Meet Our TeamOur New Life Church Team is here to serve—learn more about our pastoral team.
Pastor James Ranger
Pastor James Ranger is the Lead Pastor of New Life Church, Foursquare Church, a creative community of faith located in Bakersfield, California. At first glance you’d see a unique communicator, a gifted musician and song writer, and a loving pastor whose church is a reflection of his passion to reconnect people to Father God.
Pastor Lydia Ranger
Pastor Lydia Ranger is a transparent, relevant, multi-cultural and dynamic speaker, singer, recording artist and pastor. Lydia reveals a fun loving and energetic spirit which is evident from the moment you meet her. Lydia is a dedicated wife, mother of two grown sons, two beautiful daughter-in-laws and four grandchildren.
Pastor Jeannette Mulhause
Pastor Jeannette Mulhause is one of a select group of female executive pastors within the Foursquare Movement. She began serving in ministry in 1998 volunteering in various capacities. She came on staff full-time in 2000 and currently serves as Executive Pastor to Lead Pastors James and Lydia Ranger. Pastor Jeannette also offers assistance to the Lead Pastors by giving oversight and care to the Staff and overseeing the initiatives of the church.
Pastor Jim Ranger
Pastor Jim Ranger began his musical career at a very early age. From the time he was two, he was on stage with his parents as they traveled the country preaching and singing. At the age of 20, Jim married a longtime family friend, Camilla. They have three children, Laila, Caden, and Deagan.
Pastor Jose Martinez
Pastor Jose Martinez was born in Denver Colorado and lived in several states. In 1989 as he stopped to rest for the night in Bakersfield, was ambushed by God with his Love and kindness who had a different plan for his life. He received his gift of Grace. He met his wife Ginger and has 3 great children Jason, Marcel, and Miles.
Pastor Denise Fincher
Pastor Denise Fincher has been a part of New Life Church since 1997. She started as a volunteer in 2000 in the Life Development Process. Pastor Denise came on staff in 2008 and feels honored to be the Pastor over volunteerism, prayer, Healing Life, and senior adult ministries. She loves being a part of this wonderful church and what God is doing in people’s lives.
Pastor Wendy Nolasco
Executive Pastor & NW Campus Pastor
Pastor Wendy Nolasco is a life enthusiast, foodie and resident hippie. She and her husband Sal landed at New Life Church in 2003 and like most of us flew right under the radar for quite some time. They recommitted their lives here and have been part of the New Life family ever since. Her main quest is loving Jesus! She has three very beautiful kids Lola, Diego and Phoenix, and has devoted her life to pursuing how God will shape each one of them. She serves as part of the pastoral team and thrives on seeing those “light bulb moments” in others’ lives. In addition to light bulb moments, scoping out Farmer’s Markets, and attempting to do this thing we call life together, she strives to live a life full of love.
Pastor Rick McCutcheon
Pastor of Stewardship
Pastor Rick McCutcheon met Elena while attending L.I.F.E. Bible College in Los Angeles. They married in January of 1981 and have served on staff at Angelus Temple with Dr. and Mrs. Helms; the Foursquare Central offices in Los Angeles; in Ohio where they assisted at the Marysville Foursquare Church before moving back to Los Angeles to serve on staff again at Angelus Temple and Angelus Temple Hispanic. In 2003, the McCutcheons accepted the invitation to move to Bakersfield and serve as Pastor of Stewardship. Rick and Elena have four grown children, six grandchildren and celebrated 34 years of marriage and 34 years in ministry in 2014. Rick and Elena facilitate our Financial Peace University.
Pastor Eric Lara
SW Spanish Campus Pastor
Pastor Eric Lara was born in Costa Rica. He has been serving more then 20 years in the ministry, he received his pastoral license in 1994. His ministry started in Angelus Temple in Los Angeles, Ca. There he received his calling from God to become a pastor and attended Angelus Bible Institute. After graduating, he went to Church On The Way, where he was ministering in the field of Spiritual Warfare for 5 years. Pastor Eric has been married for 14 years to Emma Lara and have two children, Eric Alexander age 12, Christopher age 8. He loves soccer and currently is coaching his son’s soccer team. He and his wife are happily pastoring in New Life Church as the pastors of the SW Spanish Campus.