About

New City Church is committed to the following principles

  • Christ is at the center of everything we do.
  • What God wants for his church is more important than what we want.
  • Love and unity in the church should grow as the church grows.
  • Our gospel witness includes both the words and deeds of the church.
  • People are more important than programs.
  • Generosity is our duty and our privilege.

Our Mission

We are wasting our time if Christ hasn’t been raised from the dead.  
 
So says Paul in the New Testament.  In other words, the Christian faith is not founded on an idea or a ritual, but on a real-life person: Jesus Christ.  And the good news (or ‘gospel’) of Jesus is that his death and resurrection achieved something we never could: namely, a way to be right with God.
 
At New City Church, above all, we desire to be the people of Christ.  We want to think about Christ (Heb 3:1), marvel at Christ (2 Thess 1:10), know Christ (Phil 3:10), follow Christ (John 12:26), even be like Christ (1 John 2:6).  That last one is especially difficult.  But through the Spirit of God, for the last 2,000 years now, the gospel has been proclaimed by the church on every continent, in hundreds of languages, to billions of people.  And through belief in that gospel, men are made right with God.  We are stepping into that tradition and continuing to spread that message in Ankeny today.  But it’s not just a tradition.  It’s not just a message.  It’s the work of a living, real-life person:  the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
 
And thankfully, that work is shared in community.  If you desire to know Christ and be a part of his community, or if you have a bunch of questions or doubts about what that means, we would love to meet you.  You’re invited to a New City worship service this Sunday (and every Sunday), we hope to meet you there.

Meet Our Staff

Adam Beecher

Lead Pastor

Adam grew up in West Bend, Iowa.  At age 14, he asked God to forgive him of his sins and committed to follow Christ for the rest of his life.

He married his wife, Gina, while he was at the University of Iowa studying Film and Journalism. His aspiration was to be a famous filmmaker, which took Adam and Gina out to New York City for a couple of years.

He did not become famous.

Instead, they moved back to Iowa where God was working in Adam’s heart and gave him a passion to teach kids about the same Jesus that saved him when he was younger. He went on to earn a Master’s degree through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Today, he’s the lead pastor at New City Church and lives in Ankeny with Gina and their 3 kids Luke, Benjamin, and Noel.

Nathan Nemmers

Pastor of Worship and Administration

Nathan had the privilege to be raised in a home with parents who loved the Lord and served Him in full time Christian ministry.  Although he grew up learning much about God and the Bible he held on to a profession of faith that was not saving faith. His life was not transformed by the gospel until the age of 17 when God saved him from his sins (Rom. 10:9-10).

Nathan met his wife Susan in college where he received a youth ministry degree. Upon getting married in 2001 together God led them to a full time ministry in Indiana working with children and teens. God directed them back to Iowa where Nathan received a Master of Divinity degree at Faith Baptist Theological Seminary. 

As Nathan was finishing seminary while interning at Saylorville Church, in God’s sovereignty, Saylorville Church decided to start a new church in 2005 where Nathan and Susan and the start of their family were part of a small team that helped start the Engage Network’s first church plant Lakeside Fellowship in Polk City. In 2011 Nathan took a fulltime roll at Lakeside Fellowship until God called him to be a part of the Engage Network’s fifth church plant, New City Church where he currently serves in Ankeny.

Nathan and Susan have 3 children Jackson, Madison, and Jacinda.

Chuck De Cleene

Pastor of Evangelism

Chuck was raised in a strong Roman Catholic family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After one year of college, Chuck enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed in Bellevue, Nebraska. It was there that his commanding officer, Doug Comstock, explained the gospel to him for the first time. On June 29, 1970, Chuck accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior in Doug’s backyard.
 
After finishing his Air Force tour of duty, Chuck pursued a Bible college education. Following three years of work in the secular workforce, Pastor DeCleene continued his education at Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, Maryland receiving a Master of Divinity degree. He has served as the pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Carroll, Iowa and was a missionary in Equador from 1993-1998 until he was forced to return home due to family health issues.
 
After teaching for one year at Tennessee Temple in Chattanooga, TN, Chuck joined the faculty at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, IA. Chuck was the Pastor of Evangelism at Saylorville Church from 2007 to 2019 until he was sent to the Engage Network’s fifth church plant, New City Church in Ankeny, Iowa.
 
Chuck and his wife Dianne have four children and ten grandchildren.

Angela Hall

Office Administrator

Angela was born into a God-loving family in Bondurant, Iowa. But it wasn’t until she graduated from Iowa State University that she finally grasped the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus. She then knew riding on her parents’ coattails, church attendance, and being a good person weren’t going to secure eternity in Heaven.

She has a heart for relationships and the gift of mercy. Her favorite passage from the Bible is Psalms 34. She not only spends her time serving at New City, but she also teaches a prenatal course at MercyOne in Des Moines for expectant families of multiples. She lives in Ankeny with her husband Joel and their four children (Natalie, Charlotte, Greta, and Cooper).