Leadership

Staff Team

Dr. Ryan Johnson

Lead Pastor

FOUNDER

Pastor Ryan, together with his wife Megan, planted New City Church from scratch in 2015. They have four children: Tatum, Caden, Roman, and Maggie. Ryan is the visionary leader of New City, serving as the moderator of the Session, the President of the corporation, and the head of the Teaching Team. He is also the executive director of Metro Atlanta Collective our local church planting network. 

Megan Johnson

Discipleship Director

FOUNDER

Megan, alongside her husband Ryan, founded New City Church in 2015. She has four children: Tatum, Caden, Roman, and Maggie. Megan provides visionary leadership in the area of Discipleship Pathways. The primary way she serves is by guiding the formation of life-on-life discipleship groups and cohorts as well as providing for the care and development of their leaders. Megan is also a trusted voice on our Liturgy Team. Outside of New City, Megan is the director of Parakaleo in the Metro Atlanta region, a ministry that provides care and support for the wives of church planters. 

E. Brandon Dean

Associate Pastor

Pastor Brandon has been a part of New City Church since the initial Launch Team. He and his wife, Alisha, have two daughters: Halle and Maddy, and two grandchildren: James and ellaH. Brandon is focused primarily on Teaching, Theology, and Shepherding Care but also oversees Communications and Liturgy Development.  He is the Secretary of the corporation and serves as Clerk of the Session. Brandon is a regular part of the Liturgy Team and Teaching Team. 

Duane Mixon

Worship & Residencies Pastor

Pastor Duane joined New City Church at the beginning of 2022. He and his wife Jessica have three children: Miles, Iris, and Silas. Duane curates our times of worship and provides for the care and development of our worship leaders and technicians. Besides worship, Duane oversees the residencies program at New City Church. Duane is a regular part of our Liturgy Team. 

Kelly Shipp

Shepherding and Children's Ministry Director

Kelly and her husband Kenny, have been a part of New City Church since the initial Launch Team. They have three children: Emma, Ben, and Everett. Kelly built our children's ministry, New City Kids, from the ground up and provides for the care and development of a team of children's leaders, teachers, and other volunteers. Along with Pastor Brandon, Kelly provides leadership for the Shepherding Care Team. 

Anne Bridges

Children's Ministry Assistant Director

Anne and her husband Rob have been a part of New City Church since we were still a portable church plant meeting in a middle-school gymnasium. They have two children: Rylan and Reese. Anne provides organizational leadership to our children's ministry, New City Kids. 

Patrick Choi

Student Ministries Director

Patrick has been a part of New City Church since just after we launched. He and his wife, Erica, have two children: Haven and David. Patrick and Erica built our student ministry from scratch and provide for the care and development of a team of youth leaders. Patrick is a Ruling Elder providing leadership and oversight as well as Shepherding Care as a part of the Session. He is a regular part of our Liturgy Team and Teaching Team. 

Erica Choi

Engagement & Student Ministries Director

Erica, alongside her husband Patrick, has been a part of New City Church since the early days. She has two children: Haven and David. Erica and Patrick developed our student ministry from the ground up, and they provide for the care and development of a team of youth leaders. She provides visionary leadership in the area of Engagement, guiding people from when they first visit New City until they are fully engaged and connected Covenant Partners within our church family. Part of Erica's role is connecting with people through our social media and email presence. Erica is a regular part of our Worship Team and Liturgy Team.  Outside of New City, Erica serves as the Director of Operations for Metro Atlanta Collective, our local church planting network. 

Mike McAuliff

Missional Communities Director

Mike and his wife Emily were a part of the initial Launch Team for New City Church. They have two daughters: Ella and Ada. Mike provides for the care and development of a team of volunteer leaders who facilitate Missional Communities, one of our core Discipleship Pathways. As a Ruling Elder, Mike provides leadership and oversight, as well as shepherding care, as a part of the Session. He is a regular part of the Liturgy Team and Teaching Team. Outside of New City, Mike is the Executive Director of Youth for Christ in Atlanta.

Bill Golden

Executive Director

Bill and his wife Karen have been a part of New City since we were still a portable church plant meeting at Richards Middle School. They have two grown children: Mikayla and Nathan. As our Executive Director, Bill provides for the care and development of the staff team. Bill provides leadership and oversight, as well as shepherding care, as a Ruling Elder on our Session. Outside of New City, Bill serves as Candidates Director for Mission to the World, the global missions arm of the Presbyterian Church in America. 

Jorge Vallejo

Church Planting Resident

Jorge and his wife Brittany have been a part of New City Church since the initial Launch Team. They have four children: Nehemiah, Georgia, Moriah, and Isaiah. Jorge is our first Church Planting Resident and is attending seminary at Metro Atlanta Seminary in preparation for planting a Hispanic-speaking church within Gwinnett County. Outside of New City, Jorge is the Executive Director of Upper90, a vibrant ministry within the Hispanic community here in Gwinnett County and also in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. 

David Ly

Facilities Director

David and his wife Jessica have been a part of New City Church since we were still meeting in a middle school. They have three children: Lincoln, Jojo, and Benny.  Engaging with the community, Ministry Partners, and Covenant Partners as they utilize the facilities and resources on our church campus (as well as providing stewardship of the facilities) is David's primary role. 

The Session

Ryan Johnson

Teaching Elder / ELT / Moderator

Brandon Dean

Teaching Elder / ELT / Clerk

Bill Golden

Ruling Elder / ELT

Phil White

Ruling Elder / ELT

Jeff Thomas

Ruling Elder / ELT

Mike McAuliff

Ruling Elder

Joe Brand

Ruling Elder

Brian Pettigrew

Ruling Elder

Patrick Choi

Ruling Elder

The Diaconate

Steven Sexton

Deacon | Chairman

Kenny Shipp

Deacon | Secretary

Art Edwards

Deacon

John Hudson

Deacon | Sabbatical 2024

Antonio da Silva

Deacon