Our Team

Ministry Team Leaders

Click the link below to view our list of ministry leaders and their contact information.

Nate Porter

Equipping Pastor 

Nate is one of the three co-pastors at Newstart and came on board in 2015. Nate and his beautiful wife, Kristen, have been married since 2010 and have three young boys - Cole, Gage, and Brody. Kristen and Nate are currently foster parents and reside in the city of Delaware. He is a B.A. in Youth Ministries, is a 2009 graduate from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and is ordained through the Church of the Nazarene. 

Nate Serves:

SPIRITUAL FORMATION
Young Adults
Family
Teens
Children's
Seniors
Marriage
OUTREACH & ASSIMILATION 
Hospitality
Care Ministries
OPERATIONS
Digital Church
Communications

Desiree Caluza

Equipping Pastor 

Desiree is one of the three co-pastors at Newstart and has been on staff since 2001. Although she was born and raised in Southern California, she is now a Buckeye fan who currently resides in Powell where she enjoys spending time with her church family and friends. Desiree's happy place is Lake Tahoe, where she grew up vacationing with her family. She holds a B.A. in Christian Education, is a graduate (2002) of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and is ordained through the Church of the Nazarene. 

Desiree Serves:

SPIRITUAL FORMATION
OUTREACH & ASSIMILATION 
OPERATIONS
Life Groups
Financial Peace University
Faith Coaching
Serving Team Onboarding
Prayer Team
Community Events 
Lead Support Staff
Facility Use Coordination
Giving Records
Database

Greg McNichols

Equipping Pastor 

Greg is the founding pastor of Newstart Church and is one of the three co-pastors. His greatest passion is teaching the truth of the Bible to people from any background and level of faith. He enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and two dogs. His favorite activities are outdoors; backcountry backpacking, mountaineering, and training sport dogs. Greg is married to his college sweetheart, Mari, and lives in Powell. They have 2 grown sons (Colt and Zane), 2 beautiful daughters-in-law (Brittany and Brooklyn), and one adorable grandson, Lennix. He holds a B.A. in Sociology, a Masters in Ministry, and is ordained through the Church of the Nazarene. 

Greg Serves:

SPIRITUAL FORMATION
OUTREACH & ASSIMILATION
OPERATIONS
Preaching Team
Worship Band
Sports, Rec, & Fitness
International Missions
Local Compassionate Ministries
Church Board
Fiance Team
Building & Grounds
Tech Team

Dawn Jessup

Ministry Team Leader

Dawn  has been on staff since 2008 as the Director of Pastoral Care. She has a B.A. in Sociology from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Dawn and her husband, Mike, have 3 kids (Tanner, Morgan, and Mitchell), a daughter-in-law, Christy, and a beautiful grandson, Lyle. 

Shelli Ledford

Office Administrative Assistant

Shelli has been on staff as the Administrative Assistant to the Lead Pastor since 2001. In addition to running the office and assisting Greg and the rest of the staff, Shelli plays the keyboard for the worship band on Sunday mornings. Shelli loves her job at Newstart, because not only are the rest of the staff amazing and creative people who love the Lord, they make work so much fun! Shelli has a B.A. in Communications from MVNU and resides in Westerville with her husband, Jim. Their family includes their daughter, Kayla, & her husband, Kyle, and their adorable daughter, Violet, and their son, Zach, and his wife, Sadie.