Our Staff

Senior Pastor

Chad Payne has been the Pastor at New Life Baptist since May of 2017. Pastor Chad is originally from Cornelia, Georgia. Pastor Chad holds a Master of Divinity degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is committed to faithfully preaching the word of God. He desires to see people come to faith in Jesus and grow in their faith. Chad is married to Julie and they have one son, Austin. If you wish to make contact with Pastor Chad, he can be reached by email at

Minister to Students & Families

Drew Yates serves New Life Baptist as the Minister to Students & Families. Prior to coming to New Life in 2020, Drew served in several churches in Alabama. Drew is married to Kim and they have three children: Ty, Eli and Avery. Drew loves students and has a real desire to make disciples of the next generation. Drew may be contacted at