The Elders of New Life Baptist Church

Mark Coleman

Mark Coleman
Pastor Mark Coleman with his wife, Jeanine, and their daughters, (l-r) Glory and Grace.

Our pastor is a Florida native and grew up in Hollywood. He and Jeanine (his wife of 29 years) have two daughters, Grace and Glory. After graduating from Georgia Tech and working at Florida Power and Light as an engineer, he went to Mid-America Baptist Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1993 he became the founding pastor of New Life. He enjoys yearly mission trips to Tanzania, Africa, talking with Jeanine, telling stories to Glory, and working on a new song with Grace. He loves South Florida, especially fishing in the Florida Keys and Florida Bay.

Zack Pursell
Youth Pastor

Zack Pursell
Zack and Lauren Pursell with their daughter Rebekah.

Zack Pursell, a third-generation native Floridian, joined the staff of New Life as Youth Pastor in 2015 after serving in internships in both Florida and Kentucky. He graduated from Boyce College in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Pastoral Ministry and from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014 with a Master's of Divinity. Zack is passionate about helping young people apply the truths of the Bible to their lives. He is married to Lauren, who also grew up in South Florida. In his spare time, Zack enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, fishing, camping, hiking, reading, and music.

Mark Schweitzer
Church Planting Pastor, Gospel Life Church in Sunrise, Florida

Mark Schweitzer
Mark and Kristin Schweitzer with their sons, Luke, Jonathan, Matthias, and Isaac.

Mark Schweitzer moved to South Florida in January of 2004 to serve as the Youth Pastor of New Life Baptist Church. He became connected with New Life after completing an internship with the church in the summer of 2003. Having graduated from Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, Mark is at heart a Bible teacher. After more than eleven years as the Youth Pastor of New Life, Mark and his family have stepped out to plant and lead Gospel Life Church in Sunrise, Florida. He is married to Kristin who is a faithful wife and mother. They are the parents of Jonathan, Luke, Matthias, and Isaac. At this stage in life, Mark wonders what spare time actually is, but he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, fishing, and sports.

Clell Coleman

Clell Coleman served for 28 years as the associate pastor of our mother church, Sheridan Hills Baptist Church in Hollywood, Florida. He is a Georgia native but grew up in Miami. Clell went to Georgia Tech and worked as an engineer, eventually starting his own business. Not long after Coleman Industries was begun he answered the call to vocational ministry and became the director of Sheridan House Family Ministries. A few years later he joined the staff at Sheridan Hills. He and his wife Dee are the parents of our pastor.

John Rabe

John Rabe is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and has been a member of New Life since 1999, where, in addition to being an elder, he teaches adult Sunday School and occasionally preaches.  The father of John Jr. (Elizabeth) and Leah, and the grandfather of Isla, he works as a producer at D. James Kennedy Ministries (formerly Coral Ridge Ministries) in Ft. Lauderdale. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry from Trinity International University, and before entering ministry worked as a sports talk radio host in Ft. Lauderdale, Las Vegas, and St. Louis. John enjoys spending time with his family, loves to read, and is a devoted fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Deacons of New Life Baptist Church

Jim Coale

Alan Mackay

Jordan Rodriguez

Pete de Rose


Support Staff

Judy de Rose, Administrative Assistant

Grace Coleman, Director of Music