our Team

The Newsong staff is composed of passionate servants that go the extra mile to help every member fulfill their purpose and destiny in Christ. Our leadership structure and Senior Leader Board is detailed below our staff bios.

  • JEFFREY WATSON, Lead Pastor

    Pastor Jeff is a true pastor.  He loves caring for the people at Newsong, instilling in them a love for God's presence, God's word, and God's conversation which is prayer. His vision is to see people fully transformed, increasingly walking in their God-given purposes - that they might go and change the world. Pastor Jeff has served churches in many leadership roles: music, college, prayer, men's, and outreach ministries. His spiritual roots are in the Calvary Chapel and the Vineyard Churches of America fellowships, and currently he is a part of Global Legacy.  He is a graduate of Vanguard University holding BA degrees in Ministry and also in Music. He has hosted leadership and worship conferences/workshops in the USA, Europe and Asia. Pastor Jeff is married to Julie.  They have a daughter Michaela and a son-in-law, Caleb Hindes, a grandson, Declan, and a granddaughter, Ivy.  

  • DAVID BROWN, Family Pastor

    Pastor David loves equipping and coaching people to be all they were created to be. He has 17 years of full-time ministry experience in Associate Pastor or Student Pastor roles in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. David has grown and multiplied many leadership teams and ministries, led mission teams to Nicaragua and Belize, and directed numerous youth camps and retreats. He has been an ordained minister since 2004. David adores his wife Tracy and cherishes spending time with his daughters Sarah Beth (13) and Laura Kate (11). 

  • MIKALA HOOPER, Worship Pastor

    Mikala's giftedness as a musician combined with her deep love for Jesus become a vehicle for Newsong worshippers to enter into an encounter with God. Her energy and passion are simply infectious! Mikala is a Creative Arts Instructor at Lake Norman Christian School and on the leadership team of the Collected Women's events. She studied Music Education at Vanguard University and continued her training as a worship leader at DIVE Creative and Bethel School of Worship. As the founder of The Creative Space, a place for kids to freely connect with their creativity, Mikala is able to exercise her passion for evoking every soul's creative nature.

  • NICOLE MARTINEZ, Kids' Pastor

    Nicole has a deep desire to see Children’s Ministry implemented in a way that keeps God’s Word and Jesus Christ at the center and seeks real heart change in a child’s life that goes beyond just “head knowledge.” She has a passion to see kids come alive and flourish in their God given identities.

    She holds a B.S. degree in Psychology and Christian Counseling from Southeastern University. She also holds a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling from Webster University. She has 9 years of experience in education. Three of those years spent as an Exceptional Children's teacher and 6 years as a School Counselor in both Elementary and Middle school. 

    Nicole enjoys baking and going on adventures with her husband Paul and 4 wonderfully energetic children Jonas, Audrey, Julian and Ava.

  • BRANDI BLACKBURN, Finance Administrator

    Brandi has a deep love of God and a passion for Newsong Church.  After spending the past 20 years working in the banking industry she has taken on the role of Finance Administrator at Newsong.  Throughout her career she has worked in Senior Management for one of the largest banks in the country and has extensive experience with Bank Security and Compliance Regulations.  She loves being able to use her skills and talents to contribute to the furthering of the Kingdom of God.  She is able to leverage her years of financial experience to help support the values and mission of the church.  Her greatest joy in life is raising her 1 year old son Isaiah.


    Newsong’s leadership structure consists of a Lead Pastor, a volunteer Senior Leader Board, and a staff team of ministers. All of our leaders have demonstrated a high level of integrity and giftedness. 

    The Lead Pastor continually serves on our Senior Leader Board, but all others serve in three year terms. Some serve two consecutive terms. Our leaders meet the leadership requirements outlined in Titus 1:5-9, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, and 1 Peter 5:1-4. 

    Our Senior Leader Board fulfills its purpose by assisting, guiding, evaluating and monitoring the progress of the Church in the fulfillment of its mission and vision. Our Senior Leader Board meets monthly to provide leadership, protection, spiritual insight, financial advice, and accountability for Pastor Jeff and the staff team of ministers. Every person on the nine member team has equal voting authority.

    Our current Senior Leader Board Members include Jeffrey Watson, Julie Watson, Anthony Rosas, Chris Burris, Mike Witt, Janecia Stevens, Ryan Werner, Casey Eige, and Thomas Finney.