Staff

Mike Willich - Lead Pastor Mike is married to Cindy and has two sons: Tyler and Brogen Mike has served as youth pastor for 13 years, an adult ministries pastor for 13 years, and is now serving as Lead Pastor at New Community. He has a B.S. in Christian Education and Counseling, M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy is currently working on his PhD in Christian Leadership. Mike's hobbies include golfing, hunting, fishing, watching K-State football and basketball, watching the K.C. Chiefs, watching his kids play soccer in college and high school, fixing things and keeping his yard manicured.   Mike loves watching God’s people grow up in the Lord and make disciples who make disciples.  

Mike Willich - Lead Pastor

Mike is married to Cindy and has two sons: Tyler and Brogen

Mike has served as youth pastor for 13 years, an adult ministries pastor for 13 years, and is now serving as Lead Pastor at New Community. He has a B.S. in Christian Education and Counseling, M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy is currently working on his PhD in Christian Leadership.

Mike's hobbies include golfing, hunting, fishing, watching K-State football and basketball, watching the K.C. Chiefs, watching his kids play soccer in college and high school, fixing things and keeping his yard manicured.  

Mike loves watching God’s people grow up in the Lord and make disciples who make disciples.  

Jon Quick – Associate Pastor - Worship Arts & Connections Jon married Chelsea in 2008 and has 3 children: Kylie, Lindsey, and Joshua. Jon was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2006, Jon joined the military on active duty with the Army. Jon was stationed at Ft. Riley from 2007 to 2013 and it was there that his two daughters were born. In 2013, Jon and his family moved back to the Pacific Northwest where Jon started his ministry and started pursuing a Bachelors Degree. Jon received his B.A. in Management and Ethics from Multnomah Bible College (MU).  Jon's hobbies include working on his cars, spending time with his family and making new friends, hunting, and fishing.  Jon loves connecting people to Jesus through music and creative expression.

Jon Quick – Associate Pastor - Worship Arts & Connections

Jon married Chelsea in 2008 and has 3 children: Kylie, Lindsey, and Joshua.

Jon was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2006, Jon joined the military on active duty with the Army. Jon was stationed at Ft. Riley from 2007 to 2013 and it was there that his two daughters were born. In 2013, Jon and his family moved back to the Pacific Northwest where Jon started his ministry and started pursuing a Bachelors Degree. Jon received his B.A. in Management and Ethics from Multnomah Bible College (MU). 

Jon's hobbies include working on his cars, spending time with his family and making new friends, hunting, and fishing. 

Jon loves connecting people to Jesus through music and creative expression.

Derek Birney - Associate Pastor - Youth & Missions Derek married Emily in 2017 and has two dogs: Clyde and Makia. Derek moved to Salina from Manhattan, KS in May of 2015 after receiving his Bachelors degree in Pastoral Ministry and Counseling from Manhattan Christian College. While in Manhattan, Derek worked with Younglife where he discovered his desire for every person to have the chance to hear about  Jesus. Derek's hobbies include cooking, chocolate ice cream, and of course, his family. He dreams of the day that he will go skydiving (possibly with his dogs). Derek loves to see students as they take steps in understanding who Jesus is and how His love has changed the world.

Derek Birney - Associate Pastor - Youth & Missions

Derek married Emily in 2017 and has two dogs: Clyde and Makia.

Derek moved to Salina from Manhattan, KS in May of 2015 after receiving his Bachelors degree in Pastoral Ministry and Counseling from Manhattan Christian College. While in Manhattan, Derek worked with Younglife where he discovered his desire for every person to have the chance to hear about  Jesus.

Derek's hobbies include cooking, chocolate ice cream, and of course, his family. He dreams of the day that he will go skydiving (possibly with his dogs).

Derek loves to see students as they take steps in understanding who Jesus is and how His love has changed the world.

Chris Pahls - Associate Pastor - Discipleship & Communications Chris married Amanda in 2010 and has 4 daughters: Norah, Charlie, Ada, and Frankie. Chris taught Art, Music, and Special Education in public schools for 5 years and freelanced as designer, photographer, and videographer. He has a handful of Bachelors degrees in art and education from Fort Hays State University (Go Tigers!). He is currently pursuing a M.A. in Biblical Studies from Colorado Christian University. Chris's hobbies include cooking, making and playing musical instruments, Wes Anderson movies, Saturday morning dance parties, and anything DIY. Chris loves to see people of all ages discover and passionately pursue a heart for Jesus and His Church.

Chris Pahls - Associate Pastor - Discipleship & Communications

Chris married Amanda in 2010 and has 4 daughters: Norah, Charlie, Ada, and Frankie.

Chris taught Art, Music, and Special Education in public schools for 5 years and freelanced as designer, photographer, and videographer. He has a handful of Bachelors degrees in art and education from Fort Hays State University (Go Tigers!). He is currently pursuing a M.A. in Biblical Studies from Colorado Christian University.

Chris's hobbies include cooking, making and playing musical instruments, Wes Anderson movies, Saturday morning dance parties, and anything DIY.

Chris loves to see people of all ages discover and passionately pursue a heart for Jesus and His Church.

 
 
Christina Lopez - Administrative Assistant Christina married Javier in 1994. Together they have three kids: Collin, Kaysia, and Cade.  Christina originally studied to be a florist.  She was a stay-at-home mom for 10 years and jumped back into the work force when her children started school full-time.  She has been working at New Community since 2008, but has attended since the doors opened in 1999. Christina's hobbies include remodeling houses with her family and watching her kids’ sporting activities.

Christina Lopez - Administrative Assistant

Christina married Javier in 1994. Together they have three kids: Collin, Kaysia, and Cade. 

Christina originally studied to be a florist.  She was a stay-at-home mom for 10 years and jumped back into the work force when her children started school full-time.  She has been working at New Community since 2008, but has attended since the doors opened in 1999.

Christina's hobbies include remodeling houses with her family and watching her kids’ sporting activities.