Our Staff

Our Staff

Service Director

Mitch Austin

Mitch was born and raised in Gillette, calling New Life home as long as he can remember. He studied music at Black Hills State University, and graduated in the fall of 2012. Mitch enjoys the church gathering to worship as one voice.
Discipleship Pastor

Paul Baughman

Paul graduated from Geneva College in 1991 with dual degrees in Civil Engineering and Business. After serving in volunteer youth ministry for several years, God called him to leave engineering for seminary. He has served for more than 17 years as a pastor at churches in Pennsylvania prior to the Lord opening the door for ministry at New Life. In 2000 he married Karen and along the way they have been blessed with four ridiculously cute (and loud) children. He…
Women’s Pastor & Love Gillette Coordinator

Karen Baughman

Karen is married to Paul and is thrilled to be serving the Lord at New Life. She is a graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Speech Communications and Theatre Education. She loves the Lord, her husband, her kids, spending time with people and all things creative. When she isn’t involved in ministry, she homeschools their four kids, makes yummy food, and plays to avoid cleaning the house.
Life Group Director & Blessings in a Backpack Coordinator

Elly Henning

Elly grew up in Gillette and then attended college in Grand Junction, Colorado where she studied Political Science. She then left the West for a career in Washington, D.C. working for U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., as his press secretary for seven years. Elly returned to Gillette in 2011 and soon after she met Robert Henning and they married in 2013. Robert is the Director of the Rockpile Museum. Robert and Elly are the proud parents of two beautiful human…
Early Childhood Coordinator

Elena Irish

Elena was born and raised in Germany until 1998 when her family moved to Cullman, Alabama. She graduated from Cullman High School in 2005 and moved back to Germany that summer. She was an Au Pair in France for a year before she went to nursing school and received her pediatric nursing degree. Elena moved to Gillette in 2011 and has been working at the Recreation Center. Although her family lives in Germany, Gillette is her home. Elena is very…
Youth Pastor

Sara McCormick

Sara was born and raised in Germany until 2001 when her family moved to Gillette. She graduated high school from CCHS in 2011 and attended Gillette College on a basketball scholarship for two years, then transferred to the University of Wyoming and studied there for two years. She started attending New Life Sunday services and youth group in 2008. Sara is currently pursuing a district pastoral license through the Oklahoma Wesleyan online Program and hopes to pursue a career in…
Ministry Assistant

Jenn Palmer

Jenn was born and raised into a military family. Every year, Jenn was bound to be moving to a new military base. Half of her high school career was spent in Japan, while the last half completed here in Wyoming. She graduated from Wright High School in May of 2008. Jenn married her husband, Jed, in this church in the summer of 2018. Altogether, they have 4 children and 2 fur children and love doing fun things as one big…
Finance Manager

Corrie Tieman

Corrie moved to Gillette in 1993 with her parents and brother and started going to New Life soon after. She graduated from Home School high school in 1998. Corrie met her husband John at New Life in 2004 and they were married in 2007. They have no kids but recently had 2 dogs, Oscar and Riley, that got old and passed away, Corrie & John are hoping in the near future to add another dog to their family. They enjoy…
Children’s Pastor

Darci Wilson

Darci was married to Mike Wilson on March 15, 2008. She received her undergraduate and graduate (MBA) degrees from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, OK. She is originally from Sharon Springs, KS, where her father continues to raise cattle. Darci worked in University Student/Professor relations prior to moving to Gillette in 2011.
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