Chris Hoch

Lead Pastor

Chris and his wife Kimberly joined us August 2015. Previously, Chris led the student ministry at ThePoint.church in San Jose for four years and New Life Church in Salinas for three years. Prior to that, he served in the Midwest for several years.

Chris graduated with a degree in both Bible/Theology and Pastoral Ministry. 

His role at New Life consists of casting vision & direction for the whole church while also providing leadership to the English congregation.


Heidi Baeza-Rivas

Creative Arts Pastor

Joining us in 2017, Heidi works to create welcoming & engaging experiences for our guests through creative arts. She works primarily with our English Congregation.

Heidi graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a degree in Philosophy & Theology. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, she led various music teams & campus ministries.

Yokie Koh

Office Manager

Yokie joined New Life in 1998, and started to serve as our Office Manager in 2004. Much of her work is behind the scenes, but it allows us to have more time for our community.

She graduated from Iowa State University majoring in Computer Science.

Leadership Board

The facility, finances, ministry, and operations of New Life Church are all overseen by an annually elected church board made up of members from all of our congregations. The church board meets monthly, with occasional extra meetings as needed. Church board meetings are generally open to anyone, unless a closed session is necessary for dealing with personnel issues or other sensitive topics. The board is chaired by the Lead Pastor of the church.

District Network

New Life Church is part of the Northern California District, or network, of other Nazarene churches in our area. Each year we elect delegates to represent our church at the Northern California District Assembly. These meetings are held in May to coordinate and oversee the business of about 70 Nazarene churches in Northern California.