New Life Assembly of God – ‘The International Church’
Welcoming all to come and see that our God is good.
Serving Athens, Ohio and surrounding areas for over 40 years.

Philip Foster
Senior Pastor
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Dave Mott
Worship Pastor
Dave transplanted to Athens in 2002 to attend Ohio University and never left. Part of that has to do with him marrying Andria, who is from the area. He has been involved with worship at New Life since he got here. Dave has a passion for music and for worship, and he has been leading the worship ministry for the last several years.
Mary Harmison
Youth Pastor
Mary has attended New Life Assembly of God in Athens since 2001. She studied for two years at the Ohio School of Ministry in Columbus and received certified ministerial credentials with the Assemblies of God in September of 2014.
Mary Harmison is from Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Ohio University in 1996 after studying video production and management. Mary has been a co-owner of a small video production business, a high school mathematics and Spanish teacher, a broadcast technician at WOUB-TV, and a church administrator. Currently, Mary is employed at Ohio University in the Patton College of Education as a project manager, where her primary mission is to serve and to help others succeed. Mary is a worship leader and currently volunteers as the youth pastor at New Life. She is also the south central area youth ministry representative for Ohio Youth Ministry (OYM), which is part of the Ohio Ministry Network. In this capacity, she encourages and serves other youth leaders in the south central area of Ohio. Mary met her husband, Jeffrey Harmison, at Ohio University. They were married in 1994 and are the proud parents of two teenagers, Della and Christopher Harmison. Mary has a soft spot in her heart for veterans, mathematics teachers, and zany miniature poodles.
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Julie Foster
Children's Church Leader
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Tammy Shields
Children's Church Instructor, Bookkeeper
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Ed Shields
Advisory Board Member
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Keith Palmer
Advisory Board Member
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Briju Thankachan
Advisory Board Member
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Mark Rhoades
Treasurer
Came to Athens in 1991 as Professor of Aerospace Studies at Ohio University and joined New Life. Has served as a worship leader, Sunday school teacher, advisory board member and faculty advisor to Chi Alpha.
Mark Rhoades is from Columbus, Ohio and was commissioned through Air Force ROTC at Ohio State University. Flew as a B-52 bombardier and navigator training instructor. Staff duties included B-52 tactics training and B-1 combat planning. Degrees in psychology and sociology. Youth director at churches in California and Michigan. Currently employed as administrative assistant and program director for Athens County Probate and Juvenile Court. Mark lives in Athens with his wife Marty, daughter Erika, and granddaughters Nevada and Jada.
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Jeffrey Harmison
IT Administrator, Media and Men's Ministry
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