Danny and his wife, Mary Pat, have been married for 27 years and together they have two children, Claire and Ben. Danny is a graduate of Covenant College (’92) and Covenant Seminary (’07) and was ordained as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America in 2009. He considers himself fortunate to have served in student ministry for over 25 years as a camp director, youth pastor, as the Coordinator of Family and Youth Ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America’s Committee on Discipleship Ministries, an adjunct professor at both Covenant College and Covenant Seminary, and as the Director of the Next Institute of Mission to the World. The conviction that drives Danny forward in life and pastoral ministry is that the Gospel brings people from every cultural, ethnic, generational and socio-economic group together, not just as a future heavenly possibility but as a current kingdom reality.
Eunice Mendoza is a native of Acapulco, Mexico, and has lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee, since 1998. Eunice has been the Latino Ministry Director at New City East Lake since 2009, and she has worked in Chattanooga’s Latino community for over 17 years. While working hard to help the church in its ministries, she has also improved her own knowledge of the English language. Her bi-cultural background and focus on community collaboration has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles. Through her work as director of the church's ESL ministry, tutoring in NCEL's after-school tutoring program (ELECT), coaching with Chattanooga Sports Ministry, and Health Promoter for LifeSpring Community Health, Eunice has earned the trust of the Latino community. She has also been teaching Spanish classes at NCEL to those who see it as a valuable skill in their own lives and as a tool for community outreach.
Gustavo was born and grew up in Brazil, where his family still lives. He came to know the Lord at an early age, but it was through his time with Colloquium, a L’Abri-like ministry in Goiania, Brazil, that Gustavo developed a conviction of his faith and an awareness of his calling. Upon completing a degree in Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Goias, Gustavo began studies at Covenant Theological Seminary, where he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree. It was a Covenant that Gustavo met his wife, Stephanie. Together they served as missionaries with MTW in Cape Town, South Africa, as the Community Transformation Director with Ministries in Action in Miami, Florida, and have recently moved to Chattanooga after serving with churches in the US and Brazil. As the Director of Adult Discipleship, Gustavo brings his passion to see people coming to know the love of God through the life and work of Jesus. Gustavo and his wife have three young children – Gabriella (8), Lucas (6) and Jonathan (5).
Paul grew up worshipping at New Song Community Church, a church founded to spread the message of reconciliation through Jesus in the inner city of Baltimore. While at New Song, he developed a love for old and new Gospel music and multicultural worship. While studying music at Covenant College, he extended his knowledge of traditional hymns and contemporary Christian music. Soon after graduating in 2013, Paul began attending New City East Lake where he was exposed to more of the above, as well as worship songs not just translated into Spanish, but written by native Spanish speakers. Since 2016, Paul has served as Director of Worship at New City East Lake, where he is blessed to get to offer up to God the best music of every style, culture, and language every week. He lives in East Lake with his wife Abbie, their daughter Myra, and their dog Marlin.
Yvonne joined New City East Lake as a part-time staff in February 2016. After working at Covenant College for 15 years, she was excited to answer the Lord's call to a new ministry at the church. Yvonne is a Chattanooga native and spent several years of her early childhood living in East Lake, several blocks from the park. Yvonne and her husband, Jim, have three amazing adult children (who are blessed with awesome spouses) and six beautiful grandchildren. Her family was part of New City Fellowship Glenwood for over 30 years before joining the body of New City East Lake in October of 2014. When she's not at the church, Yvonne manages their Airbnb apartment, works as a wedding coordinator, and arranges bridal flowers and bouquets.