Conway Leadership

Rick & Michelle Bezet

Founding Pastors

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

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 two incredible boys, Jack and Beau. To contact, please email Emily Free at 

Trip & Courtney Leach

Family Pastors

Quentin & Lisette Washispack

Executive Missions Pastors

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.

Amir & Bethany Rostampour

Serve & Internship Pastors

Amir and Bethany Rostampour serve as the Internship Pastors at NLC Conway. They have served, lead, and pastored college students & young adults in many different capacities. They are passionate about developing young men and women as leaders and followers of Christ. They have been on staff at New Life Church since 2014. Amir is a full-time pastor and also works part time as a licensed counselor. Bethany is on staff as an administrative assistant to our Executive Worship Pastors. If you have questions or need more information, please email Amir at

Johnny & Kathy Lewis

Prime Pastors & Pastoral Care

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.

Jim & Cindy Stockdale

Marriage Pastors & Pastoral Care

Jim and Cindy have been on the pastoral staff at NLC Conway for 12 years, serving in a variety of roles. Presently, they serve in pastoral care with a major focus on marriage and freedom ministries. They have lived in Conway over 30 years and love being outdoors, fishing, reading, and ongoing family activities mostly related to their 15 grandchildren living here and in Texas.

Justin & Emily Free

Elevation Pastors

Justin and Emily serve as college 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 enjoy traveling, hanging with college students, great coffee, and raising Theo . . . their dog. Check them out on social: @justin_free @emily__free @theofreeyo.

Ben & Tamara Watson

Kid Life Pastors

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.

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