Pastor Gary & Sharla
Senior Pastors
Gary & Sharla founded NLC in January 2005. Their desire is to see Jesus honored and the people of God to experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Pastor Gary’s teaching will challenge and inspire you to live an abundant Christian life. Gary has a Ph.D. in management, a M.A. and B.A in biblical languages. Gary & Sharla have six children and three grandchildren.

Jeremiah Jeremiah
Youth Pastor
NLC Students is where your teen will be challenged to live for Jesus by applying biblical principles to daily life. Jeremiah is working with Sam Houston State University’s Chi Alpha where he is learning strong principles in discipleship, small groups, and relationships.
Charles & Daisy
Children’s Director
Charles and Daisy’s heart is to get kids excited about learning God’s Word. Mr. Charles, or “Mr. C”, brings an infectious enthusiasm with him every week, presenting the Word in a fun and engaging way. Their goal is to help guide children in their journey of discovery and growth by providing epic opportunities for kids to encounter Jesus.
MariaRamirez Maria
Pre-K Leader
Children of all ages enjoy learning about Jesus from Mrs. Maria! Maria serves all levels of our children’s program. Whether singing songs to your baby, having fun with your toddler, or instructing your older children, her love for Jesus is apparent in her joyfulness. Maria has a Master’s Degree in Education, Bachelor’s in K-12 Bilingual Education, minor in ESL and Reading Specialist. She works as a diagnostician in a local school district. Maria and her husband have three sons.
Your baby is in good hands at NLC! Apart from raising her 5 children, Mrs. Pearl has been NLC’s nursery director since 2005. She is a Certified Community Health Care Worker, Outreach Counselor, and trained in Mental Health First Aid. Each week, one of our adult volunteers partners with Mrs. Pearl to ensure your child receives utmost attention.
NathanSara Nathan & Sara
Worship Leaders
Worship is a priority at NLC! NLC is experiencing the presence of God in worship as Nathan & Sara lead us in contemporary praise and worship. It is their desire that through worship, hearts and lives would be changed to influence people beyond the walls of the church. Nathan has an MBA and a Bachelors in Computer Systems from UH. Sara is involved in women’s ministry and events planning and has a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies. They have two children.

Gilbert & Brandi
Young Adults
Gilbert and Brandi are the Young Adult Pastors at NLC. Together they lead “The Light,” which is the NLC College/Career Ministry and the Young Adult & Family Ministry. The heart of these ministries is to provide fellowship, support, and discipleship for young adults as well as to serve the community in order to demonstrate God’s love. Gilbert and Brandi have four children and bring a wealth of experience to NLC. Their passion is to disciple young adults leading them in the discovery of their God-given call. Gilbert earned a BA in Bible & Theology from Southwestern Assemblies of God University and is credentialed with the Assemblies of God.
MichaelShannon Michael & Shannon
Marriage Ministry
Michael and Shannon lead the Marriage Ministry at NLC. They are passionate about strengthening marriage bonds, nurture faith-filled marriages, and build Christ-centered families through Bible studies, fellowship, marriage events, and prayer. A highlight event at NLC is the annual XO Marriage Conference Simulcast each February in partnership with the Marriage Today Ministry. Michael and Shannon have six children and two grandchildren. Shannon is pursuing an MA in Pastoral Counseling with an Emphasis on Marriage and Family at Houston Baptist University to expand their ministry in answer to God’s calling.