Tom & Laura DiStefano

Pastor Tom DiStefano   Senior Pastor     Email Pastor Tom

Laura DiStefano   Administrative Minister     Email Laura

Pastor Tom and Laura have been walking with the Lord for over 30 years. Tom was exposed to the gospel as a young teenager but did not get serious in his relationship with God until college. It was near the same time that he met Laura, and together they became active in the ministry of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) at Rutgers College. Following their graduation and wedding, they joined the staff of IVCF in 1987 which brought these native New Yorkers to “South Jersey”. In 1990, Tom began employment at Wawa, Inc. and currently works in the Internal Care (IC) Department. IC is a unique team that is privileged to serve as advocates and care givers for nearly 30,000 Wawa Associates; a job Tom says is like being the “Wawa Pastor”.

Throughout their Christian walk, Tom and Laura have participated in and led a variety of ministries within their local church. Often their service coincided with the groups that their children, Michael and Christa, were a part of as they grew up. In 2010, Tom became a Licensed Christian Minister with Elim Fellowship and began serving as the Family Life Minister of New Life Church as well as serving on the Board of Directors. In early 2013, Tom became an Ordained Minister with Elim Fellowship and began to serve as the Assistant Pastor of New Life Church, and in January of 2014, he was installed as the Senior Pastor.

Tom is a teacher-preacher who enjoys chapter and verse exegetical style of delivery mixed with personal transparency and humor. Accurately dividing the Word of Truth to help develop disciples is a top priority of his ministry.

Laura serves as Administrative Minister and Webmaster here at New Life Church. She also oversees our Women’s Ministry and Prayer Chain and serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors. Their children, Michael and Christa, are now young adults living on their own. Christa taught HS Spanish for three years, and is currently attending graduate school at La Salle University. Michael has followed in his father’s footsteps and now has a management position with Wawa and is married to his lovely wife, Sarah. Together they have given Tom and Laura three precious grandchildren, Lilly, Tommy, & Finn.

Dave & Jennifer Shorten

Pastor Dave Shorten  Worship Pastor & Elder      Email Pastor Dave

Jennifer Shorten  Children’s Education Minister

Pastor Dave and and his wife, Jennifer, have been faithfully attending and serving at New Life Church for the past 27 years. Dave is an anointed worship leader and loves teaching the foundational truths of God’s Word. He became an Ordained Minister through Elim Fellowship in 2013 and now serves as our Worship Pastor. Jennifer is our Children’s Education Minister and has served several terms on the Board of Directors. Her creativity and dedication keep our Children’s Church Service and programs both exciting and God-centered. 

At any given time, you will likely find a Shorten family member serving at New Life Church. Their son, Caleb, and his wife, Robin, are part of the Worship Team, as well as their daughter, Havilah (aka Havi), who is a Worship Team Leader. Havi is also very active helping with all of our youth programs, including serving as a Junior High Youth Leader with her brother, Caleb. Hannah and her husband, Joel, are now working and living in upstate NY. Haley helps with our Worship Team and Children’s Ministry and is currently preparing for missions work in the Far East. Their daughter, Jamie, and her husband, Matt, have given them two precious granddaughters, Avery and Piper, and currently reside in Florida. 

Rev. Dr. Donna Arnold

Pastor Emeritus & Founding Co-Pastor

Andre Ramjattan

Elder & Evangelism Minister