Lee Alder

Testimony

I was very blessed to grow up in a strong Christian home. I went to church regularly and accepted Christ as a young child. My faith became more personal to me when I was in middle school and became involved in the youth group. In youth group, I became good friends with some of the youth leaders who served as strong Christian mentors. Those men helped me grow in my faith and I still talk to those men 30 years later. I have sinned and fallen short, but I thank God for His grace and his guiding hand in my life. He has brought me from my hometown of Pittsburgh PA to New City Fellowship in Fredericksburg
VA. I am thankful for the friends and mentors He has brought into my life at New City who have continued to help me grow in my faith and give God the glory.

Biography

• Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and became a Christian at a young age
• Met my wife while teaching in Spotsylvania, VA and we were married in 1999
• My wife and I have three children: Max, Bella, and Elsie Jane
• I graduated from Westminster College with a B.S. in Mathematics in 1998 and received a M.S. in System Engineering from George Mason University in 2008
• I started attending New City Fellowship in 2001

Bob Becker

Testimony

I am amazed God loved and loves a sinful wretch like me.

I grew up in a violent household. My father was an alcoholic and sometimes when drunk would beat my mother. Like many homes under such circumstances with 6 children there was also fighting between brothers, and brothers and sister. Yes, my one and only sister was in on it too, except she had to defend herself against all five brothers! At least for me, there was no peace.

Though raised in a religious home, my view of God was so messed up. I saw God as a wrathful God ready to wipe me out if good deeds did not out number my bad deeds. I tried to be moral and not get into trouble but failed miserably. I felt so cut off from God. One day in a church I heard a verse from the Bible that changed my life forever; 16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (Jn. 3:16 ESV). God loves me? I was shocked. He sent His Son to die on a cross so all those who believed in Him and His work will have their sins forgiven and receive eternal life? I just needed to admit I was one of those sinner Jesus died for and needed to receive Him into my life as my Lord and Savior? God was not out to get me, but out to save me? I will then seek to obey His commandments in the Bible out of gratitude for what He did for me? No way?

I found after saying “Yes” to Jesus, God meant what He said. What a difference He has made in my life! Though I still sin, God still loves me and forgives me, because I am one of his children. We have an eternal relationship! God's love brought me peace. Jesus said; 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (Jn. 14:27 ESV. The Lord has brought great blessings into my life. A stable life with a wife and four children, and a great family of fellow followers of Jesus Christ. Yet one thing has not changed even as a pastor; I still sin. When I do, I repent asking God for His strength to stop sinning. I know by trusting Jesus and His work those sins are forgiven me, even though I do not deserve such forgiveness.
 
Remember, we can do nothing to save ourselves. We can never be good enough, because with God only perfection counts. Jesus being fully God lived a perfect life and therefore offered to His Father a perfect sacrifice, a substitute for us being also fully man, paying the penalty of death for our sins. God sees us as not guilty because we have been given Christ’s perfect righteousness by grace through faith. We just need to believe in Jesus’ person and work. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Eph. 2:8-9 ESV). I pray you will come to know the joy I have known just by saying “Yes” to Jesus. The Lord bless you!

Biography

1. Born in Buffalo, NY
2. Became a Christian at age 14
3. Met his wife Carol in High School and they were married in 1979. They have four children: Melody, Gretchen, Nicholas and Grace.
Went to Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA from 1975-1978. He graduated with a BA in religious studies from S.U.N.Y at Buffalo in 1979, and with a Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA in 1984.
5. From 1982-1984 served as a youth director in Souderton, Pennsylvania. In 1984 Carol and Bob moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia where Bob served as a youth pastor until 1992 at New Life in Christ Church. In the same church, he became both a College Minister and Missions Pastor from 1992-1993.
6. In May 1994, he started New City Fellowship of Fredericksburg. New City Fellowship was started around the vision to bring people of different ethnicities, cultures and economic classes into one fellowship through the cross of Jesus Christ.

Carol Becker

Testimony

As a child, I attended church weekly with my family, but viewed this as only a ritual. I never heard about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I feared God’s wrath and was extremely afraid of the afterlife. One of my sisters attended an afterschool bible study at our high school led by Bob Becker. She invited me, and I began attending. In telling my sister about my fears of the afterlife, she read some passages from the book of Revelation.

Rev.21:3-5 “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” I found comfort and hope in these words. I continued to attend the bible study and began to desire to know Jesus personally. On Easter Sunday, Bob Becker and I joined hands in prayer, and I prayed for the Lord’s forgiveness of my sins, His dwelling in my heart, and His Lordship over my life. He had given me a new heart!

I can’t begin to imagine my life without the Lord. As the song says, “If it had not been for the Lord on my side, where would I be?” I praise the Lord for HIS FAITHFULNESS to me. Though I was His enemy, He was “on my side” and saved my soul through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I know God continues to work in my life, conforming me to the image of His Son (Rom.8:29) and bringing His good work in me to completion (Philippians 1:6).

Biography

Born and raised in Buffalo, New York. Youngest of 4 sisters in an all-Polish family. Met Bob Becker in High School. Bob and Carol married in 1979. In 1981 they moved to Pennsylvania where Bob attended seminary. In 1984 they moved to Virginia where Bob began his ministry. They have four children: Melody, Gretchen, Nicholas, and Grace, 2 son-in-laws: Eric and Mike, and 3 grandchildren, with more on the way.

Carol became a Christian on Easter Sunday, at the age of 15. Soon after, she began singing and playing piano in numerous Christian Contemporary and Black Gospel groups, ministering at schools, state prisons, and churches. Throughout the years, Carol has worked in various church ministries: youth leader, Sunday school teacher, Pioneer Club leader, children’s choir director, adult choir director, and worship leader. She has been teaching piano since 1985. She currently serves as Assistant Music Director at New City Fellowship.

Craig Clarke

Testimony

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33

Upon my birth, the only Christian in my family was my mother. Over time, thanks to her faithfulness and prayers, the Gospel spread throughout our family. Being the third of four boys, it is safe to say that I am a product of a rather masculine upbringing. Yet, a woman walking with Jesus is what created the biggest spiritual impact on us. My mom tried her best as she took us to church while we were growing up, at times against our will. The Lord sealed the deal when my oldest brother Jay came to know the Lord in his mid-20s and led me and my little brother Philip to Christ we were 16 and 14 respectively. The ministry of Perimeter Church discipled me as a young Christian and figures prominently in my growth as a believer. A few years later, the Lord took my brother Philip home after he was killed in an accident; an event that will always be with me; a tragedy that the Lord continues to redeem for His glory.

After burying a brother and a wife, the Lord continues to impress upon me the same exhortation Paul gave to Timothy. “Share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” (2 Timothy 1:8-10). The Lord continues to redeem loss and struggles in my life so I know that we are “to walk by faith, not by sight.” As Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:1-8:
For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.  

Swimming in what often times feels like deep water, God produces eternal hope by redeeming extreme difficulty and suffering to produce hope. Romans 5:2-5:
Through Jesus we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Despite at times amounts what amounts to disbelief and sinful disobedience, this supernatural process detailed in Romans 5 takes over. This process almost sounds like a math equation: suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope. This process is exhausting and painful, until that moment you realize hope comes out on the other end while producing endurance and character. Suffering produces hope.

In this short passage, we see all the persons of the Trinity at work: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. In addition, we see at the beginning of the passage that it starts with Jesus and the Cross. Suffering and difficulty can only make sense when it is redeemed at the Cross with the suffering Christ. So, through Christ we stand in unfathomable grace that is unmerited and not deserved. From this spot and this spot alone do we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory and begin to rejoice in the suffering and difficulties as we see the eternal hope produced.
 
So, as followers of Christ, we rejoice not only in the future glory of heaven but in present trials and sufferings, not because they are pleasant, but because they produce this transformative sequence of events that makes believers more like Christ. And, it produces hope where worldly thought only sees despair.

Biography

I am a native of Atlanta, born and raised specifically in Dunwoody. I matriculated at several institutions of higher learning: the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, George Mason University, and Marine Corps Command and Staff College. The fruit of these matriculations include an undergraduate degree in History, a Master's of Arts in American History, and a Master's of Military Studies.

In 1999, the Lord blessed me beyond measure with a wife named Tracey, until He called her home in December 2013 after a valiant battle with brain cancer. God blessed me yet again in July 2016 beyond measure when I wed my wife Brianne, who’s love for Jesus and her vibrancy in pursuing spiritual growth is evident daily.

I love to hike and kayak; just about anything outdoors or sports related. Baseball is my favorite sport and I am always up to either play or spectate when it comes to hardball. My favorite thing to do in the entire world to spend time with family and friends connecting about life.