Equipping Students to Live Like Jesus + Love Like Jesus

WEDNESDAYS | 6:00-8:00PM

Middle School & High School Students gather every Wednesday for one service where we play games, eat, worship, hear the word and discuss real issues in small groups.

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NLY exists to see students from all walks of life come into a life-changing relationship with God. We are a family where students feel seen, heard, known, and loved. We create a culture for students to see that they are most fully themselves when they have a relationship with God. In a relationship, God shows them that He loves them no matter what they have done, are currently doing, or will do. As a result, they understand the truth of God’s word and change their schools/families/friends. We accomplish this through solid leadership, engaging programs, catalytic teaching of God’s Word, deep friendships, and dynamic outreach activities. We are devoted to the building process of our students & will encourage, love, and support them through their growth in learning to Live like Jesus and Love like Jesus. The result is a student who takes risks, becomes an influencer, and becomes a vital part of NLCC by serving the local church.




Derek grew up in South Texas and moved to Abilene, Texas, in 2011 to attend Hardin-Simmons University. There he met his wife, Whitney, and they married in  2014. The Pawelek’s moved to Redding, California, in 2016 for Derek to attend Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. In May 2018, Derek was brought onto the staff at New Life Covenant Church as a full-time Youth Pastor. In August 2018, the couple welcomed their son, Ansel. In 2020 their son Avett was born and in 2022 daughter Elsie joined the family. Derek was ordained as a New Life Covenant Pastor in the summer of 2019.




Brooke spent many years working as a sign language interpreter for the local school district. She attended Bible college and an interpreter training program to have the ability to be bi-vocational if needed. Over the past 10 years she has worked in both ministry and interpreting; and, while she enjoys both, she has always felt called to ministry. Brooke is a third generation PK whose sister also works as a worship pastor so you could say it runs in the family. When she has time, Brooke loves to play volleyball, softball, pickleball and table tennis. She is also a huge board game nerd and has over 80 board games.”