The mission of New Life Oneonta comes from the Greatest Commandment, and the same mission Jesus gave his followers: Love God, Love People, and teach people how to follow Jesus!


The vision of New Life Oneonta is create a community of authentic believers and to witness a city transformed by the life changing reality of the gospel, as people come to know Jesus as their lord and savior.


1. We are a connectional church. We are strengthened most by our relationships based on truthfulness and grace.
2. We believe our mission drives everything we do.
3. We proclaim a grace that is free.  Jesus said the crowning work of authentic ministry is this:  when the poor have the Gospel brought to them.  Hence, the destitute and disenfranchised of the world deserve our particular care.
4. We strive to make the message of the Gospel relevant to our culture by remaining faithful to GOD while showing love and sensitivity to the world.
5. We accept all who come to us, seeing the most desperate sinner with the potential to become a whole and devoted follower of Jesus Christ.
6. We see smaller groups within the larger body of Christ as the best environment for birth, mentoring, encouragement, and care of believers.
7. We view our local church as a mission outpost.  Our pastors are appointed not just to a local congregation and building, but to the evangelization of whole communities, towns and cities.
8. We see ourselves as an apostolic movement.  We are a “sent” people, charged with the task reaching new territories and new populations of people with the Gospel.
9. We are Wesleyan in our doctrine and in our practice.
10. We teach God’s Word (the Bible) as our rule for life and practice.
11. We are to be a holy people.  Our conduct and our teaching are to reflect the holiness and love of God.  We seek nothing less than the healing of mind, body and soul of all who come under our care.

the team


Joel Shue

Lead Pastor

Jenna Lutz

Connections Pastor
Conference Ministerial Candidate

Adrian Race

Youth Pastor
Conference Ministerial Candidate

Dawn Schuman

Outreach Pastor
Conference Ministerial Candidate

Tara Race

Ministry Operations Manager

Jon Ellis

Guest Service Leader

Natalie Gillette

Kids Ministry Coordinator

Haywood Edwards

Local Ministerial Candidate

Andra Shue

Worship & Production Coordinator

Joel DeGarmo

Production & Technical Director