Meet the team

Dale Swanson

Senior Pastor
Dale is the lead pastor at New Life Church.  He was raised in Santa Barbara, and he loves this city.  He attended Westmont College where he earned his BA in Liberal Arts. He holds a Master's degree in Biblical Counseling from Liberty University.   His passion is teaching, coaching and releasing leaders into their full potential.   He's also a diehard USC football fan  and his favorite pass-time is playing basketball.

Amy swanson

Amy is a pastor at New Life and an ACC certified leadership coach. She's also a Westmont grad and was a local high school teacher of English for 25 years.  Her passion is supporting growth in others and  helping  leaders  navigate life transitions with clarity and confidence. In her spare time, she runs a mobile petting zoo business and collects honey from her beehives

Fernando Morales

Associate Pastor
Pastor Fernando serves as our Associate Pastor.  Pastor Fernando is passionate about equipping people to know and love Jesus. He holds a B.A in General Christian Studies from The Kings University & a AdvDip in Youth Ministry from CFNI. He loves photography, technology, and exploring new places with his wife and family

faith Morales

Worship Pastor
Faith is a gifted musician, songwriter and a dedicated mom to 2 preschool age children and 6 month old baby. Faith holds a B.A in Worship & Technical Arts from Christ For The Nations.  Faith loves making fun vlogs to encourage moms and friends, and she loves time with friends and a good vanilla  latte!

Rose Cantrell

Children's Pastor
Rose recently joined our staff in May after she graduated from Life Pacific University.  Rose is originally from Denver, Colorado where she grew up before going to college at Life Pacific.  She earned her BA degree in Transformational Ministry and Biblical Studies.

Meet our Church council

Pastors Dane and Kelsey Schuett

Young Adult Pastors and Church Council Members
Cultivating Growth & Maximizing Potential 
As campus leaders for UCSB, SBCC and Westmont  Intervarsity Fellowship, Dane and Kelsey lead, disciple and connect regularly with young adults.  In addition to their ministry with  Intervarsity, Dane and Kelsey serve on the worship team at NLC.   They both became licensed Foursquare ministers in 2020 and they have a passion for supporting young people to find their calling and purpose in Christ.

Debbie Endo

Treasurer and Council Member
Serving NLC
 since 2001

Carl Endo

Council Member
Serving NLC
since 2010

Dave and Kristi Morris

Council Members
Serving NLC since  2018

Jay and Joanna Reyes

Council Members
Heralding Truth &
Sewing Possibilities
Serving NLC since 1993