Leadership Team

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Chriss & Kristi Sopke Sr.

Lead Pastor

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Chriss has been the Lead Pastor of New Life since moving from his hometown of Indianapolis in 2015. He is a graduate of Central Bible College, now part of Evangel Univerity (Springfield, MO) and the University of Valley Forge (Phoenixville, PA). His wife, Kristi is a graduate of Oral Roberts University (Tulsa, OK). Chriss and Kristi are high school sweethearts and met in the church choir. They were married in 1999 and have two children, Ana and Christopher Jr. Chriss was ordained with the Assemblies of God in 2002, and together, he and Kristi have served in full-time ministry since 2000.

Chriss and Kristi love to spend time with their family and friends around a campfire and enjoy prayer retreats, traveling, exploring the Mission Mountains, and seeing people become all God has for them.

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Jay & Kari Gallatin

Executive / Equip Pastor

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Jay was born in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts but grew up in Minnesota and Washington. His family moved to Montana in the late 90’s and ended up putting their roots down in Polson, Montana where they have been ever since.

Jay has a strong background in church leadership and for many years has served the local church in a variety of roles. Now he assists in day to day operations and provides leadership to the staff and ministries of New Life.

When not doing “church” stuff, Jay loves to spend time with his best friend and wife, Kari. Together they have raised five great kids and love being grandparents. Jay loves to follow all his children but especially watch his boys play college football. He is an avid reader of personal growth and is always looking to raise the lid of leadership.

Jay and Kari love to live life, family, church, community, and career, with Jesus at the center of it all. He has a burning desire to help others and to see them become all they can be in Christ. We LOVE our church and are excited to be on this amazing ride!

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Jason & Tambi Burrough

Restore / Student Ministries Pastor

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Jason is a Texas native with a deep passion for the community, students, and the local church. Since attending Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida in 2001, Jason has youth pastored at various churches from Florida to Texas. He joined the New Life team in August 2016.

Jason met his wife Tambi in Eagle Lake, Florida while serving as Youth Pastor at the local church. Tambi, a Central Florida native, and Jason were married on February 9th, 2002. Tambi shares Jason’s passion for the community and students. Together, Jason and Tambi make a dynamic team in reaching out to the community and creating a mission minded culture within the New Life Students. As a couple, they have five wonderful children: three girls, Kamdyn and twin daughters, River and Reign and two boys, Mason, and Lincoln.

Jason is an avid sports fan; especially the Georgia Bulldogs and Houston Rockets. He also enjoys cheering on the Polson Pirates and Ronan Chiefs.

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Stephen & Tammy Doll

Children's Pastors

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Stephen and Tammy are the Children’s Pastors at New Life. They were married in 1997 and are blessed with three amazing children. Stephen is an Electrical Design Engineer by trade and Tammy homeschools their three kids and has a crochet business.  They love to spend time as a family, go camping, traveling, spend time with friends, play games, hunting and spend time outdoors.

They both have worked in the kid's ministry of New Life for the past thirteen years and are currently working on their pastoral studies through Global University.

Stephen and Tammy are excited to see the work that God is doing in kids all across the Valley and look forward to furthering their relationship with Him through discipleship in Breakout Kids. 

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Christian Bumgarner

Worship Leader

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Christian Bumgarner has been involved with leading worship at New Life Church since 1989. He was hired as part-time Worship Leader in 2001 and currently leads four rotating worship teams. Christian served on the NLC board for one term and has led life groups for many years along with Viktra, his wife of 35 years. Christian is currently the administrator at the Mission Valley Christian Academy.

Christian's greatest joy is worshiping with his wife Viktra and their four married daughters, Bekah, Tina, Ruth, and Franny. He treasures his nine grandsons and five granddaughters, enjoys golfing, the Griz, Seahawks, and Spurs, traveling and reading.

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Pam Kinzle

Office Manager

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Pam and her husband Rob have been married for over 25 years and have three wonderful children. They have been active members of the church since 2004 when they relocated to the area. Her family loves living in the Mission Valley and feel very blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the country.

Pam has been on staff at New Life as the Office Manager since 2012. She loves Jesus and people with simplicity and a genuine heart.  

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Chanel Lake

Financial Manager

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Chanel has worked at New Life Church since 2012 as our Bookkeeper/Treasurer. She was raised in Polson, Montana in a Christian home with a family that loves the Lord. She met the love of her life Tim and they were married in March of 2000. They have four children, Trevor, Christopher, Madison, and Ryan.

Chanel loves watching football together with her family, attending her kids sporting events and time with family and friends. She loves our church and loves to see the miraculous things that God is doing through it.

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Kris Klein

Facilities Manager

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Kris Klein is our faithful Facilities Manager.  He keeps New Life Church beautiful inside and out, and we are grateful for his loyal service.  Kris has attended New Life Church for most of his life.  He is married to Debbie, the father of three daughters and one son and the Grandpa of eight.  His Favorite verse is John 1:1 and his loves are God, family, and country!