Our staff loves to create environments where people encouraged, equipped and excited to see how God is changing lives—which happens on a daily basis around here.


Drew was born and raised in Sacramento, California and grew up playing all kinds of sports.  He graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with undergraduate degrees in Marketing & History, received his MBA from the University of San Francisco, and completed his ministry education at Western Theological Seminary.  He and his beautiful wife, Kathy, before coming to New Beginnings, lived in Bend, Oregon for 20 years.  They have three wonderful daughters (Amanda, Jenny & Emily), two fantastic son-in-laws (Pierremarried to Jenny, Kyle—married to Emily), and three all-star grandkids (Joel, Valerie & Mia).  Drew spent 20+ years as a corporate executive for AT&T and DST Systems.  God then yanked Drew out of business and into ministry—and he's never looked back. 

Besides his pastor role at NBC, Drew speaks at churches and conferences around the world.  He loves family outings, traveling and sports—including football, basketball, golf, tennis, biking, skiing, kayaking and hiking.


JESSICA CRAWFORD, worship arts pastor

Jessica is a sunshine seeker, hot tea drinker, music maker and Bridgewater, Virginia native. She loved growing up in the valley and received an undergraduate degree in interpersonal communication from James Madison University. For the past decade, she has been on a God adventure in ministry and music that included attending Eastern Mennonite seminary, serving for five years in Nashville as an inner-city missionary, and working and performing as a singer/songwriter.  Jessica was the Worship Arts Director for Fountain Life Center in New Jersey before she returned to the valley and New Beginnings Church.  When she is not planning or leading the Worship Arts teams at NBC, you can find her writing and recording music, laughing with good friends, loving her family, or dreaming up places to travel. 


jason bourne, discipleship pastor

Jason is passionate about helping people find their born identity in Christ.  He's a little intense, but he's kind and compassionate at heart. Contact him at your convenience for a personal training session.


tiffany knupp, middle school leader & staff glue stick

Since 2015 Tiffany and her husband Carroll have headed up a team of volunteers that build into the lives of middle school students (God bless them!).  Tiffany also manages the church’s administrative tasks.  In addition to being a wife, she is the mother of two wonderful children, Abby and Tim.  Prior to coming on staff at NBC, Tiffany worked in civil engineering, bookkeeping, and database management.  But it was the year she spent in overseas missions that changed her life.  God called her to youth ministry!  Who knew it would take over 20 years for that calling to be realized! 

Tiffany says, “My passion is to see young people fall in love with God and His Word.” She credits the pattern set by her own parents for her love of the Bible.  “Mom taught kindergarten in a Christian school and would get up at four in the morning to have her devotions.  Dad was a career US Navy Chief who also served as a pastor, elder, and Bible teacher.”  Tiffany loves to travel, camp, hike (slower than a snail in molasses), and play guitar and golf.  But most of all, she loves to capture the beauty and wonder of God’s creation through her photography.  And you can see her photo’s all over this website!


jennifer fernandez, g & o railroad engineer (1st - 5th grade)

Jenny was born in Walnut Creek, California and was raised in Northern California and Oregon.  She first made her way out to the east coast in college at the University of Maine.  She transferred to Liberty University when it was clear that she had a passion for children's ministry.  While she received her degree in Business Project Management, the "projects" she loved the most were creating fun and engaging environments for kids to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.  She has served as Children's Director at Compass Church in Oregon and as Event Planner for a national Christian Conference organization.  A few years ago Jenny accepted a dream job at Disney World to gain further experience creating "wow factors" for kids.  She is now excited to put that experience to work at NBC.  Jenny recently married the love of her life, Pierre, and they love to travel and find new and exciting places and things to do!


cynthia shank, g & o railroad engineer (early childhood)


charlie witman, executive pastor

Charlie was born and raised in Bally, PA.  He enjoyed life in a small town.  After high school, Charlie worked several years as a machinist, later going into management.  He married his sweetheart Deb.  They have two beautiful daughters (Kara and Allie), two great son-in-laws (John & Marc), and five fantastic grandchildren (Albon, Lillie, Phoebe, Hope & Paul).  Twenty-four years ago, Charlie, Deb and their two daughters moved to Harrisonburg, VA.  This was a leap of faith moving away from family into an entirely new area.  The Lord has been faithful!  Charlie works for Select Aerospace Industries as a COO.  He enjoys traveling and spending time with family.  Growing up near the Philly area, Charlie is a huge Philadelphia Sports Fan.



Laura was raised in a loving Christian home in Western New York and was introduced to Jesus at a very young age.  Her parents hosted a Bible Club in their basement.  As a teenager, Laura was surrounded by fantastic Christian youth leaders and friends who helped keep her on the straight & narrow… during good and shaky times.  She met her beloved husband, Bob, when she was 19 years old and they married 2 years later.  A family soon followed… with three wonderful kids (Brian, Amanda and Sam).   Laura was very active in the children’s ministry of her church when her kids were young, and was mentored by some marvelous, mature Christian women.  She decided then that she wanted mentor young moms in the future.  Bob & Laura have lived in the Shenandoah Valley for 32 years and love it!  Her kids have all chosen amazing spouses and have blessed them with nine adorable grandchildren!  Laura treasures the time she spends with her family & her New Beginnings Church family!  You may see her around with her "amazing grays" --- Godly women who build into each others lives and the lives of the young women at NBC.


ben & karen bast, high school leaders

Ben grew up in Woodville, NY (no where near the city) and Karen grew up in Powhatan, VA (not exactly a city girl herself). They met at EMU and were married in 1995.  They have 4 kids --- Jacob, Ashley, Rachel and Violet.  They own a general contracting company and Karen is a nurse at a local hospital.  When they're not working, you can find them drinking coffee and eating chocolate covered coffee beans while driving their kids around to various activities at church, Bible studies and youth group events.