WHO WE ARE

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RANDY BLANKENSHIP
Lead Pastor
 
Randy’s family moved to Kokomo in 1965 and began attending New Life. He grew up in our church and began to minister in a variety of ways as a teenager. After graduating from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, he started new church families in Ohio & Indianapolis, served as a missionary in the Philippines and directed a church planting ministry for the state of Indiana. He returned to Kokomo as our Lead Pastor in 2004. Sharon was born and raised in Kokomo, one of a set of identical triplets. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. They married just before departing for the Philippines, where their first child was born. Randy & Sharon have two children, Anna (married to Kyle Sadler) & Randy Jr., who are all involved in ministry. Randy enjoys golf and watching football. Sharon enjoys reading, music, watching home decorating programs and devoting her life to her husband and children. Randy’s main emphasis is to teach the Bible in a way that is easy to understand, believing that when we understand God’s Word and live by it our lives will be better!
 
 
 
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SHARON DANIEL
Executive Pastor 
 
Sharon grew up in nearby Marion, Indiana where she was part of a strong church and Christian family. It seems she has always been involved in ministry. She earned a Master’s Degree in Administration from Ball State University, has worked for the Indiana Attorney General, and has been in ministry with the Blankenship’s since 1991. She came to New Life with them in 2004. Sharon is effective at training people of all ages for ministry. She has fun staying up to date on changes in computer technology and trying out new restaurants! She and her gifts are a tremendous blessing to us!
 
 
 
Dean Oliver
NextGen Pastor 
 
Pastor Dean and Allison Oliver joined us in 2018. Originally from Ocala, Florida, they join Pastor Randy in proving that not everyone moves from Indiana to Florida. Some actually come this way! Dean has completed degrees from both Rhema Bible Training College and Oral Roberts University. They bring with them a great deal of previous experience with both Children’s and Student Ministry, and have an energetic passion to give their lives to make an eternal difference in the Next Generation! Dean is a huge baseball & football fan, rooting for the Tampa Bay Rays & Buccaneers. 
 
 
 
 
Seth Fowler
Worship Arts/Media Pastor 
 
Pastor Seth & Kaitlyn Fowler joined us in 2017 most recently from Smithtown, New York on Long Island. Seth originated in Texas, growing up in a Pastor’s home. Thus, he has both a passion for ministry and the Dallas Cowboys. However, having travelled with his father in ministry to different places prior to settling in New York, his team is still the Dallas Mavericks! Besides being a gifted musician and worship leader, Seth and Kaitlyn also have a passion for Young Adults and Missions. He spent two years serving with Youth With a Mission in Tibet, Turkey and Thailand; and graduated from Lee University. 
 
 
 
 
 
Sharon Blankenship
Administrative Assistant 
 
Emily Herrington
Graphic Designer
 
 
Jane Ober
Administrative Assistant
 
Lori Thompson
Facility Coordinator 
 
Veronica Pratt
Facility Team
Gary Dillman
Maintenance
Sheryl Dillman
Encounter Cafe