Staff and Leadership


  • REV. BILL CRAWFORD - PASTOR

    Bill Crawford and his wife Kathy, a third-grade teacher, have three adult children. Bill came to the South Bay in 2011 to help plant New City. A passionate sports fan but a more passionate Jesus follower, his desire to encourage Christ followers is summed up in C.S. Lewis’ words, The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men and women into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became human for no other purpose.” Email Bill.

  • Rev. LISA LAIT - ASSOCIATE PASTOR

    Lisa attended California State University, Long Beach. She received a commission in the U.S. Army through ROTC and was branched Military Intelligence. Lisa served for 8 years as a reserve officer. She has attended Military Intelligence school and is a graduate of Pepperdine's MDiv program. Lisa love hiking, camping, canyoneering, and anything outdoors.  Email Lisa.

  • DANNY HALL - PASTOR OF Mobilization

    Danny Hall has a passion for teaching Scripture and mentoring others to know God better. This passion has lead him to serve in various pastoral and leadership rolls in diverse locations such as rural Mississippi, Vienna, Austria, Palo Alto, California, Memphis, Tennessee and Pleasanton, California.  His latest calling to New City has added joy: Danny and his wife Ginger now live blocks away from their two grandchildren. Email Danny.

  • Keren Ryan - Worship COORDINATOR

    Keren, who attended Fullerton College for music studies, wants us to remember that reaching out to those in need is what God has called us to do because lives are changed through Christ’s love.  Along with her passion for helping others, Keren also loves dogs and volunteers at rescues. Keren met her husband, Daniel, while playing music together for a High School winter camp. Email Keren.


  • Melinda Ige - Ministry Coordinator

    Melinda enjoys helping people grow in faith and in their relationship with God. In addition to serving as Ministry Coordinator, Melinda leads several small group Bible Studies for New City. She has a Master's degree in Theology from Azusa Pacific Seminary and is a Spiritual Director.  Melinda and her husband, Danny, live in Culver City. They have four grown children. Email Melinda.

  • Avery Drost - Youth Director

    Avery, a graduate of Westmont College, has spent years coaching young people in faith in Christ and in beach volleyball. He has competed in professional beach volleyball and is active in FCA Volleyball. Avery strives to use his career to share his testimony and has a heart for leading youth to know their identity in Christ. Avery and his wife Alyson have a one-year old daughter. Email Avery.


  • Karen Palacios - Children's ministry Coordinator

    Karen holds a certificate in Ministry and Biblical Studies from Hope International University. She has been involved in worship, youth and children's ministry, and has volunteered with outreach programs such as feeding the "street community" in Skid Row. Karen served in the Water’s Edge Nursery and as Children's Ministry Assistant before joining New City staff. Email Karen.


  • Elders - Transition TeaM 2018

    Robert Crotty - Email Bob

    Carol de Cordova - Email Carol

    Don Hawley - Email Don

    Derek Holman - Email Derek

    Gary Hunt - Email Gary

    Courtney Cano, Clerk of Session - Email Courtney