Joel and Amber Pumphrey have been married since 2007. They have three daughters: Jessa, Madelyn, and Claire, and also provide foster care. Amber stays busy homeschooling the girls while Joel works at his family's small machine shop operating mills and lathes.
"When I was young, my parents instilled in me the importance of having a personal relationship with Christ. I was baptized when I was 10 on Easter morning and continually strive to learn more about my Savior and His plan for me.
"Amber and I received the initial flyer in the mail and came to the first service here at New Anthem. We were excited to have a local church that was passionate about reaching the lost in the Park City area. I want to be able to serve the people of New Anthem and ultimately glorify God by serving my neighbors and the surrounding community. We worship an awesome God and I look forward to sharing the Gospel with others."
Mike and Kay Scates have been married for over 40 years and have two daughters, Mika and Kyla. They currently reside in Valley Center, Kanssas. Mike is a retired business manager and engineer, while Kay is a retired nurse.
Mike has actively served in previous churches that he and Kay have attended, acting as Deacon, Elder, and Treasurer. Mike and Kay have been attending New Anthem church since 2015. In addition to serving as an elder, Mike serves on the finance committee and set-up team; Kay helps with our women's ministry program. Together Mike and Kay host the college/young professional group and a small group.
"After accepting Christ at the age of 13, the Holy Spirit has never abandoned me. I knew I needed to marry a Christian woman, and Christ brought Kay into my life. Since then, we have moved from being 'fans' to striving to becoming 'followers' of Christ. Kay and I want New Anthem to continue to be a presence in the community as well as be open to new ideas or areas of ministry."
Joel and Kendall Smith reside in Newton, Kansas. They have been married since 2002 and have 3 children: Oliver, Lily, and Brahm. Kendall teaches K-4 Science at Walton Rural Life Center while Joel works for the Newton Recreation Commission, as well as manage several small businesses.
"I enjoy playing basketball and following the Chicago Cubs and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Growing up as a pastor's kid I have always enjoyed, and been highly involved in, the local church. We had already been a part of a church plant, so when the opporunity came to help with New Anthem, it seemed like a good fit for our family.
"Working on the finance team and welcome team has given me the opportunity to use my gifts. I love New Anthem because the people are real, genuine and truly care about loving others. We're honored to call New Anthem our home church and are looking forward to what God has in store for Park City and our church."
DJ and Natasha Waters have been married since 1999 and have five children: Brianna, Tripp, Alaina, Tamarra and Troy. DJ works for Arbor Masters Tree Service as an arborist and Natasha works in the Valley Center School District; they have been Park City residents for over 15 years.
"I'm the youngest of nine children. We were raised in a Christian home which was also a sprawling farm and ranching operation in South Dakota. I put my faith, hope and trust in Jesus Christ in June 1978 at the age of four, and was later baptized at the age of 10 at Carter Gospel Fellowship by Pastor Elmer Reimer.
"Elmer's son Dave started Grace Community Church in Newton, and when I arrived in the area it just seemed natural to attend there. I served as leader, usher, and parking attendant while at Grace. Here at New Anthem, I enjoy serving on worship team with my family. I'm excited to be a part of a church in my community and look forward to the next season of growth at New Anthem."