The WORD gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. - John 1:4


Who We Are



We are not perfect, and don’t claim to be.  Although we are growing in holiness, we still have a long way to go. We instead boast in the perfections of Jesus rather than our own "good behavior". We admit our flaws and point to the grace of Jesus as the reason for our salvation. He is the HERO of our lives.


We have no desire to make a name for ourselves, we aren’t striving to be “different” and we definitely aren’t trying to be “famous.” Instead we prefer to fade into the background and make His NAME known and to make HIM famous.


We don’t have it all figured out.  We aren’t afraid to ask questions. We allow the answer to sometimes be “I dont know.” Rather than prop ourselves up as “experts” who have all of life’s mysteries figured out, we prefer the posture of a child; always curious, always asking, always seeking.


Our Commitments


WE are committed to Making Disciples

Jesus instructed us to “make disciples of all nations” and we take that call seriously. We train, equip, and empower our members to passionately fulfill this calling.  We believe “Discipleship” is key to revival and the Gospel advancing.

WE Are committed to being a family

We commit to intimately knowing each other and establishing relationships with one another that go beyond the surface.  New Life is not a place where you can “slip in and slip out” unnoticed. It is not a place for you to “consume”, but rather a family where you contribute. The Bible says we are “brothers and sisters in Christ” and it is our desire to step into that reality, carry each other’s burdens and establish deep bonds with each other.

WE are committed to serving tustin

We believe we have been divinely commissioned to love Tustin and therefore we want to do everything in power to serve, empower, and bless the city. We want to follow the example of Jesus by ministering to the spiritual needs of our community, but also meeting the physical needs of our neighbors as well.


Our Story


If you have ever felt that your “past” is complex and filled with unexpected turns, you are not alone... New Life’s journey has been anything but predictable.


Our Leaders


Lead Pastor

Matt Hemphill

Matt is the Lead Pastor at New Life. His career involved a full-time sales job, but he slowly began to realize that God may have a different calling on his life. The call to pastor continued to grow until it got to the point of being undeniable. He quit his mortgage job, took the leap of faith and now is passionately serving New Life full time. Matt and his wife Erin, have been married for six years and live in Tustin. They love to ride bikes, host game nights, and are always down for an adventure. They both have a burning passion to tell people about the Gospel of Jesus. 


Worship Pastor

Steven Anderson

Steven was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Southern California in 2011. He enjoys playing any and all sports every chance he gets, and is always up for fun adventures. He has a huge heart for worship, and loves seeing people come alive in their response to the Lord through music. He also loves bear hugs, a good game night, and is known to belt out “Sunday Morning” on cue when given the chance.


Operations Manager

Brian McElfresh

Brian McElfresh was born and raised in Southern California. After marrying his high school sweetheart they moved to Austin, TX where they started their family. After 6 years in Texas the call of the California Coast was too much and they returned to Orange County. He is passionate about his family and spending time playing board games with his 3 children. Helping facilitate an environment in church that allows people to have an amazing encounter with God is his driving factoring in serving New Life Church. 


Children’s Pastor

Bethany Anderson

As a mother and teacher, Bethany is passionate about empowering children to see themselves as leaders. She believes children have the ability to not only know the Lord, but make an impact on the world around them. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, and visiting with her family.