Meet Our Pastors

Our Pastors and Staff at NLCM are passionate about carrying out the ministry of Christ and dedicated to serving the people at NLCM and Roanoke!

Pastor Tony Atkinson, Senior Pastor

Pastor Tony Atkinson

Pastor Tony Atkinson received Jesus Christ and answered the call to ministry in April, 1974. He graduated from Emmanuel College with an A.A. degree in 1975 and from the School of Christian Ministries with a B.S. in Religion in 1977.

In May of 1977, he entered the ministry area as Youth Pastor at New Life Temple. In 1978, Tony and his wife,  Sharon, answered God’s call to Belpre, Ohio to plant a church where he remained Senior Pastor of the Celebration Center for 28 years.

Having been awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in 1993 from Florida Bible Beacon College in Largo Florida, Pastor Atkinson earned his Masters of Ministry degree in 1988 from Southwestern Christian University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Pastor Atkinson was instrumental in planting 12 local satellite churches in the Mid-Ohio Valley, establishing 29 Celebration Centers in Kenya, Africa and was founder and General Manager of Christian Family Radio stations in the Mid-Ohio Valley. He has also served on the Appalachian Conference Board, the General Board of Administration and the Evangelism USA Board of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Pastor Sharon Atkinson, Co-Pastor

Pastor Sharon AtkinsonPastor Sharon Atkinson received Jesus Christ as a child and has served in full-time ministry for over 30 years. She graduated with an A.A. degree from Emmanuel College in 1975.

Sharon and her husband, Tony, planted a church in Belpre, Ohio and served there for 28 years. She has served in every area of local church ministry including church planting, Nursery Department Director, Children’s Church, Women’s Ministry Director, Christian School Teacher, Administrator and Associate Pastor.

Sharon is also a Bible teacher and motivational speaker. She presently serves as Co-Pastor/Administrator alongside her husband at New Life Christian Ministries.

Jeff  Copper, Assistant Pastor (Assimilation)

Pastor Jeff_2Jeff Copper and family joined our church in 2007. Pastor Jeff came to NLCM with the calling of an evangelist on his life. He is a powerful witness and soul winner.

He brings his gift and anointing to our church to continue to reach new souls for the Kingdom of God. He has served in ministry for over 33 years in the Roanoke area as a Youth Pastor and Senior Pastor.

Pastor Jeff’s responsibilities include the assimilation of new folks who visit our church. We feel that special attention is needed to help new people “lock in” to our local church. Pastor Jeff teaches our New Members class, oversees contact with all of our guests and visitors, and oversees our outreach events and special celebrations.

During the summer months, he oversees our “Salt Shaker Ministry” going beyond the walls of the church to our community. We are blessed to have Pastor Jeff as a part of our staff.

Henry and Paula Buckland, Assistant Pastors (Directors of Children’s Ministry)

Pastor HenryHenry and Paula Buckland joined our staff in 2007. What a Godsend they are to our church! Pastors Henry and Paula are both ordained ministers who have a genuine calling to “reach children for Jesus Christ.” They have been active in children’s ministry for 27 years.

Henry has two A.A. degrees, one in Business Administration and the other in Human Services. Plus the Bucklands have attend numerous teaching and training seminars on Children’s Ministry presented by Willie George Ministries (Church On The Move, Tulsa, Ok), Mark Harper Ministries and other nationally know organizations.

Summer after summer, they traveled from church to church holding Vacation Bible Schools and community ministry. The Bucklands have actively supported a mission’s outreach to our Native Americans in North Carolina by traveling and holding Vacation Bible Schools as an outreach ministry.

Through the years, Henry and Paula have held children’s crusades and children’s ministry for many church conferences. We are blessed to have them join our local church staff and build a powerful ministry to our children.  Our children’s ministry has grown from a handful to over 100 kids per week in Power Station Children’s Church. Hundreds of children have asked Jesus into their heart in the past four years under the Buckland’s ministry at NLCM.

Tim McKenzie, Assistant Pastor (Care Giving)

Pastor Tim_2Tim McKinzie joined our staff in the summer of 2010 in the position of Pastor’s Assistant. Obtained a Bachelor of Arts in pastoral care in 2003 from Life Bible College. Obtained a Master in Pastoral Counseling in 2011, and is currently working towards a Master of Divinity, which he hopes to finish by 2013.

Pastor Tim is responsible for helping us care for our “missing sheep”, as well as assisting in crisis care. He also leads our ministry to new converts. We will have over 200 new christians every year that need individual care.

Pastor Tim is a blessing to our staff and this church.

Pastor Sam Shelton, Creative Arts (Praise & Worship)

Pastor SheltonSam Shelton is a dynamic worship leader who has served in ministry for over 20 years. He has recently joined our staff as the pastor of Creative Arts which encompasses the Praise Team, Choir, Band, Drama, Dance, Sound and Media departments. He has a unique approach to ministry which is both creative and inspirational. Some of his core values in ministry include sincerity, passion, and radical love for Jesus and people.

He is a Virginia native from Wythe County. Sam is a graduate of Emmanuel College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis on Christian Education. He served at Emmanuel College leading their 60 voice choir and then on staff as an admissions counselor. He is married to Paula Shelton, who is a music teacher for Wythe County Schools. They are the proud parents of three beautiful children, Makaela, 16, Gabe, 14, and Andrew, 7.

Sam recently completed 16 years of service as the worship pastors at Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, SC. Under his creative leadership, the music ministry grew from 10 to over 250 members. Sam enjoyed pastoring over 250 artists and leading the creative and production staff. Sam assisted the church plant in 1991 and he enjoyed being a part of its growth into the now 13,000 member mega-ministry. Sam and Paula, together with their team, are privileged to have led worship for guests including Donnie McClurkin, Gary Oliver, TD Jakes, Paula White, Jesse Duplantis, Joseph Garlington, Phil Driscoll, Janice Sjostrand, Jentezen Franklin, Martha Munizzi, Israel Houghton, Tommy Barnett, Mark Chironna, and Cindy Trimm.

His desire is to develop, pastor and lead a community of worshipers with these core values in mind…Developing intimacy with God, growing relationships with one another, and reaching out to others in need beyond the four walls. His passion for the local church is for growth and maturity in Christ through relevant teaching, intimate worship, a commitment to excellence, and the demonstration of a spirit filled life in every day living.

Pastor Levi Duff, Youth Ministry

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Levi Duff is our youth pastor!

He and his wife have a tremendous heart for teenagers.

Levi and Whitney are ministering to our kids every week and have taken our youth group to a whole new level.

They meet with our teens and…. teach the Word, have fun together, and enjoy all kinds of activities.

They meet 3 times per week designed for teenagers! (ages 13-19)

Wednesday Evening (7-8:30pm) is our regular “teen” service with P&W, word study, food and fellowship!

Saturday Night Hangout (6-9pm) is just that….a place for teens to hang out, eat, play games and just have fun!

On Sunday mornings at 11am, they meet with our TWEENAGERS (ages 11-13) in a special service just for that age groups.

If you are between the ages of 13-19, join us every week for an exciting youth ministry!

Pastor Jeannette Arroyo, Minister of Hispanic Ministry

Pastor Jeanette FamilyJeannette Arroyo has just joined our ministerial staff at NLCM. She serves as our pastor over the Hispanic Church as well as serving in ministerial duties within our church.

Jeanette has her degrees from University of Puerto Rico (Bayamon campus) with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration major in management and from University of Phoenix (campus) Master Degree in Counseling (marriage and family).

She was born In Manhattan, (NYC) New York but has lived in Puerto Rico for most of her life!

She served in a large church in Puerto Rico and then, in Florida before coming to Roanoke.
She is Ordained in Ministry with New Life Christian Ministries.

Jeannette is a powerful woman of God and her preaching and ministry is powerfully anointed!

Carlos leads the Praise and Worship team for the Hispanic service every week. Carlos is a professional musician. He has written over 3,000 songs. The trombone is his major instrument but he is a singer and writer too!
They both have a heart for God and for the Hispanic people in the Roanoke Valley!

Jeannette and Carlos have two children.

Our heart is to reach the Hispanic people with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Our vision is NOT to create a separate, independent Hispanic ministry out of our church but to include the Hispanic believers AS A PART OF OUR CHURCH!

When we look at Heaven, we see people from every tribe, every tongue and every nation (ethic group) gathered there!

Since NLCM is a multi-cultural church, we desire NLCM to be a reflection of Heaven on earth!