Our Staff

Rev. Jesse Stevens – Senior Pastor
Reverend Jesse Stevens is married to his wife Sherry, DSCF1840and together they have two boys Solomon and Josiah. Jesse and Sherry met when they went to college together at Aurora University, and after both had graduated, they got married and moved to Fort Worth, TX. Once there, Jesse enrolled in seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he would eventually earn his Master’s of Divinity degree. The first church Jesse served in after seminary was New Life Church. He served here for three and a half years from 1998-2001 as an Associate Pastor He and Sherry then moved to Los Angeles, CA, when Jesse was asked to be solo pastor at Chatsworth Lake Community Church. During the 7 years of ministry in Chatsworth, Jesse became ordained and the couple had Solomon then Josiah. The Stevens family eventually came back to New Life Church in WI, when Jesse was asked to serve as Senior Pastor in August of 2008.

Jesse also serves as the church region’s church planters coach, Conference treasurer, and L.E.A.D. team facilitator.  If that didn’t keep him busy enough, Jesse also serves on the local Habitat For Humanity board.

Rev. Jed Crouse – Associate Pastor
Reverend Jed Crouse is a graduate from Bethel College with a major in Biblical Studies and Youth Ministry.  He currently serves as an Associate Pastor of Youth and Outreach at New Life. Jed has served at New Life with his wife Traci since 2004, however, Jed has always called New Life his home church and Baraboo his home town.

When not working at New Life, Jed leads the Navigators Bible Study at the University of Wisconsin Baraboo/Sauk County Campus and volunteers as a circus chaplain. He spends his free time clowning and performing magic under the alias of Presto the clown.  Jed hopes to continue to be able to use his unique personality, off-beat sense of humor, and passion for entertaining, to share his love for Christ with others.


Tracy Blake – Daycare Administrator & Secretary

Tracy has worked at the childcare   since 2004. She has been the church   secretary since 2017. She is a graduate   from NWTC with a degree in Early   Childhood.

Tracy is originally from Sauk Prairie   and moved to Baraboo in 1990. She is marred to Terry and they have two adult sons and three granddaughters.

When not at the daycare she enjoys spending her time with her three granddaughters and her two dogs. She loves to travel with her family. Tracy enjoys working at the daycare and being able to provide families with a safe and fun environment.