Our Staff

New Life Leadership

The staff and leadership at New Life love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. 

You can contact the church office at office@newlifepetrolia.com

  • Sam Welten

    Lead Pastor

    Pastor Sam has been involved with missions through Possibilities International for the last 15 years. He loves to have fun in whatever he does, which gives our church an exceptional atmosphere of "what's going to happen now"?  Pastor Sam loves Jesus and loves to introduce people to Him.

    Contact P. Sam

  • ron hughes

    Associate Pastor

    Pastor Ron is a a great leader and you'll often hear Pastor Sam says he believes NLA has Canada's best preacher. Ron's favourite quotes are: 

    "A leader is one who KNOWS the way, GOES the way, and SHOWS the way.” and

    "Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference."

    Contact P. Ron

  • Janette Burmaster

    Director of Communications and Connection

    Janette loves working with a group of amazingly talented people at NLA and looks forward to writing songs with them too. She wishes more of them rode motorcycles so they could join her on rides across the countryside in the summer.

    Contact P. Janette



    Janelle and husband Bobby joined our team in the Summer of 2020 to serve our Kids and families. Janelle is passionate about seeing the next generation experience Jesus for themselves and is honoured to serve families here.

    Contact P. Janelle

  • Tim Brown

    Pastoral care

    Pastor Tim has lived in Lambton County his whole life and has a ton of stories he could tell you about it. When he isn't visiting people in the community, farming, or hanging out with his cats, he is putting together incredible 'Words of Wisdom from the Farm" (check it out HERE)

    Contact P. Tim

  • Bobby Archibald

    Sr. Youth leader (AKA Ninja Man)

    Bobby leads our Sr Youth group "IMPACT". He loves Jesus and knows the incredible life change that happens when you totally surrender to God. He loves his family almost as much as he loves fitness...as in "I can fitness whole pizza in my mouth!"

    He is an amateur boxer with a record of 0-36.  (Picture credit "first day on the job")

    Contact Bobby

  • Chris Helps

    Jr. Youth leader

    Chris Helps leads our Jr. Youth group "VOLTAGE". He is known to be fun and crazy and loves encouraging our Junior High students. 

    Contact Chris

  • Dean & Rebecca Welten

    young adult leaders

    Rebecca and Dean joined in October 2021, to serve together in leading this generation of young adults at New Life Assembly. They are passionately committed to following Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Their heart is to see God move in the lives of people today, and see them grow closer in relationship to Jesus and be part of building God’s Kingdom.

    Contact Rebecca or Dean