Meet Our New Life Staff

Bob See
Senior Lead Pastor

I joined the staff in 1995 and serve as Senior Lead Pastor. I grew up in Chillicothe, and currently live in Morton with my family. My wife, Harriet and I have been married since 1982. We have two sons—Stephen and Jeremy. I enjoy reading, running, canoeing, and backpacking. I have suffered as a cub fan ever since the 1969 fiasco with the New York Mets.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT: Harriet and I served for ten years as missionaries in Japan.

Contact:  BobSee@newlifeonline.org


Dave Troyer
Senior Executive Pastor

I’ve been on staff since March of 1998. My position is Senior Executive Pastor. I was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio and grew up in West Liberty, Ohio. I live in Morton with my wife, Carol. We’ve been married since June of 1972. We have three children (all of whom are married)—Christy (& Chad Engel), Charity (& Ted Moore), and Josh (& Mary Reinken). We have been blessed with four grandchildren.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT: Carol and I graduated from Ohio State University and are avid Buckeye fans!

Contact:  DaveTroyer@newlifeonline.org


Josh Trueblood
Community Life Pastor
  & Small Groups

I came on staff as the Community Life Pastor in August of 2006. I'm crazy about small groups and our high-impact visitor's ministry. I grew up in Pekin, and since college, I've lived in Goodfield, East Peoria, and now Morton. My wife (Linda) and I have three fantastic kids: Jacob, Davi, and Gracie. I enjoy time with my family, I love books, music (surfing iTunes), and working in the yard.

I've been a computer programmer for the past ten years and I'm kind of a gadget geek.

Contact:  JoshTrueblood@newlifeonline.org


Teresa Bassett
Executive Assistant
& Servant Life Director



I’ve held many positions at New Life since I began in 1998. Currently, I am the Executive Assistant to the Senior Lead Pastor. In addition, I am the Director of Servant Life (New Life's Volunteer Ministry), participate on the preaching team, and do church-wide promotions. My husband, John works at Komatsu America Corp., and we’ve been married since 1979. We have a son, John Jr., daugher-in-law, Kristine, grandsons, Nick & John III, and a daughter, Jessica, married to Dustin.  My family is the most important thing on earth to me. I love to draw, travel (especially cruises), watch NFL football (Miami Dolphins is who I root for) and play fantasy football.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT: Dan Marino is my favorite football player and I love to ride roller coasters.

Contact:  TeresaBassett@newlifeonline.org


Tina Graham

I’ve been on staff at New Life since 1987 as a custodian, and also became a secretary in the church office in 2000. I was born in Peoria and grew up in Mapleton. I live in East Peoria with my husband, Duane. We were married in Galena, IL on February 18, 2006. I have three children—Isaac, Sheena, and Danny, and four grandchildren.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT: I like hiking, motorcycle riding, fishing (only if they’re biting), and just being in the sun.



Contact:  TinaGraham@newlifeonline.org


Chuck Terviel


I came on staff in the area of maintenance in the year 2000. I was born in Peoria and grew up in the big town of Mackinaw. My wife Ruth and I currently live in Morton. We have five children (Augie, Aaron, Hope, Chad & Ashleigh) and two grandchildren.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT: I enjoy baseball, basketball and fishing.

Contact:  ChuckTerviel@newlifeonline.org


Ruth Terviel

I have been the custodian at the Hartseil Ministry Center since 2004.  I was born in Peoria, but grew up in Washington.  My husband, Chuck and I were married in 1981.  We have four children:  Aaron, Hope, Chad, and Ashleigh.  We live in Morton.  I enjoy doing crafts and sewing.  I was born and raised a Cub fan, and also like the Minnesota Twins.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT:  Chuck has a daughter from a previous marriage (Angie) and we have two grandchildren.  Barb Lange is my sister and Rick Wissler is my brother.

Contact:  RuthTerviel@newlifeonline.org


Jason Morris
Director of Worship Arts


I started full time as the Director of Worship Arts in February of '08. I
was the part-time creative arts director from 2000 - 2007, but I started
working at New Life two years prior to that in 1998 as the part-time
Children's Director (can you say "bad fit"?). I was born in Peoria, grew up
in rural Metamora, and I studied music at Eastern Illinois University. My
wife is Tina and we were married in 1994 and are enjoying a nutty life with
our five children. I enjoy writing and performing music, shooting a variety
of guns, playing video games, chess, watching LOST and hanging out with old
friends. I always loved Michael Jordan and was an avid watcher and guru of
pro basketball stats in the early to mid nineties, but when Jordan retired,
I gave up on the NBA.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT: When I was in grade school, I never spoke, and I had no friends. Regarding my five children, I am often asked don't you know what's causing that?-- to which I reply:  We haven't figured it out yet, but we're committed to further research.

Contact: jmorris@mtco.com


Laura Walters
Director of Children's Ministry

In June of 2001, I was hired as Director of Children's Ministry for infants through sixth grade. I was born and raised in East Peoria. I live in Mackinaw, along with my husband, Sam and our three children (Josh, Miriam, and David). Sam and I were married in 1995. I enjoy spending time with friends—eating out, having coffee (cappuccino is best!), and shopping—anything that involves hanging out & connecting!

LITTLE KNOWN FACT: After graduating from E.I.U., I taught Kindergarten for six years before coming to New Life.

Contact:  LauraWalters@newlifeonline.org


Valerie Irions
Assistant Dir. of Children's Ministry

I came on staff in the Fall of 2005, as part-time Assistant Director of Children's Ministry.  I grew up in Washington, IL.  I met my husband, Todd at New Life where we were married in 1998.  We have three sons—Gabriel, Abram, and Grayson.  I like to do scrapbooking and hang out with friends.  I don’t care much for sports.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT:  Movie theater popcorn with butter is my favorite!

Contact:  ValerieIrions@newlifeonline.org


Brenda Baldovin

I have been the bookkeeper at New Life since July of 2006. My husband, Bryan, and I were married December 18, 1982 and we live in Morton. We have two sons, Casey and Brett. I enjoy reading--I can’t make it a day without reading! I also like walking and going out to lunch. I don’t really care much about sports, but I’m married to a 2nd generation die-hard Cardinal fan!

I lived out west for ten years, both boys were born in California and then we moved home to Illinois to raise our children.

Contact:  BrendaBaldovin@newlifeonline.org


Kurt Smith

Kurt Smith
Creative Media Artist - Tech

I joined the staff at the end of July 2007. I have been married since
1992 to my bride, Heidi and began attending New Life the same year. We
have three active boys, Carter, Braden and Ashton. We left New Life for
four years to pursue God's call for education.  After graduating from
Lincoln Christian College and Seminary, we have returned to New Life and
our childhood home area.

In our 15 years of marriage, we have moved into eight
different homes. (Sorry Heidi)

Contact:  KurtSmith@newlifeonline.org

  Patrick Wright
Patrick Wright
Operations Manager

I came on staff as the Servant Life Director in September, 2006. I grew up in E. Peoria, and since I've been married I've lived in Morton, Chicago, Bloomington, Florida, E. Peoria, and now back to Morton. My beautiful wife, Lori, and I got married in May of 1985. God blessed me with three wonderful kids, Caleb, Nicole, and Faith. I enjoy spending time hanging out with my family and friends, bass fishing, hunting, reading good books, working in the yard, and did I mention BASS FISHING? I love to spend hours floating around the lake, soaking up the rays, observing God's creation, casting over and over again, trying to outwit a fish with a brain the size of a pea. “some days I win the battle, but most days I don't.”

LITTLE KNOWN FACT: Before coming to this church in May of 2005 I was a Pastor at Glendale Church in East Peoria for three years.

Contact:  PatrickWright@newlifeonline.org

  Ben Harrington
Ben Harrington
Director of Student Ministries

I joined the New Life Team in February of 2008. My wife, Aimee, and I love being in Morton serving God. We have two beautiful children, Connor and Reagan. I have graduated with my Associates of Arts in Communication, Bachelor of Arts in Outreach, and Masters degree in Administration. I have been working with students for a little over 12 years and loving it!  I feel it is an honor to serve God at New Life and I am excited to see where He is leading our students.

I love all types of sci-fi! I want to go to a Star Trek convention and dress up as a Borg once in my life!
Contact:  BenHarrington@newlifeonline.orgBen Harrington
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