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. From college professor to professional drummer, and mountain tamer to foster parent—our team believes in serving Jesus in all of life.

Brian Kruckenberg / Lead Pastor

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.

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Steve Eriksson / Executive Pastor

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.

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JJ Spreitzer / Director of Family Ministries

For over 10 years, JJ has led children’s ministries and is passionate about partnering with parents to equip them through every phase of their family’s journey with Christ. Prior to ministry she was an on-air personality for KMXV-Kansas City. She and her husband, Jeremy, have a son and a daughter, Jackson and Jillianna.

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Ubani Ukuku / Pastor of Justice & Care

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.

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Kendall Dooley / Student Pastor

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.

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Mike Bhatti / Director of Connection

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.

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Nate Benner / Pastor of Groups & Discipleship

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 an energetic son named Silas. They love living in the city and being active outside. Nate earned a Master’s of Divinity (M.Div) from Phoenix Seminary.

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Tim Rahman / Worship Director

Tim’s role is to lead through worship in an effort to guide/inspire the church to then take the gospel out in to their lives. Tim and his wife, Kristin, have two boys, Jaden and Liam. In addition to his contributions at New City, he is also a producer and musician in the local arts scene, and he loves buying sneakers.

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Jeremy Wallace / Creative Director

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.

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Daireth Klein / Church Administrator

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.

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Jina Olbinski / Executive Assistant

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.

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At New City we are blessed with a diverse team of people who lead us in authentic worship through song. Under the direction of Tim Rahman, we have three primary worship leaders and close to fifty others who play, sing and support the worship arts ministry at New City.