our pastors:
Dr. Anthony & Tammy Holder

Senior & Founder Pastors


Tony and Tammy Holder have been married for over 30 years. These high school sweethearts met at Trinity High School and began dating at age 15. At 18 years old they gave their hearts to the Lord together at the alter of a small church in Trinity. Pastor Tony enlisted in the navy not long after which lead them on a journey in the north-east doing everything from youth pastoring to working as a presidential lead for President George Bush Senior. In 1998 New Life Lufkin was born under their leadership, and bring us to today. Pastor Tony Holder has a Doctorate in Biblical Studies from North Carolina College of Theology, and Pastor Tammy Holder has a Masters in Biblical Studies from North Carolina College of Theology. They own three daycares in the East Texas area Kovenant Kids, Treehouse Academy, and Little Rascals Clubhouse. They also operate a sports facility and gym available for East Texans called LifeCourts. Together they have three adult children: Krista, Kaleb, and Kanaan, and four grandchildren: Parker, Holder, Lilli, and Liam.

our STAFF:
Alex & Latifah Fleniken

Alex and Latifah Fleniken have been married for nine years. Alex has been on staff leading worship for 16 years. Latifah first attended the church after catching a ride on the church van at age nine, and officially stepped on staff in 2020 after many years of serving. The two fell in love while serving at New Life Lufkin, and have served side by side since. Alex pairs his love for ministry with work at St. Cyprians Episcopal School where he serves as the I.T. Director. Latifah splits her time between school nursing at St. Cyprians Episcopal School, working as the executive assistant at New Life, and teaching registered nursing students at Angelina College. Alex received his Bachelor of Biblical Studies at North Carolina College of Theology. Latifah received her Bachelor of Nursing from Stephen F. Austin State University, and her Master of Nursing - Nursing Education from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. Together they have two young daughters: Ellis Kate and Caroline.

Krista & Chase Brown

Chase and Krista Brown have been married for seven years and are the proud parents of two young boys, Parker and Holder Brown. The two fell in love at the University of Texas at Dallas, where Chase played baseball and Krista played softball. Chase has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas, and Krista obtained her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology, Audiology with a minor in Business from the University of Texas at Dallas as well. Chase and Krista pair their love for the ministry with their full-time careers. Chase is a sales associate for Arthrex Sports Orthopedic Company, and Krista is the Executive Director of Marketing and Strategic Enrollment at Angelina College. Chase and Krista have been a part of staff together at New Life for over seven years. Krista was a founding member of New Life, where she proudly stood and worked alongside her parents, supporting their dream, which became her dream.

Richard & Gaby Ramirez

Senior Staff, Youth Pastors


Pastor Richard and Gaby Ramirez joined NL staff in May 2020 as youth pastors. They have been married for five years. Meeting for the first time at the beloved Discovery Camp in 2014, their love for ministry and one another collided. Richard received his Pastoral Credentials from Global University in 2015, which lead him immediately committing and investing his life into youth ministry – with GREAT success! Richard’s love for playing and coaching basketball often connects him to students in a fun and quick way. Being a PK (pastor’s kid), Gaby grew up serving the church in any and every dynamic imaginable and is no stranger to the ministry. She is currently working on her a degree in elementary education at Angelina College. In their spare time Gaby and Richard enjoy being with family and friends, going to the movies, crafting, and going to the beach. Together they have three small children: Elaine, Rebecca, and Richard Jr (RJ).