Learn a little bit about our leaders

The leaders at New City are passionate about intersecting the message of Christ with the people of Phoenix, using their time and talent in meaningful ways as they go about life beyond the church. Our team believes in serving Jesus in all of life.



Brian Kruckenberg

LEAD PASTOR

Brian Kruckenberg

Brian has been married to his wife, Gina, since 1999 and is a proud father of three. Valley residents since 2005, Brian and Gina love living in urban Phoenix. Brian and Gina, along with a handful of friends, began the initial planning for what would become New City Church in 2010, and the church held its first public service as New City on February 27, 2011. Brian’s driving passion is to make God known through leading a church that loves God, loves others, and makes disciples who live out their faith in the places they live, work, study and play. Before his life as a pastor, Brian practiced law as an e-Commerce Attorney at Stinson Morrison Hecker, LLP in Kansas City. Later he worked as Corporate Counsel for Sprint Corporation, before leaving the full-time practice of law for the role of Family Pastor at his local church in Kansas City. Since making a career transition in 2004, Brian has earned a Doctorate in Ministry (D.Min.) from Bethel Seminary. Brian also holds bachelor’s (B.A.) and master’s (M.A.) degrees in Communication.

Nate Benner

PASTOR OF COMMUNITY GROUPS AND ADULT DISCIPLESHIP

Nate Benner

Nate’s role at New City is to help people in their discipleship process through community groups and various adult ministries. Nate and his wife, Alyssa, have two little boys. They love living in the city and being active outside. Nate earned a Master’s of Divinity (M.Div) from Phoenix Seminary.

Mike Bhatti

DIRECTOR OF CONNECTION

Mike Bhatti

Mike’s role at New City is to connect people to the church and to each other. His heart is to help propel people in their faith and see them flourish in every aspect of life. Mike is married to the love of his life, Jessica. He earned his B.S. in Christian Ministry with an influence in Counseling from Arizona Christian University and Moody Bible Institute.

Courbyne Bufford

DIRECTOR OF NEW CITY STUDIO

Courbyne Bufford

Courbyne curates and coordinates our art gallery, New City Studio.

Kendall Dooley

PASTOR OF STUDENT MINISTRIES

Kendall Dooley

Kendall lives to make known the love of Jesus in a engaging and authentic way and wants to see middle and high school students flourish in their relationship with God and others. Kendall spent the majority of his life being raised in Iowa and then moved to Phoenix in order to graduate from Arizona State University. He enjoys watching movies and biking around the valley.

Toni Duty

PASTOR OF NEW CITY KIDS

Toni Duty

Toni’s role is to oversee all things kid related - from the newest additions through the 4th grade. She has a passion to see kids grow in to their own relationship with God. Toni is a Phoenix native, married to her high school sweetheart, Nathan, and has two amazing teenage boys, Skyler and Tegan. Her noteworthy skills include the ability to hula hoop on one foot, juggle fire, and concocting fake skills.

Steve Eriksson

EXECUTIVE PASTOR

Steve Eriksson

As the Executive Pastor, Steve guides the staff day-to-day to ensure their ministries are working together to fulfill the mission that God has given us. He is married to his wonderful wife, Kirstie, and they have two terrific kiddos, Elsa and Ethan. When he is not at work, he is playing games, swimming, traveling, coaching sports, or just watching TV/movies with his family.

Steven Keller

DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE MINISTRY

Steven Keller

Steven’s role is to connect college aged students to the broader church through people and programs at New City. Prior to coming on staff, he was a faithful volunteer for many years. He is married to an amazing woman, Brooke. They can be found hiking, trying new restaurants, and cheering on the Lakers (boo, Go Suns!).

Daireth Klein

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR

Daireth Klein

Daireth’s mission is to use the gifts God has given her to provide administrative support to the staff, so that they can focus their time and energy on serving our community. Daireth and her husband, Matt, have four daughters, Katy, Maddy, Irelynn & Tatum. She graduated from Oklahoma State University and is an avid sports fan.

Courtney Moser

MINISTRY ADMIN ASSISTANT

Courtney Moser

Courtney assists in ministry communications and administrative support at New City. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in journalism. Courtney and her husband Ryan have one crazy toddler boy, Griffin. When she isn’t chasing him around, she loves writing, baking and hiking.

Jina Olbinski

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Jina Olbinski

Jina’s role at New City is to administratively support the Lead Pastor, as well as internally manage the church finances. She is the wife of a talented photographer, Mike, and a happily exhausted mom of three active kids, Lyla, Eli, and Asher. She graduated from Arizona State University and likes writing, coffee, and subpar TV.

Sarah Stevens

FAMILY MINISTRIES ASSISTANT

Sarah Stevens

Sarah’s role is to bring administrative support New City Kids, Students, and Women's ministries. She and her husband, Caleb, love to travel all over the world. Sarah also loves a good DIY project. 

Ubani Ukuku

PASTOR OF JUSTICE & CARE

Ubani Ukuku

Ubani equips and trains those at New City to administer justice and care for others. In addition, she maintains relationships with various organizations around the valley that meet the needs of our community. She is a proud alum of the University of Georgia and a licensed attorney. Ubani loves sports, her Nigerian-Igbo heritage, and loving on people through hearing their stories.

Jeremy Wallace

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Jeremy Wallace

Jeremy handles New City’s visual arts including graphic design, photography and videography in an effort to capture and tell the amazing stories of the work God is doing in people’s lives. Prior to joining the team, he started a successful photo/video company. When he is not behind the camera, you can find him enjoying some of the best specialty coffee around the valley.