Meet the Pastors
Annette and I have had the privilege to serve as senior pastors since 1988. We really do consider it a privilege to call Canby New Life Foursquare our church home. Our 3 children have grown up and thrived at New Life. Our oldest son Ronny, his wife Sara, and their wonderful babies, Ella, Jackson and Joel, are now third and fourth generation Swors at New Life. Ryan is married to Jessie, they live in Portland. Our daughter Rebecca is a graduate of Canby Bible College and the Immersion Discipleship program; she has recently moved out on her own. Our core value hasn’t changed in that Jesus will always be “The Main Thing” in our worship and our teaching of the Word of God. Our inspiration is to love people, our goal is that Jesus Christ will be honored and glorified, and our desire is that the Holy Spirit will have free expression in our lives.
Dave & Dorothy Kelly
Executive Pastor, Missions
Dorothy and I have been serving in the ministry since 1982. It is a privilege to serve the Lord with the gifts He has given us. Although my “job” is Executive Pastor, our “ministry” is to serve God and His people. Our heart is for everyone to come to the saving grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. Freedom in Christ is the key to life, here at home and around the world. That the world may know . . .
Our vision for the New Life family is to encourage every believer to become mature, fruitful, Spirit-filled disciples of Jesus Christ. Our passion is teaching the whole counsel of God’s word to provide a solid foundation for our Christian faith, encouraging growth and maturity through mentoring, counseling, and mid-week adult education classes, and equipping emerging leaders attending the Canby Bible College. We are also deeply committed to Missions, resourcing and advising those who leave the New Life family to make disciples in foreign fields.
Pastor Sammy & Jo Ann Jamison
Family, Children's Ministries, Pastoral Care
Jo Ann and I have served on the pastoral staff at New Life since 1995. We oversee the children and family ministries. When it comes to developing the faith of children, what happens at home is more important than what happens at church. With that in mind, our heart is to support parents as well as classroom leaders who can introduce children to Christ and guide them to live for Him. Another aspect of our ministry is leading our hospital visitation team.
Jo Ann can be reached at email@example.com
Shelly and I have been blessed to be a part of New Life and this community since 1999. Since that time our hearts have grown more and more passionate for the next generation to find Christ, follow Christ, and be used by Christ. We currently have the privilege of serving the students at New Life, grades 4 - College, and desire to see great fruit in their lives produced from embracing environments, intentional discipleship, and opportunities to serve and lead. We also love quiet coffee moments with just the two of us on our back porch, reflecting on God’s grace in our lives. We love calling Canby our home, New Life our church, and young people our call.
Pastor Sam & Lovena Flaherty
Hospitality, HomeLinks, Men's Ministry
Lovena and I have been a part of the New Life church family since 1993 and consider ourselves blessed to call this place home. We are very proud of our children, Jacob and Kelsey. I have been on staff as a pastor since 2004 serving in Home Links, Hospitality, and Men’s Ministry. We desire for you to grow and mature in the Lord as you walk the unique path He has given you. Our hope is that you experience the same blessings we have received from connecting and developing close relationships with others in our church family (joints of the body of Christ). “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” Ephesians 4:16
Rebeka and I love spending our time in leadership development, discipleship and educational ministry. We have served at New Life since 2001.
While serving as Dean of the College, I also teach Introduction to Christian Ministry, World Religions, Hermeneutics, and Evangelism/Apologetics at Canby Bible College. We have three daughters, Moriah, Selah, and Phoebe Joy and one son, Malachi.
Pastor James & Courtney Walton
Courtney and I have been married since 2007 and enjoy raising our beautiful boy, Paxton. I graduated in 2010 from LIFE Pacific with a Bachelor’s in Ministry and Leadership after earning my Associates Degree from Canby Bible College in 2007. We love the opportunity to serve this church family and are passionate about seeing everyone, especially young people, see the Bible as relevant and powerful.
Pastor CJ Knutson
Associate Director of Pre-Teen Ministries
I have been honored to serve our New Life family since 2008. Ministering to our Pre-Teens has been my heart's desire. Seeing what could have been a lost generation recognize that they now have purpose in Jesus is my mission. I’ve dedicated myself to working closely with an array of unique pastors in our Student Ministries Department to see disciples made and leaders developed.
Spencer and Kate Schaber have served as New Life Foursquare youth pastors since coming on staff in 2009. Spencer received the Lord through the student ministries of New Life as a teenager and went on to become a graduate of the Immersion Discipleship program in 2008, while receiving his Associate Degree in Christian Ministry from Canby Bible College. Spencer and Kate are passionate about empowering youth to grow in their relationship with Christ through discipleship, and raising up the next generation of leaders within the church.
Pastor Bill & Neila Swor
Neila and I like to see people grow in the Lord - especially the upcoming generations. We try to encourage people to reach their highest goal for the Kingdom of God and their service to the Lord.