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Staff

Josiah Katumu

Josiah Katumu

Senior Pastor
jkatumu@newcityeastlake.com

Josiah is a native of Kenya. He was born in a small village in eastern part of Kenya where he spent part of his childhood before the family relocated to Nairobi. He grew up in a Christian home and came to know the Lord as a teenager. His father is a Presbyterian minister in Kenya. After graduating from Kenyatta University, BA, Josiah moved to Orlando, FL, in 2008 to attend Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) where he earned his M.Div., in 2011. While in seminary he met his beautiful bride, Quiana. They got married in 2012 and are the proud parents to Josiah Jr. (JoJo). Before moving to Chattanooga, TN, Josiah was the senior pastor at Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church in Relay, MD. He also served at Covenant Presbyterian Church (Orlando) and Treasure Coast Presbyterian Church (Stuart). During his free time, you will find Josiah enjoying a cup of chai (Kenyan tea) and watching his favorite soccer team, Chelsea, or reading a book.

Josiah Katumu

Senior Pastor
Pedro Martinez

Pedro Martinez

Audio Visual and Technology Director
pmartinez@newcityeastlake.com

Pedro Martinez

Audio Visual and Technology Director
Jack Stimart

Jack Stimart

Youth Intern
jstimart@newcityeastlake.com

Jack Stimart

Youth Intern
Eunice Mendoza

Eunice Mendoza

Director of Latino Ministries
emendoza@newcityeastlake.com

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.

Eunice Mendoza

Director of Latino Ministries
Gustavo Formenti

Gustavo Formenti

Director of Adult Discipleship
gformenti@newcityeastlake.com

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).

Gustavo Formenti

Director of Adult Discipleship
Paul Smallman

Paul Smallman

Director of Worship
psmallman@newcityeastlake.com

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.

Paul Smallman

Director of Worship
Laini Huffine

Laini Huffine

Director of Children's Ministry
lhuffine@newcityeastlake.com

Laini Huffine

Director of Children's Ministry
Yvonne Terney

Yvonne Terney

Church Office Assistant
yterney@newcityeastlake.com

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.

Yvonne Terney

Church Office Assistant
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Alan Herweyer

Ben Huffine

Bryan Holland

Greg Davick

Jose Ocando

Kirk Ward

Tom Horne

Zack McElrath

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Amy Smith

Danny Hoelke

Eunice Mendoza

Jim Terney

Kat Wieldraayer

Nate Sharp

Pablo Mazariegos

Raquel Pantoja

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