Our staff loves to create exciting, inspiring environments where the word of God is taught and the ways of God are practiced.


Drew was born and raised in Sacramento, CA and grew up playing all kinds of sports.  He graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with undergraduate degrees in Marketing & History (and baseball), received his MBA from the University of San Francisco, and completed his ministry education at Western Theological Seminary.  Drew spent 20+ years as a corporate executive at AT&T and DST Systems.  God then yanked him out of business and into ministry and it's been a wild & crazy ride (it always is with God).  After pastoring two vibrant churches, one in Granite Bay, CA and another in Bend, OR, Drew came to NBC and has watched God do amazing things.  He and his wife, Kathy, have been married for over 40 years and have three wonderful daughters (Amanda, Jenny & Emily), two fantastic son-in-laws (Pierre & Kyle), and four all-star grandkids (Joel, Valerie, Mia & Joy).

Besides his leadership role at NBC, Drew founded BLAST (Building Leaders And Strengthening Teams), which guides pastors and church leaders around the world toward healthier and more effective ministries.  Drew loves family outings, traveling, hiking, biking, and sports of all kinds.


scott schneiderman, ministry development pastor

Scott loves seeing people grow in their relationship with God and each other.  He was born in Georgia and, after school, joined the Marines—traveling all over the world.  God recently led him into ministry and he's excited to work with the volunteers at New Beginnings.  He loves staying fit, creating art, playing sports, and spending time with his family.  Scott and his wife, Laura, have two children: Bella & Zion.  Scott has a bachelor's degree in Intelligence Studies from American Military University, a Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics and a Master of Divinity from Liberty University, and is currently getting his doctorate from Liberty.  He founded REQUIP Ministries to serve the larger body of Christ.


jason bourne, discipleship pastor

We don't know much about Jason's background, but we do know that he's passionate about helping people find their born identity in Christ.  Sure, he's a little intense, but his skills are needed to cut through the noise and discover the truth.

nick stewart, youth pastor

Nick was born and raised in Harrisonburg, and met his beautiful wife, Ikea, in high school.  They have three wonderful kids all under the age of 14: Cordell, Noah and Kinsley.  After high school, Nick worked in the construction industry and led a fitness-based ministry reaching out to college age students.  He came to New Beginnings a few years ago and realized right away the special place it is.  He loves the family atmosphere and the deep-rooted Biblical teaching.   God has clearly given Nick a passion and a giftedness for working with youth and kids.  His playful, joyful heart and his eagerness to have honest discussions about the things that really matter in life connect well with the next generation.  

His mission is to ignite a fire for God in high school students, and help them understand what it means to pursue Jesus for themselves and not just because their parents do.  He wants to help kids who are struggling with different obstacles and family situations.  His fun-factor is off the charts, and his expectations of the students is just as high.  He sees a youth group with dedicated student leaders, where every student feels loved and valued, and everyone participates in the discussions and the learning and the fun. 


Dylan Dilly, G & O RAILROAD Pastor

If you are looking for someone with energy and enthusiasm, Dylan is your guy!  He grew up in Elkins, WV, then went to a two-year ministry school in Tulsa, Oklahoma called Victory College.  Dylan radiates passion for the next generation.  His desire is to create vibrant and fun experiences where kids can learn more about God and come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior.  His past experiences include stints in the public school system and serving as Children's Pastor for a large West Virginia church.  In his spare time, he likes to hang out with friends, play card/board games, and enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities.  Dylan loves the heartbeat of New Beginnings and couldn't be more excited about joining our team!


charis LAM, g & o railroad (track45)

Charis was born and raised in the valley with her four sisters.  After high school, she wanted to leave the area and move somewhere more exciting, but she never made it too far :)  While she was on break from x-ray school, she met her husband, Elliott, right here at NBC.  So much for 'the grass is greener on the other side' approach.  The real excitement is here in the Shenandoah Valley!  Charis leads our 4th & 5th grade ministry called TRACK45 and has some great volunteers... including Elliott.  She has always had a passion to teach and disciple kids.  They inspire her with their energy and enthusiasm for Christ. This ministry is booming and we're excited to have Charis at the helm. 



Stephanie is a valley girl—a Shenandoah Valley girl that is!  She grew up and has lived her whole life in the Churchville area.  She was raised on a family farm where hard work, family fun and church activities kept her busy from a young age.  She met her husband, Brad, in high school.  They married soon after and have raised an active son and daughter, Cole & Brinley, who both love farm life.  Stephanie is a full-time kindergarten teacher at a local public school where she shows students the love of Jesus in many different ways.  When she isn’t teaching or co-leading a wonderful children’s ministry at NBC, she loves to cook, bake, read, kayak, and spend lots of time with friends and family.


adam knicely, operations director

Adam was born and raised in Rockingham County.  After graduating from Turner Ashby High School, his God-given baseball ability led him to VCU on a scholarship.  After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education, he began a 30-year career in public school education. His pursuit of being a positive role model for students allowed him to move from teacher to Athletic Director, to Assistant Principal.  During his teaching and administrative career, he earned a master’s degree from JMU and a doctorate from Northcentral University.  After retiring, Adam has been working for a local business and managing several aspects of the day-to-day operations.  In Adam’s spare time, you can catch him announcing various athletic events at James Madison University and Turner Ashby High School.  Adam and his wife Lori are excited to be serving alongside the people at New Beginnings Church.  They wholeheartedly believe Jeremiah 29:11: “'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'” and Psalm 32:8: ”I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”

LAURA CARR, WOMEN'S ministry director

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.


cheryl landis, financial director

Cheryl is native to the Shenandoah Valley having grown up in Staunton and then moving to Harrisonburg to attend JMU.  After graduating with a BBA in 1993 she stayed in the area.  She and a girlfriend spent years faithfully praying for their future husbands and then Cheryl met Matt at church and they got married in 2005 (a real God story).  They have two sports-loving children, Kaitlyn who is 15 and Josh who is 13.  Cheryl loves to help people and mostly does that through administrative giftings the Lord has given her.  Cheryl enjoys listening to the roll of the ocean’s waves with the sun warming the sand, the cool brisk air on a walk in the fall, watching the snow fall with the blinds wide open and the fire warming the house, cheering on her kids as they play basketball and baseball, sitting in her recliner with a good book, and listening for that still small voice of the Lord.


laura schneiderman, special events director

Laura is all about hospitality and it fills her heart to see people feel welcomed and loved. Originally from Georgia, Laura moved to the Valley with her husband Scott (Ministry Development Pastor) and their children: Bella & Zion. She enjoys building furniture, renovating her home, raising chickens, camping,  and spending time with her family.  Laura is a wealth of wisdom from ministering to a wide range of people while her husband was in the Marine Corps.


ashley carr, middle school director


kIEra heatwole, interim worship leader


ned adamson, service coordinator