Meet the New Life Staff

Pastor Rob Carlson

Rob Carlson has been the pastor at New Life since 1996. He is married to Dianna and has two children, Erin and Ryan.

As he’s related, his greatest thrill about being a pastor is to witness people growing in their spiritual lives and connecting in profound ways with God. “Life is intended to be a journey. It has it’s ups and downs; highs and lows. But what makes it all consistent, worthwhile, and leads to fulfillment and satisfaction is dancing the dance that God hardwired into our souls from our very beginning.”

Rob is a student of the church and culture, looking to explore the many ways that God impacts the world and calls us to be God’s heart, habits, and hands. He recently received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

Paula Severson

Director of Development

Paula and her family have attended New Life since 2006.  She is married to Erik and has one daughter Lilly.

Paula has served in a volunteer capacity at New Life on the Spiritual Resources Team, the Vision Team, the Welcome Team and with the worship band for the contemporary services.  Music has always been a large part of her life and she enjoys praising God with her voice.  She has found that the energy we give to God together in worship is very powerful and dynamic.

Paula’s focus is finding unique ways for us as a congregation to give of ourselves at New Life and beyond into our communities.  She loves the saying “Be who God created you to be and go where He calls you to go.”  Her path to New Life has been an exciting adventure.

For enjoyment, Paula loves to travel, play sports, play guitar, sing, and spend time with her family.

Education:  Bachelor’s Degree from UW-Whitewater

Becky Koch

Office Administrator & Family Faith Formation

Becky grew up in the Madison area.  She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Steven since 2000.  They have two precious children, Alyssa and Bryan.  After being hired at New Life Church in September 2011 as the Administrative Assistant, Becky and her family began attending Worship at New Life Church.  She fully believes God led her to New Life Church as a major step in her life journey.  The combination of community, acceptance and love you feel when coming to New Life Church has had a tremendous impact on her life.  In 2015, Becky’s position expanded to include coordinating the various events and classes at New Life Church.  In 2017, her position called her to include Family Faith Formation.  With her passion for children and families, this is a great expansion for her.

Becky has an Associate’s Degree in Meeting and Event Management from Madison Area Technical College and certifications in Professional Bridal Consulting and Business Management.

For fun Becky enjoys:  reading, dancing, and spending time with her family attending Badger games, hockey, volleyball, riding bikes, having picnics, camping or just goofing around.