your Team

The Newsong staff is composed of passionate servants that go the extra mile to help every member fulfill their purpose and destiny in Christ.

  • JEFFREY WATSON, Lead Pastor

    Pastor Jeff is a true pastor.  He loves caring for the people at Newsong, instilling in them a love for God's presence, God's word, and God's conversation which is prayer. His vision is to see people fully transformed, increasingly walking in their God-given purposes - that they might go and change the world. Pastor Jeff has served churches in many leadership roles: music, college, prayer, men's, and outreach ministries. His spiritual roots are in the Calvary Chapel and the Vineyard Churches of America fellowships, and currently he is a part of Global Legacy.  He is a graduate of Vanguard University holding BA degrees in Ministry and also in Music. He has hosted leadership and worship conferences/workshops in the USA, Europe and Asia. Pastor Jeff is married to Julie.  They have a daughter Michaela and a son-in-law, Caleb Hindes, a grandson, Declan, and a granddaughter, Ivy.  

  • DAVID BROWN, Family Pastor

    Pastor David loves equipping and coaching people to be all they were created to be. He has 14 years of full-time ministry experience in Associate Pastor and Youth Pastor roles in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. David has grown and multiplied many leadership teams and ministries, led mission teams to Nicaragua and Belize, and directed numerous youth camps and retreats. He has been an ordained minister since 2004. David adores his wife Tracy and cherishes spending time with his daughters Sarah Beth (11) and Laura Kate (9). 

  • KAREN CLARK, Kid's Pastor

    Karen loves your kids!  She has spent her life dedicated to growing children and family. Karen is a graduate of Elim Bible Institute, majoring in bible and education.  She also holds a Bachelors of Science in Education from SUNY Geneseo. Karen has been married for 24 years to Jason and they have three amazing children.  Karen absolutely loves homeschooling her kids and has been for the past 15 years.  She comes alive when she's pouring into her own children and yours. Karen’s greatest passion is helping others realize their position as sons and daughters and how valued and loved they are by God. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at the lake, cooking and relaxing with her family.

  • MIKALA HOOPER, Worship Pastor

    Mikala's giftedness as a musician combined with her deep love for Jesus become a vehicle for Newsong worshippers to enter into an encounter with God. Her energy and passion are simply infectious! Mikala is a Creative Arts Instructor at Lake Norman Christian School and on the leadership team of the Collected Women's events. She studied Music Education at Vanguard University and continued her training as a worship leader at DIVE Creative and Bethel School of Worship. As the founder of The Creative Space, a place for kids to freely connect with their creativity, Mikala is able to exercise her passion for evoking every soul's creative nature.

  • NIKKI HITCHCOCK, Communications & Graphics

    Nikki graduated from the Art Institute with a BA in Graphic Design and she and her husband, Chad, moved from California to North Carolina shortly after. She owns her own graphic design company working mostly with Christian Ministries over the last couple of years. She loves that, at Newsong, she is able to pair her love of design with her love for the Father and use her gifts to serve Him and minister to her community. Her passion is to present information in an attractive way that draws in the audience without distracting away from the message. In her spare time, Nikki loves to read, lift weights, cook and spend time with her husband and two children, Reveille and Capri.

  • CHRISTINE ELLIOT, Finance Administration

    Christine has been a part of the Newsong family since 2011.  She loves the Newsong family and values authentic and real relationships with God's people.  Christine has served churches in many capacities since 2006 including pastoral and administrative roles.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Montreat College with a major in Bible and Religion and a minor in Business Administration.  Christine lives in Davidson North Carolina with her son Maverick.  


  • Madeleine Clark, Assistant Children's Pastor / Youth Coordinator

    Madeleine has been working in Kids and Student Ministry for five years. Her two favorite things include coffee and seeing the Holy Spirit move throughout her student's lives. Not necessarily in that order. Although Madeleine works as the Assistant Children's Pastor to her mother, she was hired well before her. She was the Student Worship Leader for three years and has since moved into an additional role of Youth Coordinator.