Shawn and Lanessa both originate from Alamogordo, NM where they were high school sweethearts before marrying in 1998. They have two girls: Traeh and Kaidance. Shawn and Lanessa were both involved in ministry as youth, a passion that has evolved through the years. The early years of ministry as a married couple included traveling with an Evangelist and then full time youth ministry in Hobbs, NM & Rio Rancho, NM.
In November of 2008, God called them to Los Alamos where they are continuing to put into practice their passion for worship and for people. Through their ministry and the family of New Beginnings God has grown the church from 7 in 1998 to 200 today. Shawn and Lanessa know that God can change a life and want to continue reaching the least, the last and the lost of Los Alamos.
Gwen was raised in Tucumcari, New Mexico and was the children's pastor in nearby Alamogordo from 1987–1997. In addition to directing musicals and developing a Saturday outreach ministry, Gwen saw her ministry grow to almost 200 kids. Gwen and her husband, JK, moved to Albuquerque in 1998.
Gwen jumped back into being a children's pastor in Rio Rancho from 1999 to 2001, after which she took a break to help with the family business. In 2003, she once again became a children's pastor for a group that also grew to about 200 children; she continued pastoring there until 2008.
She is currently splitting her time between living in Albuquerque and Los Alamos, where she has been the children's pastor for New Beginnings since December 2008. Although being close to her grandchildren, Traeh and Kaidance, is a bonus, her main desire is to minister to kids weekly at their level (and we’re not talking about her height).
Elizabeth Lyon (aka Lizzy) and her husband Matthew moved to Los Alamos in 2014. They feel truly called here to serve the people of Los Alamos!
Lizzy has been in kid’s ministry for over 13 years, and has a heart to see kids grow in who they are in Christ and the power He gives them! She believes they are all world changers!
She loves kids and has dedicated her life to making sure they all feel important.
She and her husband enjoy being outdoors, eating good food with friends, and spending time with their large family!
Kevin and Crystal met in college. After they married, they moved to Las Vegas, NV where they began serving in children's ministry at Canyon Ridge Church. Their son Aedin was born there. They moved to Los Angeles, California where they continued to be active in ministry and where their daughter Skyelar was born. Another move found them in Atlanta, GA where they ran the children's ministry at Christian City Church and where they were blessed with their son, Lief.
God led them to move to Los Alamos, NM and to New Beginnings Fellowship in 2010. Kevin spent time as an associate pastor in charge of youth ministry before becoming the campus pastor at the Taos campus in 2015.