Pastor & Staff
Pastor Bob O’Bannon
Bob O’Bannon was born in Muncie, Ind., but spent most of his childhood years in the Carmel area. After graduating from Carmel High School, he went back to Muncie to earn a journalism degree from Ball State, and then spent a couple of years working as a newspaper reporter for the late Muncie Evening Press. In 1989, Bob left the Press to take a job as director of public affairs for the Indiana Manufacturers Association in Indianapolis, where he was involved in public relations and desktop publishing. Bob is an avid music collector who picks the guitar reasonably well and loves playing basketball, mountain biking, reading books, and taking walks with his wife, Mary.
Bob and Mary met in Indianapolis while attending a prayer group at church. Bob remembers being attracted to Mary’s wisdom, maturity, and heart for the underdog. He knew almost immediately that Mary was the girl for him, although it took Mary a little longer to get with the program! In October 1994 they were married and have enjoyed a strong, loving relationship ever since.
Mary was raised in a Christian home in Richmond, Ind. Her pastor and parents spoke often about the Gospel, so as early as the age of 6, she became convicted of her sin. Soon afterward, she asked her mother how to become a Christian and decided to pray to receive Christ at that time. While growing up, Mary felt the need to know the Bible better, so she decided to attend Florida Bible College in Hollywood, Fla., where she earned a degree in biblical education with a minor in theology. Mary is gifted in encouragement, mercy, wisdom, and hospitality. She loves interior decorating, spending time with her two border collies, baking, entertaining people in her home, and taking walks with her husband.
Bob was led to Christ through the witness of a Campus Crusade staff member while still at Carmel High School. He became involved in Campus Crusade immediately and continued with the ministry through college, when he also attended Westminster PCA under the leadership of Petros Roukas. While living in Indianapolis, Bob and Mary began attending College Park Church on the northwest side, an experience that God used to stir a passion in Bob’s heart for seminary training and pastoral ministry. After much prayer and counsel, Bob and Mary left their jobs in Indianapolis to start a new life in St. Louis, where Bob began classes at Covenant Theological Seminary in January 1999. Through this experience, Bob’s desire for pastoral ministry increased, and before graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in May 2002, he found himself pastoring a small evangelical Presbyterian church in Alton, Ill., just across the river from St. Louis. In early 2004, Bob taught Bible to students from grades six through 12 at Westminster Christian Academy in the Alton area, before receiving a call to pastor New Life Presbyterian Church in Yorktown, Ind. The O’Bannons gladly moved back to central Indiana, where Bob was ordained in the PCA and started serving at New Life in September 2004.
Bob and Mary are united in their desire to show the love of Christ to the community and to preach the good news that God has broken into our existence in the man Jesus Christ in order to free individuals from their bondage to sin and to make all things new. The O’Bannons consider it an honor and privilege to minister in the name of such a wonderful Savior.
Pastor Brian Allred
Brian was born in Huntington, Indiana and was the seventh of eight children. His parents divorced when he was 5 and moved to Roanoke, Indiana where he spent the remainder of his childhood through high school. He later moved to Angola, Indiana before moving to Muncie to attend Ball State University in 1991.
He spent his early years growing up in the church but strayed during high school and college. While in college, he met his wife, Stacey, and it was then that he repented of his sinful lifestyle and yielded his life to the Lord. After Brian graduated from Ball State with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree, he served on the faculty of the Department of Physiology and Health Science from 1995-2004.
Brian and Stacey were married in the summer of 1995 and soon became involved at Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Muncie. This is where they were first exposed to the Reformed faith and where Brian eventually served as a full-time coordinator of college and young adult ministry until he left for seminary in 2004.
Brian attended Mid-America Reformed Seminary in Dyer, Indiana, and graduated in 2007. After graduation, he served as a church planter at Trinity PCA in DeMotte, Indiana and as adjunct faculty at Mid-America teaching New Testament Greek.
Brian was called to New Life in September 2009 to serve as an associate pastor, the position he currently holds. In addition to his responsibilities at New Life, Brian teaches classes as an instructor for LAMP Seminary and offers these courses to those in the community through a ministry he has started called
the Center for Advanced Biblical Studies.
Brian and Stacey live in Yorktown with their two children, Aaron and Miriam.
Josh Holowell, Church Planting Apprentice, Ruling Elder
Josh and his wife Whitney have been married since 2008 and have three children (Tyko, Finnigan, and Amelia). They both graduated from Ball State University in 2009 with degrees in Architecture. Josh joined the staff of New Life full-time in June 2014 as a Church Planting Apprentice, with the intention of starting a new congregation in downtown Muncie. He loves being with his family, friends, playing board games, watching and playing all sports, reading, Apple products and bright colored shoes.
Sareena Mao, Music Director
Sareena was born in Chicago, IL and moved to Muncie in 2012 to attend Ball State University. She is a recent graduate with degree in telecommunications and a concentration in digital audio production. Sareena began attending New Life at the start of her senior year and is excited to be able to stick around and serve as the music director. She is also in the process of joining staff with Cru’s Performing Artists Team in Indy.
Jami Carter, Office Manager
Jami has been attending New Life since the church started in 1992, when she was just a year old. She is a recent graduate from Ball State University with a major in Elementary Education and a concentration in English as a Second Language. Jami is excited to be working in the office and to be serving as a youth intern for the New Life youth group. She loves hanging out with friends and family, playing board games, being outside, and singing at the top of her lungs.
Frank and his wife Anna have been married since 1980 and have three grown children (Frank, Brian and Bethany) and three grandchildren (Hannah, Emma, and Franklin). They have been attending New Life since moving to Indiana from Florida in 2011. Frank has been involved with the Christianity Explored outreach initiative and had led the course as a Sunday School class. Both he and Anna serve as co-host for one of New Life’s Marriage Enrichment groups, and are members of the Welcome Team. Frank has served as administrator for both profit and non-profit organizations and is the Executive Director of the historic Muncie Mission. He enjoys camping with his family, listening to music and spending time with friends.
Larry Belcher was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in a military family. He has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Math and Economics from Hanover College, a Master’s degree in Economics from Auburn University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Indiana University. In 1982, Larry and his wife Susan were married. They have two children: Cameron, who graduated from Yorktown High School and works for Teal Automotive, and Landon, who is a senior at Yorktown High School. Larry and Susan came to New Life in 2011 after 20 years at Immanuel PCA church in DeLand, Florida where Larry served as a Ruling Elder for about 15 years. Larry is currently the Arthur L. Hodson Chair in Business at Taylor University in Upland and a Professor of Finance and Accounting. He has been a college professor and administrator since 1982 and loves to teach. In his spare time, he restores old cars and houses and is a recreational runner.
Felix Aguilar was born in Argentina; his family emigrated to the U.S. when he was 9 and he became a U.S. citizen in 1967. He met his wife Christa in Baltimore and they have been married for 48 years! They have a son and a daughter and four grandchildren. Felix served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971 and he later earned his PhD in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech. He worked in the power industry for many years before taking early retirement in 1999 to join the Computer Science & Engineering Faculty at Taylor University. He is now professor emeritus, having retired in 2014. The Lord brought Felix into His family as a thirty-something through a series of miracles and the friendship evangelism of a colleague in the power industry. He and Christa grew in the Lord through many rich ecumenical experiences with evangelicals across the US. Since small groups were key to their growth, they are committed to life groups here at New Life. Because of the way the Lord saved them, he and Christa are also committed to personal evangelism. They have been privileged to have participated in Evangelism Explosion and to have led mission teams to Paraguay and India.
Adam grew up in Kokomo, IN. After graduating from Taylor University in 2010, Adam married his wife Stacy, and shortly thereafter, started attending New Life. Adam is Director of Loan Programs at the Flagship Enterprise Center in Anderson, where he enjoys helping small business owners grow their business. Adam is also an entrepreneur at heart, he co-founded ProjectionHub with his brother in 2012, and can’t help but try to solve problems by developing new software solutions. He is a Christ-follower, husband, father, Chicago Bears fan, and a wannabe organic farmer.
Bob and his wife, Stephanie, have been members of New Life since 2008. Bob is a Team Leader at a local software company called AccuTech Systems Corporation and is the head coach for the boy’s tennis team at Yorktown High School. He and Stephanie have three wonderful kids – Ethan, Jillian, and Jackson. Bob and Stephanie are avid tennis players, both playing on high school and university varsity teams. Bob also enjoys reading, drawing, watching movies, and listening to music.
Jim and his wife, Erin, have attended New Life since 2009. Jim is an attorney for the Department of Child Services in Delaware County. He has three children – Laura, David and Kate. Jim also serves as the church’s assistant treasurer. Jim enjoys music, golf, cooking and traveling.
Todd has been attending New Life since May 2011. He works in IT for Convergent USA in the Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management division. Todd leads a Life Group and participates on the prayer committee at New Life. He loves listening to most styles of music, his favorite is Celtic Folk music. He also enjoys watching sports (golf is not a sport), reading Sci Fi/Fantasy, and spending time with friends. Two little known facts about Todd: he used to have a long pony tail (hard to believe now) and he has a comic book collection of about 10,000 books.