of 1999 and hopes to be here for another 30 years. He is a 1998 graduate of Zion Bible College with a degree in Biblical Studies.

Keith‘s passion is to teach the Scriptures in a way that relates to our everyday life, and enjoys nothing more than seeing people’s lives changed by God’s work in them. He feels incredibly blessed to be able to go to work every day at something he knows is making a significant impact on lives in our community.

Keith has been married to Rita, also a Zion Bible College graduate, since 1997. They live in Matunuck along with their 3 children – Jacob, Seth, and Aislinn – and the family dog, Sam. Keith has been known to willingly read books that others find boring, enjoys a good cup of Starbucks coffee, and is rumored to be a die-hard Red Sox fan.

Favorite caffeinated beverage: Ristretto Americano. Or a straight double shot of espresso on Sunday mornings.
Person you’d most like to share a meal with: Bill Belichick. I‘d love to ask him about his pursuit of excellence personally and for an entire organization. Plus I’d just love to hear him talk football.
Current favorite book: Current favorite is still my all time favorite: Lord of the Rings. I re-read it every year and it never fails to move me to tears.
Favorite quote: I write this inside every new sermon notebook:

“Let the preacher tell the truth. Let him make audible the silence of the news of the world with the sound turned off so that in the silence we can hear the tragic truth of the Gospel, which is that the world where God is absent is a dark and echoing emptiness; and the comic truth of the Gospel, which is that it is into the depths of his absence that God makes himself present in such unlikely ways and to such unlikely people that old Sarah and Abraham and maybe when the time comes even Pilate and Job and Lear and Henry Ward Beecher and you and I laugh till the tears run down our cheeks. And finally let him preach this overwhelming of tragedy by comedy, of darkness by light, of the ordinary by the extraordinary, as the tale that is too good not to be true because to dismiss it as untrue is to dismiss along with it that catch of the breath, that beat and lifting of the heart near to or even accompanied by tears, which I believe is the deepest intuition of truth that we have.” ~ Frederick Buechner

Jason Ferando

Jason Ferando

Associate Pastor & Life Groups Coordinator

Jason has been a part of the New Life family for over ten years and affectionately refers to it as his second home. His greatest passion is to help others from all walks of life discover and grow in their God-given potential. This passion comes through as he periodically takes the teaching responsibility on Sunday morning, and also as he works to connect people into our partnership groups so they can grow in their faith.

Jason has been married to his high school sweetheart Melisa since 1999, and delights in his two fun, energetic children, Kayla and Josh. He loves warm weather destinations, dinner with good friends, and tragically inherited a family obsession with the Boston Red Sox.

Favorite caffeinated beverage: Flat White Latte
Person I‘d like to share a meal with: After my wife, Chip Gaines from HGTV’s Fixer Upper
Favorite current book (that‘s not so current, because I’m a slow reader): Deep & Wide by Andy Stanley
Favorite quote: "If you want your dream job to work, work on your day job" ~ Jon Acuff

Sally Genest

Sally Genest

Experience & Events Coordinator

Sally has been a part of New Life since 2006 and had become such an integral part of our community that she was hired to help manage communications and administrative tasks at the church in October 2011.

Sally is the center of communication for New Life, making sure that everyone has a clear idea of what’s happening at the church. She is the ultimate connector, and she loves to help each person find exactly what they need at New Life.

Sally has been married to her husband, Jim, since 2002, and they have three children: Javen, Lena, and Eli.

Our Team

The heart of soul of New Life is its people and nowhere is that more apparent than in our incredible group of team leaders and members. So much of our church runs on the service of these men and women and their dedication to the mission and vision of New Life. From the amazing food spread during fellowship time and the dynamic Kids Life curriculum to the Food Bank’s commitment to serving our community and the band’s engaging worship, our team members and leaders are truly vital to everything we’re doing at New Life.

Pam Faust : Life Matters

Jason Ferando : Life Groups

Melisa Ferando : Kids Life

Jim Genest : Design Team

Sally Genest : First Impressions

Keith McNamar : Worship Team

Rita McNamar : Kids Life

Melissa Mowry : Next Step

Dawn Sauro : Life Matters

Sheryl Stadnick : Food Bank

Our Mission

New Life exists to help you take your next step toward becoming an all-in follower of Jesus.  Practically speaking that means we know every person starts their faith journey somewhere.  Some are coming from a previous church background but have long since left that behind.  Others are coming from very little church or religious experience.  But regardless of where you’re beginning from, we want to help you take your next step toward following Jesus more fully.

Our beliefs can best be summarized in a historic statement of faith that followers of Jesus have been affirming for centuries.
It’s known as the Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.