Rev. David Eckstadt and his wife Saundra came to New Life Church in 1993. Both were raised as preacher's kids, giving them a unique insight into the pastoral ministry.
Pastor David was born in Waterbury, Connecticut and his early childhood was spent living in several states as his father started home mission churches, served as a pastor in: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, and Ohio, taught in several bible colleges and evangelized; until his death in 1978. David felt the call of God to minister at the age of 19. During 35+ years of ministry he has ministered as a youth pastor, evangelist and an associate pastor in Birmingham, Alabama for 7 years prior to coming to New Life Church.
Saundra was born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in the south just outside of New Orleans in Covington, Louisiana, where her father pioneered a church and was a pastor there for many years. Pastor David and Saundra have been married for 34 years. Saundra has worn many hats over the years; she currently serves as music director. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Management with an emphasis in Human Resource Management and a Masters Degree in Human Resource Development from Webster University in St. Louis.