Pastors Steve and Carol Johnson sensed a call to ministry as teenagers in the youth group at Trinity Assembly of God in Miami, Fl where they grew up and met one another and were later married in 1978. Although they did not sense a call to full time ministry until twenty years later after Pastor Steve graduated from Florida International University with a business degree and went on to a successful business career in the nursing home industry and Pastor Carol graduated from University of Central Florida and enjoyed a rewarding career as a public school teacher. Through the years they served in church ministry in various capacities including several years as children’s pastors in two churches as well as traveling and teaching children’s ministry in countries like the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Mexico.
In 1998 after sensing the call to full time ministry Pastor Steve and Carol sold their interest in the nursing home business which they had helped found and develop. After two years as a staff pastor of a local church in March of 2000, Pastor Steve and Carol planted what is today New Life Church in Port Orange, FL. This church was birthed out of their hunger and desire to see a life changing family oriented church raised up in the Port Orange area.