Meet Our Team

Our New Life Church Team is here to serve—learn more about our pastoral team.
Pastor James Ranger

Pastor James Ranger

Lead Pastor

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.

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Looking a little deeper you would see that Pastor James is a devoted husband to his wife Lydia, of over thirty years, a proud father of his two sons and daughter-in-laws, and a doting grandfather to his four grandchildren. James and Lydia have pastored New Life since 1988. With a heart to see people become totally devoted followers of Jesus Christ, the church family has grown from 45 attenders to an average of 2500 a weekend. He challenges people to fulfill their true purpose, to become mature followers of Christ and to flourish in every area of life. He does this through his unique method of creative communicating. Teaching, music and the development of leaders, both in the Church and the Marketplace, are the primary focus of his ministry; and he delights in watching those he has mentored step out as leaders in ministry and secular pursuits. James has traveled internationally speaking to audiences of all ages. With his inspiring and humorous style he challenges your thinking and touches your heart.
Pastor Lydia Ranger

Pastor Lydia Ranger

Pastor

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.

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She has served alongside her husband, Senior Pastor James Ranger at New Life Church in Bakersfield, California for over 24 years. During this time, the church family has grown from 45 to over 2500 in regular attendance. Lydia’s voice has been heard all over the world through many different venues by communicating God’s word with warmth and grace, inspiring others to pursue a more intimate relationship with Him. Her passion is to see herself and others embrace the joys of walking with Christ in every day experiences. Lydia has had the opportunity to speak at numerous national and international conferences, women’s retreats as well as having the honor to minister to her church family in sermon and song. In Lydia’s own words, “Music has always been an important part of my life; it energizes me, it heals me, it reaches me like nothing else can, it is my passion. My hope is that my music will bring healing into your life the same way each it has brought healing into mine. May they shatter the darkness in your life so that the love of Jesus will shine through. I am passionately in love with Jesus Christ. He is the reason I sing, He is my song, without Him there would be no song.
Pastor Jeannette Mulhause

Pastor Jeannette Mulhause

Executive Pastor

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.

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Her heart is to help believers develop into the people God has created them to be and to see them thrive and grow. She has been married to her husband, Kevin, for 30 years and they have one adult son, Julian, who also lives in Bakersfield. In her free time she enjoys her dogs, travel, and spending time with family and friends. Her door is open and, at any point in your journey or service, she is available for consultation to further your path of discovery and to fulfill the unique calling Christ has on your life.
Pastor Jim Ranger

Pastor Jim Ranger

SW Campus Pastor

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. 

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While in Arkansas, Jim joined the staff as a part-time worship leader of New Life Church under senior pastor Rick Bezet. In 2005, Jim and his family came back to Bakersfield to be the worship leader at New Life Church, where his parents were senior pastors. Through the first couple of years, Jim began to question this change and God once again answered his prayer. He put a call in Jim’s heart, not only to lead worship, but to become a pastor. He began the “School of Ministry” under the teachings of Dr. Harold Helms and Dr. John Watson, and on completion, he received his Foursquare Pastoral License. God continues to speak through Jim to the world all while staying grounded at New Life Church…and that’s the way Jim likes it!
Pastor Jose Martinez

Pastor Jose Martinez

SW Campus Pastoral Care

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. 

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Ginger is the Administrative Overseer of Christian School and his family volunteers their time where they are needed at New Life. In 1996 he left his business and transitioned into the Ministry as a Pastor. He has planted a church in Utah, and has been an associate Pastor in Visalia. He currently oversees Pastoral Care (counseling, wedding, funerals, hospital visits). He loves honoring God by serving you, the compassion and love God has gifted him is fully understood and enjoyed by giving it away. His journey with Christ has been amazing and challenging. His joy has been watching his kids grow up to be wonderful young men. His life, wife and children are a gift to him, because he feels God knew what he needed most.
Pastor Denise Fincher

Pastor Denise Fincher

NW Campus Pastoral Care

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. 

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She has two beautiful adult daughters Desiree and Cassandra. Desiree is going to finish her teaching credential this year and Cassandra is still in college and works for Fed Ex. Pastor Denise was married for twenty-five years, but her husband went to be with the Lord in 2005. Pastor Denise is bi-vocational, and in addition to her work at New Life, she is also a kindergarten teacher. She is very blessed by having two vocations that she loves, a great family, and a wonderful church family.
Pastor Wendy Nolasco

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 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

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.