Lead Pastor

Rick Hernandez

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Pastor Rick has  served as Senior Pastor since August of 2012. He and his wife Julie have lived in Wamego since 1998 coming from Springfield Missouri where they served at Second Baptist Church and National Heights Baptist Church. Rick has served in many ministries.He was called as Minister of Music from 2002 to 2011 at Trinity Baptist. Since 2011 he as served as a  Mission Pastor for Embrace Westmoreland Kansas, a ministry of New Life Baptist Church.He also served as Youth Pastor for the Chaplain's Office at Fort Riley Kansas,(2008-2013) and a Youth for Christ Missionary (certified).

Julie has served at Trinity Baptist Church (2009-2013) as Evangelism Director,she also served for 9 years for an assisted living facility as the Activity Director and conducts a bible study ministry there. Julie spends her time connecting with as many senior citizens in our area as she can. She has a love for seniors and wants to see them stay in their home as long as they can! 

Rick is a member of the Spurgeon Baptist Association, and serves on the Administrative Team as Treasurer for Flint Hills Baptist Association.

Rick and Julie spending time with family and grandchildren, Julie enjoys going to auction and Rick enjoys "pasture pool".

Pastor Hernandez also serves as the CEO/Executive Director of Flints Hills Community Clinic.

He has studied at Baptist Bible College, Evangel Christian College and Founders Ministries as well as Spurgeon log college and has a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership.

He loves to read books from authors such as James P. Boyce, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Spurgeon, George Whitfield, Arthur Pink, J.I.Packer, Ian Murray, J.L.Dagg and contemporaries such as John Piper, R.C.Sproul, Matt Chandler, John MacArthur, Francis Chan  and Mark Dever. He considers himself a perpetual student of life being lead by the Holy Spirit, the Mighty Counselor.

 Pastor Hernandez and Julie have 5 adult children 4 of them married and 5 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.

They believe that the Lord has put them here to serve this body and this community, and look forward to seeing God grow them and the church at New Life.

Associate Pastor

Barry Pemberton

Pastor Barry Pemberton has been an Associate Pastor of New Life Wamego since November of 2017 and has been serving as Pastor of New Life Eskridge, in Eskridge KS since November 2020.

Barry was born and raised in Southern Indiana and currently lives in Wamego Kansas with his wife Sharon. Barry joined the U.S. Army in 1981 and retired from the service as a Battalion Sergeant Major at Ft. Riley, Kansas in 2003. After retiring from the service he started and ran a small residential construction business until he was called to ministry in 2013. Since being called to ministry Barry has served as the Associate Pastor of Turning Point church in Junction City, Kansas; PRN Chaplain for Via Christi hospital in Manhattan, Kansas; Spiritual Care Director for Community Care Ministries in Wamego, Kansas, and will be teaching World Religion and Philosophy for Barton Community College beginning November 2020. Sharon has worked at Community First National Bank in Manhattan as Manager of Deposit Operations for the last 17 years.

Pastor Barry’s education began at Orleans High School where he graduated in 1977. He received an AS in Interdisciplinary Studies from Cameron University, Oklahoma in 1991; his BA in Ministry and Leadership from Ohio Christian University in 2016, and his MA in Ministry and Leadership with a concentration in Practical Theology from Ohio Christian University in 2018.

Barry and Sharon have 5 children 9 grandchildren. In our off time we enjoy watching a good movie, taking a ride the Harley, fishing, and Barry enjoys playing golf

Elder Board

Rick Hernandez

Barry Pemberton

Richard Shum

Derrick Milham

Bill Mullins

Harold Jones



Deacon Board

Louie Ward

Marlin Wilson

Nate Hernandez

James Murphy



Myrna Shum


Barb Spinger

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