deacons

NewCov 2020 Deacon Nominees

JUSTIN DEBBAS

Justin and Kristen Debbas have been attending NewCov since 2007. In that time, God has blessed them with three children: Gianna, age 13, Naomi, age 10, and Samuel, age 8. All three children have been very involved in the youth ministries offered at the church, including Camp AdventureLand, Surf, and GameTime Sports.

 

Justin and Kristen began serving in AdventureLand about 10 years ago. Since that time, Justin has gone on to serve the church as Director of Children’s Ministry from 2015-2017 and as Children’s Pastor from 2017-2019. He continues to assist Pastor Chip with Camp AdventureLand as a volunteer.

 

Justin is also heavily involved with the Celebrate Recovery Ministry at the church. He has attended CR since 2013 and has served as the worship leader. He currently is one of the teachers for the Monday night services (6:30-8:30. Join us!).

 

Away from church, Justin works as an educator for Learn4Life Charter Schools. He taught English and History for 10 years and has spent the last three years as a Social Studies Curriculum Writer.

RICK BRADEN

Rick and his family started attending New Covenant Community Church in 2006. All of his kids went to the youth program and grew up with Scott Borman as their youth pastor.

 

Rick was born in raised in Sanger on a Dairy Farm that his family still owns, and is now used for cattle grazing.

 

He and his late wife moved to Fresno in 1985 and when she passed away her service was held at New Covenant by Pastor Mike whom he’s come to know and consider a truly great friend. He moved away from the church after that, but always knew God would be a constant in his life even though his wife had passed.

 

He was blessed to meet and marry his current wife Valerie Braden. They have nine grandchildren 5 boys and 4 girls, whom they spend a lot of their time with.

 

He’s the Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Jem Restaurant Management who operate the KFC’s in Fresno, CA and the Wendy’s from Roseville, CA to Porterville, CA. He’s been with the company for 48 years.

 

He and his wife are active in the Sunday YES station, and love attending and supporting the church. They became members after they were married and have supported the church by attending the Mission’s dinners and donating their time to pray for the NewCov church family by being at the YES stations, as well as sitting as an alternate currently on the Deacon Board.

 

They love NewCov and as their faith has grown in their marriage and life, they are blessed to be with an amazing church family.

 

Rick is honored to be nominated and would be blessed if it were God’s will to become a Deacon on the
board.

JON KOOBATION

Jon Koobation is a retired chef, restaurateur, and author. He grew up in Dinuba, California, the eldest of four children to Ed and Mary Koobation. Upon graduation from Reedley College, he moved to Lake Tahoe to work in the restaurant industry for two years.

 

In 1973, Jon applied to The Culinary Institute of America, but enrolled too late for the fall semester. He accepted a position as Chef at The Bear Club in Reedley that same year. In 1985, he became the owner until his retirement in 2013.

 

Though he enjoyed many successes, there were also many failures, until he met his wife Kitty. She helped me to realize there was more to life. He was missing out on the love of Jesus and sharing the gifts and treasures He had allowed him to have. Jon began attending NewCov in 2002 and was baptized in 2007. He’s now involved in Friday morning Warriors men’s bible study, an usher for the second service, a team leader, and cooking meals for Celebrate Recovery.

 

He’s been very blessed and desires to be of service to his Lord and Savior at NewCov and in our community.

KARL A. PREHEIM

Karl was born and raised in Big Creek, California – the 7th of 8 kids to his parents.

 

He has been working as a Wealth Advisor for 29 years at Team Preheim Financial.

 

His wife for life is Amy Elizabeth Preheim. They’ve been together for 24 years, and married for 22 years. They have three sons: Stone 20, Seth 19, and Nathan 17.

 

Karl was raised Catholic, and accepted Christ when he was 25 as a non-denominational Christian.

 

He has been involved for 30 years in men’s bible study with Jan and NewCov.

 

He and his wife have attended NewCov for the last 12 years. Prior to coming to NewCov, they attended New Harvest for over 10 years.

RAY GERENA

Ray has been happily married to his beautiful wife Alexandra for 18 years. They have 3 sons: Adam 16, Jonathan 14, and Joshua 13.

 

In October of 2011, he had the opportunity to take a position in the Central Valley. After much prayer, they decided to accept the job and move here to Fresno. He promised his wife that after a couple years they would move back to the LA area. As the saying goes, if you want God to laugh….tell Him your plans. They are still happily in Fresno after 9 years, raising their family – and can’t imagine moving back.

 

Upon moving to Fresno, they made the rounds looking for a church home. They went to several different wonderful churches, but didn’t feel home until they walked into NewCov. They’ve been at NewCov for 7 years.

 

4 years ago, they attended NewCov’s family mission trip to Rancho De Sus Niños in Mexico. That mission quickly became a big part of their family, as they met many of the members of their very active life group there. He currently serves on the security team, and loves meeting so many church members while walking the campus. He loves mentoring and coaching young men, and serves as the Varsity Offensive Line Coach at Clovis North HS.

 

He is truly honored to be included in this process, and knows no matter what happens the Lord will guide our steps as a church.

 

“Thank you for taking a moment to read a bit about me. I am sure we will all serve to the best of our ability, when elected to do so. Next time you see me, say hello! God Bless You!”

TIM CONWAY

Tim is originally from the Washington, D.C. area. He met his wife, Suzanne, there in graduate school nearly 30 years ago. She convinced him to move to Fresno to live and work. They have three children: Ryan is 21, Sean is 19, and Juliana is 15.

 

He works as a school psychologist and a university professor. He has specialized in working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families. For 26 years, he worked for Fresno Unified School District and taught classes in the evenings part time. July 1st this year, he accepted a position working full time at Fresno Pacific University as their new Site Director of School Psychology and School Counseling Services at the Visalia Center campus.

 

He and his wife have attended NewCov for 12 years. Their children grew up in the youth programs. He has been very involved in the church’s mission work in Mexicali, Mexico over the years. They look forward to the day when they are again able to worship with and support our brothers and sisters in Mexico.

 

Tim greatly appreciates this nomination to support the pastors and staff in serving the church community as a member of the Deacon Board.