Here are the people that make Newsong Church such a beautiful and unique place among churches.  We won't go into much detail about what coffee drinks we like or what's on our playlists, even though we do love music and serve the best coffee in the county! Just know that every person is wonderfully creative, gifted, experienced, trained and called to serve the Newsong Family with passion and excellence.

  • JEFFREY WATSON, Lead Pastor

    Pastor Jeff is a true pastor.  He loves caring for the people at Newsong, instilling in them a love for God's presence, God's word, and God's conversation which is prayer. His vision is to see people fully transformed, increasingly walking in their God-given purposes - that they might go and change the world. Pastor Jeff has served churches in many leadership roles: music, college, prayer, men's, and outreach ministries. His spiritual roots are in the Calvary Chapel and the Vineyard Churches of America fellowships, and currently he is a part of Global Legacy.  He is a graduate of Vanguard University holding BA degrees in Ministry and also in Music. He has hosted leadership and worship conferences/workshops in the USA, Europe and Asia. Pastor Jeff is married to Julie.  They have a daughter Michaela and a son-in-law, Caleb Hindes, and a grandson, Declan.  

  • DAVID BROWN, Associate Pastor

    Pastor David loves equipping and coaching people to be all they were created to be. He has 13 years of full-time ministry experience in Associate Pastor and Youth Pastor roles in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. David has grown and multiplied many leadership teams and ministries, led mission teams to Nicaragua and Belize, and directed numerous youth camps and retreats. He has been an ordained minister since 2004 and is close to finishing his B.S. in Religion at Liberty University. David adores his wife Tracy and cherishes spending time with his daughters Sarah Beth (9) and Laura Kate (8). 

  • MICKEY HOWARD, Newsong Kids Pastor

    Mickey is a graduate of Anderson College and has a BA in Christian Studies.  She finishes her Masters of Divinity in May 2018.

    She has great experience overseeing kid's ministries.  Mickey has the unique ability to connect kids to the simple truth of the Gospel, and walks with families alongside in, not just pointed toward, a transforming relationship with Jesus !  Mickey lives in Cornelius with her husband, Landon, and loyal dog, Louis!

  • TRACY BROWN, Newsong Kids Assistant

    Tracy is a graduate of Radford University with a BS degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a MS degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  She has worked as a speech-language pathologist in various settings including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and schools while also serving alongside her husband David in ministry. Tracy has the gift of administration and assists with kids ministry logistics. Kids gravitate towards Tracy and her genuine compassion.  Tracy and David live in Huntersville with their two daughters Sarah Beth (9) and Laura Kate (8). 

  • MIKALA HOOPER, Worship Pastor

    Mikala's giftedness as a musician combined with her deep love for Jesus become a vehicle for Newsong worshippers to enter into an encounter with God. Her energy and passion are simply infectious! Mikala is a Creative Arts Instructor at Lake Norman Christian School and on the leadership team of the Collected Women's events. She studied Music Education at Vanguard University and continued her training as a worship leader at DIVE Creative and Bethel School of Worship. As the founder of The Creative Space, a place for kids to freely connect with their creativity, Mikala is able to exercise her passion for evoking every soul's creative nature.

  • NIKKI HITCHCOCK, Communications

    & Graphics

    Nikki graduated from the Art Institute with a BA in Graphic Design and she and her husband, Chad, moved from California to North Carolina shortly after. She owns her own graphic design company working mostly with Christian Ministries over the last couple of years. She loves that, at Newsong, she is able to pair her love of design with her love for the Father and use her gifts to serve Him and minister to her community. Her passion is to present information in an attractive way that draws in the audience without distracting away from the message. In her spare time, Nikki loves to read, lift weights, cook and spend time with her husband and two children, Reveille and Capri. 

  • TERESA RICE, Finance Ministry

    Teresa Rice came to Newsong in 2011 where she specifically heard God answer every desire she was looking for in a church body  ( Jeff  had ministered out of Isaiah 58). She fell in love with the culture of honor she experienced and the rest is history…. His  - Story.  She has served in many areas from prayer team, to hospitality, to finance and has served as finance admin since 2012   (aka the bookkeeper).  Teresa loves hiking to waterfalls and communing with God in the great outdoors.  She has attended Bethel Global Legacy leadership training and constantly studies for spiritual development.