Interim Senior Pastor
John Bremer is married to his bride Kyndra Waganer Bremer. They have four children, Andrew, Evan, Nash, and Millie Grace. In his free time, he can be found enjoying his family, coaching or refereeing his children’s sports interests, and playing the guitar. John has been in church ministry for 22 years and has served as worship leader, student and family minister, and teaching pastor. His greatest passion in ministry is seeing people “get it” in their relationship with Jesus.
John gave his life to Jesus at a young age and while he sensed the Lord’s hand on his life, as a teenager, John tried to do things on his own. When that didn't fulfill or satisfy what John was looking for, God spoke very powerfully to him and challenged John to surrender to Him. In John’s senior year of high school, he fully surrendered to Jesus when he felt the call to full-time church ministry.
The first several years of John’s ministry were completely devoted to student ministry but while serving as student pastor, God told him to pick up a guitar and lead worship. John trusted God to send people into his life who could help him learn to play. Over the years, John has been able to incorporate leading worship within student and family ministries, to provide a broader platform to reach people of all ages.
John believes the Lord has continued to stretch and prepare him for greater impact in ministry. It is John’s desire to use his gifting and abilities to authentically connect people to Christ and to grow the Kingdom by serving within the community.
INTERIM ASSOCIATE PASTOR
Since coming to a personal relationship with Christ in 1979, I celebrate the opportunities He has given me through the years to live and serve in the areas of missions, music, evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. In all these areas, I have followed the vision and mission of Jesus by assisting the unchurched to connect to the local church through relational discipleship and reproducing themselves.
This experience has led me toward a passion for making disciples and equipping church leaders to implement a process of relational discipleship and leadership development in current church systems. Laura and I are excited to assist in this season working with the leadership and discipleship ministries at New Heights.
Music has “been in my blood” from a young age, from plinking on my grandmother’s piano to school concert bands, marching band, jazz bands, garage bands, country music bands, to being a rock star in my own little world. I grew up in an Episcopal church and visited various Baptist and other denomination churches, and played the part, but never really took any of it too seriously. Then I realized my NEED for Christ and accepted Him as Savior on February 15th of 2000. He opened my eyes to an existence not focused on me, but Him. What a relief that was! That “music in my blood” began pumping through a heart that was owned by Him, and my purpose was redefined.
Galatians 2:20 says it best, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
I began my Christian Journey when I was 20 years old. I have been a member of Colonial Heights/New Heights since 1995. We have 4 Children ages 22 DJ, 21 Jodi, 20 Marie, 16 Sam. I have always had a love for children so even before we had our own children God placed Dean and I in many children’s lives as nannies and caregivers. We have loved having our bonus littles around in every stage of our lives. They have taught us way more than we could have ever taught them! I am so excited for this new chapter in my life. My phone is always on and I am always here for you and your family.
YOUTH MINISTRY COORDINATOR
I am a student at Columbia International University studying in the Youth Ministry program (The BEST program at CIU). I am the youngest of four and son of a lead Pastor, where he leads at a church called New Hill Baptist Church.
I have always wanted to mentor teenagers ever since I was young. I’ve always felt that God was pushing me into the Ministry but I never fully grasped His concept of a future in Youth Ministry until my Freshman year of High School. In my past, I’ve dealt with depression, love, and lost. But God is an amazing God where He showed me that through all of my pain and sorrows, He is forever with me and that is such a blessing to know.
Isaiah 43:1-10 has always been a verse that has been close to my heart and I’ve always wanted to share with kids and teenagers about what amazing things God can show them in their lives, like He did with mine.
I want to make the kids feel like church is a safe haven for them and where they can come to whenever they feel like down or just ready to talk to God.
Dean Rish has been a staff member at New Heights for sixteen years. Dean and his wife of twenty-three years, Angie, have been lifelong members and were united in marriage at the church’s original location, Colonial Heights. He has four wonderful children who are also involved in the ministries at the church. We are thankful for Dean's gifts of service and life-long commitment to New Heights.
Waletha Rish started as part-time secretary at Colonial Heights in 1997. She moved with us in the relocation to New Heights in 1999, and became full-time in January 2000. If you really want to know what’s going on or need information about New Heights, call the office Monday through Thursday, from 9 AM - 4 PM to talk to her.