Staff and Leadership


    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.


    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 loves 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 roles 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 just blocks away from their two grandchildren. Email Danny.

  • Keren Ryan - Worship DirecTOR

    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.

  • 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 competes in AVP Beach Volleyball and is active in FCA. 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 Aly have a two-year old daughter and newborn son.  Email Avery.

  • Karen Palacios - Children's ministry Director

    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  outreach programs. She works closely with Hannah Hewitt, our New City Kids Volunteer Coordinator.  Their goal for Children's Ministry is be "a  thriving team creating a safe and exciting place for children to know Jesus."    Email Karen.

  • Elders                                                       DEACONS

    Robert Crotty - Email Bob                                               Dawn Denny

    Carol de Cordova - Email Carol

    Don Hawley, Clerk of Session                                            Linda Holliday 

    Paul Hewitt

    Connie Lopez                                                                     Sanjay Philip

    Jonathan Shedd

    Joanne Feldmeth

    Dave McNeil