We ARe Here to Serve

Meet Our 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 die hard USC football fan  and his favorite pass-time is playing basketball.

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 degree in Youth Ministry from CFNI. He loves photography, technology, and exploring new places with his wife and family

Rose Cantrell

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

Kelsey Schuett

Young Adults Pastor
Maximizing Potential

Amy swanson

Amy serves alongside Dale as 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 with her son, and she collects honey from her beehives

Faith Morales

Worship Pastor
Faith is a gifted musician, songwriter and a dedicated mom to 3 young children.  Faith holds a B.A in Worship & Technical Arts from Christ For The Nations.  Faith teaches singing lessons to adults and kids.  She loves making fun vlogs to encourage moms and friends, and she leads our young mom's group.   She loves time with friends and a good vanilla  latte!

Zach Stewart

Staff Admin
Zach and his wife and three young kids moved to Santa Barbara from West Virginia in 2020.   Zach is a stay at home dad with his three kids and he uses his exceptional organizational skills to keep our office and staff running like clockwork!  Zach roasts his own coffee brand  and he uses his musical talent on Sunday playing drums in our worship band. 

Dane Schuett

Young Adults Pastor
Cultivating Growth
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.

Church Council

Carl & Debbie

Serving NLC since 2001

Dave & Kristi

Serving NLC since 2018

Jay & joanna

Serving NLC since 1993

Dane & Kelsey

Serving NLC since 2016