Our Staff

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Van Otterloo

Lead Pastor
I was ordained as a pastor in 2012 and had the opportunity to serve a church in Rock Valley, the town I grew up in, for six years. During my time in Rock Valley, I had the opportunity to work with the youth and the missions team.  When New Life church was looking for a lead pastor, I was drawn to their commitment to being a blessing to the community and their passion for spreading the gospel. I started serving at New Life in 2016. The people at New Life have been such a blessing to my family and me. We love being part of this church family, and it is a joy and privilege to serve alongside the church. 
As a church, we desire to continue to grow in helping people find new life in Christ in the community and their calling. I have been married to my wife, Bonita, since August 2, 2003. We have two daughters, Oliva and Peyton. 

Dan Kruse

Spiritual Formation and Family Life Pastor
I came to New Life Church in August of 2004 after serving eight years as a family life pastor in Ripon, California. I was led to New Life to serve as their ministry director and to help nurture the spiritual growth of adults, marriages, and families. I love coming alongside people, encouraging their growth in Christlikeness, and helping them experience the full and abundant life Jesus came to give (John 10:10)!
My wife, Pam, and I have been happily married for 36 years. I have had the joy of serving alongside her on staff in the three churches that we have served over the years. We are blessed with three adult children, Jordan, Kelly, and Katrina; a daughter-in-law, Jaclyn; a son-in-law, Ryan; and two grandsons, Walter and Dylan.  

Ryan Govig

Director of Student Ministries
When the previous youth pastor stepped down, my wife and I were the adult leaders of the High School youth group. I was asked to finish out the year as an interim, and during that time, I felt the call to apply for the full-time position. I started working at New Life in 2005. I love the life teens bring, and I especially enjoy serving with them. As I get older, I’ve gained a love for empowering our adult leaders and seeing God work through them. I am married to Tiffany, who grew up at New Life and got me involved here. We have three boys, Kyler (14), Kale (11), and Lincoln (7). 

Josh Vermeer

Director of Missions and Connections
I have been in ministry my whole adult life. I interned in faith ministry at Faith CRC in Sioux Center while in College, worked at Rolling Acres CRC as youth director for a year, and volunteered in Pella at my home church of Calvary CRC, working with youth. After that, I was at First Reformed Church in Sanborn and Hartley United Methodist Church, and now I have been at New Life Church for just about a year. I was led to New Life because of their passion for missions, and what draws me here now is their love of God and others. I started working at New Life the first week of October 2021. My passion is to help people better understand God’s gospel truth. I also am passionate about sharing God’s word with those who don’t know or understand it. I want people to feel welcome here at New Life, knowing that we aren’t perfect but serve a perfect God.
I have been married to my wife, Brenda, for 20 years. We have five kids Ashleigh, Kyra, Jacoby, Clayton, and Josie.

Heidi Fehlhafer

Worship Arts Ministry
Heidi serves as our Worship Coordinator and leads all of our praise and worship teams!

Sam Mosher

Children's Ministry Team Coordinator | Rising Arrows Founder
I had minimal ministry experience before starting at New Life in 2021. By trade, I am a hairdresser. By the grace of God, I am able to do children’s ministry. God gave me a big idea for Rising Arrows, and after the church allowed me to run with that, I knew He had bigger plans in ministry for me. New Life has been my church family for a long time. I feel very honored to work and be blessed by the congregation of this church!
I wasn’t always a strong Christian. I always knew God but didn’t always allow Him to walk alongside me. I didn’t own my first Bible until I was 26. Once I started reading His word, and what His will is for my life and others, my world changed! My mission within our church is to create a safe place for everyone to come and learn about Christ just as they are. I love seeing people grow closer to God and start living out His word.
Our family is two boys, two dogs, and a Doug! We have two very active little boys, Vince and Nix.

Gary Zeutenhorst


I started at New Life in 2013. My mission at New Life is to work with all the different groups that use New Life daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly. Whether it is a funeral, wedding, auction, Bible study, or many other activities that take place here, it is a great pleasure to assist them with their needs. My family consists of my wife, Kim; my daughters, Ellie, Janae, Kendra; and my son, Jarrett.

Jessica Darling

Communications and Office Administrator
I started working at New Life in June of 2023. I grew up on a farm in Worthington, MN where I graduated high school in 2018. I then attended Crown College, where I received a bachelor’s degree in youth and social ministry and a master’s degree in Christian studies. I have experience working as a substance abuse counselor and paraprofessional and am currently the ministry coordinator at Love INC. I also play in the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra! I look forward to meeting you and participating in the work that God is doing at New Life! 
Jill serves as our Care and Connections Coordinator and fosters community at New Life through designing and implementing events, programs, and fellowship opportunities!

Jill Harskamp

Care and Connections Coordinator