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Conway Leadership

Rick & Michelle Bezet

Founding Pastors
NLC
About
Rick Bezet is the founder and lead pastor of New Life Church of Arkansas. Pastor Rick’s heart and motivation is always to see the next person encounter Jesus. The vision of New Life reflects this passion as we grow throughout our state and country. Rick and his lovely wife, Michelle, have been married since 1988 and live in Conway, Arkansas. They have four children and love life as grandparents.

Hunter & Katy Bezet

Lead Executive & Campus Pastors
Conway, NLC
About
Hunter and Katy Bezet serve as the Conway campus Pastors and Lead Executive Pastoral team. They met and were married at NLC in 2014 and have been leading together ever since. Their heart is to see the church function as a family and create a space for the people of Conway to gather. Hunter and Katy have three incredible children, Jack, Beau and Eden.  To contact, please email hunterbezet@newlifechurch.tv

Clayton & Katelyn Vaught

Little Life Pastors
Conway
About
Clayton & Katelyn Vaught are New Life Church Conway’s Little Life pastors for six-week-old to kindergarten children. They have been part of NLC since 2012 & Little Life since 2021. They are passionate about teaching the church’s youngest members who Jesus is. To contact katelyn.vaught@newlifechurch.tv

Daxon & Caitlin Crow

Youth Pastors
Conway
About
Daxon and Caitlin Crow serve as the Youth pastors of the Conway campus. They live to follow God and inspire, equip, and disciple others to follow Jesus for a lifetime! They were married in 2023 and have a dog named “Blu.” They love the beach, eating good food, and doing life with friends and family. To contact, please email daxon.crow@newlifechurch.tv

Dr. AJ & Mikayla Stiles

Operations Pastors
Conway
About
Dr. AJ is in charge of campus operations, maintaining the day-to-day activities of the campus, and supporting the staff and members of NLC as they bring the life-changing message of Jesus across Arkansas. AJ works with the Campus Pastor and Central teams to coordinate weekly events, conferences, staff, and services. AJ is happily married to Mikayla, who serves on the worship and Connect Class teams. AJ has a Doctorate of Ministry in Expository Teaching and Preaching. To contact email aj.stiles@newlifechurch.tv

Christian & Hannah Gunter

Youth Middle Pastors
Conway
About
Hannah and Christian have served as the Youth Middle pastors since January 2022. They are passionate about partnering with parents as they disciple their children and build a foundational relationship with Christ. They met through the NLC internship program and have been married since 2017. They have two amazing daughters, Shiloah and Elliotte. To contact, please email hannah.gunter@newlifechurch.tv

Kurt & Mary Von Eschen

Conway Executive Pastors
Conway
About
Kurt and Mary Von Eschen serve as the Executive Pastor of the Conway Campus while also leading membership engagement across our 18 campuses, overseeing areas like Life Groups and Connect – helping people find their people and place within our church. They are passionate about reaching those far from God and helping them get connected in biblical community. They were married in 1999 and have four awesome kids (Grace, Judah, Zoe, and Torah). They love coffee, BBQ, playing games, and doing life with friends and family. To contact, please email kurtv@newlifechurch.tv

Quentin & Lissette Washispack

Missions & Outreach
Conway
About
Dr. Quentin Wash-is-pack (also known as Dr. Q) is the Executive Global Missions Pastor at New Life Church, and he oversees missions and outreach for all 18 NLC campuses.  As mission pastor he has sent over 10,000 people on short term mission trips. He has been to China, Hong Kong and Macau 59 times.  He has also ministered in over 30 countries. They moved to Conway in 2001 from Mountain Home, AR.  He and Lisette are Cajuns from south Louisiana. He has been married to Lisette Washispack for 38 years.  They have four children: Abby & husband Ryan (2 children – McCoy & Calvin), Hope & husband Zack, Seth, and Ethan.  doctorqjw@newlifechurch.tv.

Amir & Bethany Rostampour

Teaching Pastors & Young Adult Pastors
Conway
About
Amir and Bethany Rostampour are the Teaching Pastors and Young Adult pastors at NLC Conway. They have served and pastored young adults in many different roles throughout their time as pastors. They are passionate about encouraging, shepherding, and equipping young adults to be followers of Jesus and find their place in the Church and biblical community. They love to see people connect and utilize their God-given gifts to serve the Church. They have been on staff at New Life Church since 2014.  Bethany is on staff as an administrative assistant to one of our Executive Pastors. They have three kids: Dax, Kyler, and Farah.  If you have questions or need more information, please email Amir at amir@newlifechurch.tv.

Johnny & Kathy Lewis

Prime Pastors & Pastoral Care
Conway
About
Johnny Lewis serves as Pastoral Care Pastor of New Life Church Conway with his wife, Kathy. Johnny is responsible for helping implement the vision and values of New Life Church while overseeing the hospital and prison ministries of the church. He gives oversight and direction for weddings, funerals, and the observance of communion and baptism. Johnny and Kathy have been married since 1983 and have two grown boys. jlewis@newlifechurch.tv

Justin & Emily Free

Serve Pastors
Conway
About
Justin and Emily serve as the Serve Pastors at our NLC Conway campus. They both attended college in Conway, Justin a graduate of Central Baptist College and Emily a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas. They have been married since 2017 and have been on staff in different roles since 2012. They have two children, Denver and Eliza. They enjoy traveling, hanging with college students, great coffee, and family time. Check them out on social: @justin_free @emily__free! jfree@newlifechurch.tv jfree@newlifechurch.tv

Ben & Tamara Watson

Kid Life Pastors
Conway
About
Ben and Tamara Watson are New Life Church Conway’s Kid Life pastors for 1st-4th graders. They have been serving in the church’s children’s ministry since 2011 and are passionate about introducing Jesus to elementary-age children in an exciting and authentic way. They have three children of their own—Kelcie, Kylie, and Archer. twatson@newlifechurch.tv