Fort Smith Leadership

Brandon & Jessica Cotten

Fort Smith Campus Pastors
Fort Smith

Brandon and Jessica Cotten have been part of New Life Church in Fort Smith since the beginning. Although they now serve as campus pastor, the two have filled many roles throughout the church’s history. Their favorite thing—besides their kids and goldendoodles—is to see people develop their spiritual gifts and use them to spread the story of Jesus.    

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.

Nick & Megan Bertin

Associate Pastors
Fort Smith

Nick and Megan Bertin serve as the Associate Pastors at the Fort Smith campus. The couple has a desire to see people establish a genuine relationship with God, as well as join a community of believers to live life with. Nick and Megan started attending New Life Church while in college in Conway and decided to move to Fort Smith in 2014 to join the team there. They have been married since 2010 and have four children—Judah, Zoe, Corleigh, and Bennett.  

Israel & Irma Menchaca

Spanish Service Pastors
Fort Smith

Israel and Irma Menchaca serve as the Spanish pastors of New Life Church en Español at the Fort Smith campus. Together, they have served their community for several years, planted churches, and coached pastors and leaders in the River Valley. The two are passionate about people coming to Christ and discovering their gifts and unique purpose while having life-giving relationships. Israel and Irma have been married since 2001 and have three terrific children—Josias, Joel, and Raquel. Israel e Irma Menchaca sirven como Pastores de Español de la Iglesia New Life en Español ubicada en Dallas St en Fort Smith. Han servido a la comunidad durante varios años, han plantado iglesias y han entrenado pastores y líderes en el River Valley. Están apasionados para que la gente venga a Cristo y descubra sus dones y propósito únicos mientras que establecen relaciones que dan vida. Israel e Irma han estado casados desde el 2001 y tienen tres grandiosos hijos Josías, Joel, y Raquel.  

Michael & Danielle Durossette

Real Life Pastors
Fort Smith

Michael and Danielle serve as the Real Life pastors, working with grades 7th-12th. Michael and Danielle are passionate about walking along side students as they develop their own authentic relationship with Christ. The vision for Real Life is centered around facilitating discipleship based mentorship to develop devoted followers of Christ, even in the midsts of the challenges faced by today’s students.  

Sam & Sarah Hansen

Four Twelve, Kid Life, and Little Life Pastors
Fort Smith

In 2010, Sarah Hansen attended a service at New Life Church’s Fort Smith campus. Soon afterwards, she met her husband, Sam, who moved from Wisconsin to intern at New Life. The couple now leads the church’s Little Life, Kid Life and Four Twelve ministries, teaching the Word of God to students of all ages. Together, they share a vision to see a young generation of world-changers experience God’s goodness and discover His plan for their lives.  

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