Pastoral Staff
Lead Pastor

Rusty Russell

Rusty has been serving as Lead Pastor of New Day Christian Church in Port Charlotte, FL, since 2010. For the previous fourteen years, he was an associate minister at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He has co-authored several books with his father, Bob Russell, including When God Answers Prayer and When God Builds a Church. Rusty has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Cincinnati Christian University and a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Kellie have been married since 1991. They have four children, two daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, and one granddaughter.

Executive Pastor

Mark Williams

North Port Campus Pastor

Robbie Rutherford

Discipleship Pastor

Abdiel Fuentes

Next Steps Pastor

Sam Pepper

Care Pastor

Chris Mason

Port Charlotte Student Pastor


Pastor Luke Williams
North Port Campus Children’s Pastor

Luke Williams

DR Church Planting Pastor

Elvis Batista

Support Staff

Operations Director

Steve DeBona

NextGen Ministry Assistant

Jessica Hotchkiss



Communications Director

Jessica Fincannon

Student Worship Director

Eddie Fuentes

Office Manager

April Greene

Facilities Manager

Chip Laskowski

Church Engagement Director

Kara Siemonski


Al Hoffman

Charles Jerry

Bart Marx

Roger Rives

Wayne Rose

Tom Thrasher

Rusty Russell