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Rodney & Stacey Shaw


Senior Pastor

Rodney and Stacey Shaw have been a part of the pastoral staff since New Life Austin was established in 1992. After serving as assistant pastor and associate pastor, Pastor Shaw became senior pastor in 2010. In addition to preaching and teaching each week, he oversees pastoral care and the administration of New Life. The Shaws work as a team providing pastoral care and leading the ministries of the church. Stacey has served in most of the ministries of the church and has led many of them. She has a contagious smile and is known to be a woman of prayer and an encourager.

The Shaws have two children, Taylor and Brooke.

Pastor Shaw is an ordained minister with the United Pentecostal Church International and earned a master of arts in theological studies from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a diploma in theology from Texas Bible College.

David Bernard



Bishop Bernard is the founding pastor of New Life Austin. He and his wife, Connie, started our church in 1992 and served at New Life full-time till 2010 when he became the the general superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church International, which is headquartered in St. Louis, MO. He now serves New Life Austin as a pastoral advisor.

He is an ordained minister with the United Pentecostal Church International and earned the master and doctor of theology in New Testament from the University of South Africa, doctor of jurisprudence with honors from the University of Texas, and bachelor of arts magna cum laude in mathematical sciences and managerial studies from Rice University.

Seth Simmons


Assistant Pastor

Pastor Seth became a member of New Life Austin in 2000. He served as our youth pastor from 2005-2011 and then as pastor of New Life Hutto in Hutto, Texas, from 2011-2016. He rejoined our staff as an assistant pastor in May 2017.

He and his wife, Sarah, have two daughters, Promise and Purity. Sarah is a gifted singer and finds joy in equipping others to thrive in ministry.

Pastor Seth is an ordained minister with the United Pentecostal Church International. He formerly served as youth president of the South Texas District and currently serves as secretary-treasurer of the Austin Metro Section. He earned a master of arts in Christian ministry from Urshan Graduate School of Theology and a bachelor of science in corporate communication from the University of Texas at Austin.

Regena Dumas



Regena began attending New Life Austin in 2004 and joined our staff in 2008. She is a CPA and oversees the accounting of the church. Besides her work as treasurer, Regena loves working with our Bible quizzing program and children's ministry.

She earned a degree in accounting from Texas A&M University.

Debbie Gardner


Accounting Assistant

Debbie moved to Austin 2006 for a job opportunity and began attending New Life Austin at that time and joined our staff in 2010.

Debbie does much of the day-to-day bookkeeping tasks including posting accounts receivable, accounts payable, and reconciliations.