our pastors/staff



    Pastor David and Denise have served together in ministry for the last 18 years as Youth Pastors, Assistant Pastors, Church Planters, and Senior Pastors. David was born in Connecticut but raised a Cheesehead. Denise is a born and bred Wisconsinite. They met in Milwaukee when set up by dear friends & a family member, and were married in August of 1997. A year and a half later, they were blessed with their first daughter, Gavrielle. Two years later, daughter #2, Moriyah was born in Columbus, Ohio where they were serving as Assistant Pastors. And just to make it official, yes they are Buckeyes.

    Pastor David holds two Masters Degrees in theology. He loves to train, read and watch movies and football. More than anything, he loves to spend time with Jesus, his three girls and their two dogs, Maya and Captain.

    Contact Pastor David  at: dayer@newlifechurchcanton.org


    Family Pastor

    Denise has served as a short-term missionary team to El Salvador, earned a degree in Theology and holds a BA in Education. Denise was raised "in the church" and always had a desire to do something for the Lord. Denise is passionate about her faith, family, and Student/Family Ministries. 

    Contact Pastor Denise at: pastordenise@newlifechurchcanton.org

  • Lu ann Knapp

    Finance Administrator

    Born and raised on a dairy farm, Lu Ann knows how to work hard and call the cows home. She has spent the years following receiving an Associate's Degree in Legal Secretarial Science holding treasury positions in local groups and long-term jobs in the account departments of a local school district and attorneys office. Her true passions are her family and physical fitness. She leads weeknight Spinning® classes and smiles when pushing herself to the limit.

    When it is time to play, Lu Ann enjoys watching movies and playing board games with her family. If it is warm enough, she shows off her slalom ski skills at the lake.

    Lu Ann and her husband, Wade, have three wonderful children and a silly cat named Charlie. She grew up in New Life Church and looks forward to conquering the challenges of this postion.

    Contact LuAnn via email at: finance@newlifechurchcanton.org