Leadership at New Life Burbank

Jesus is the Head of the Body, the King of the Church, and the Lord of all.  He is our True Pastor, and Chief Shepherd.  He is the one in charge here.

Jesus calls certain men to serve Him by leading the church.  These men are called elders and deacons, and the Bible describes their qualifications in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.  We believe the proper way to lead in the church is modeled after Jesus who humbly "came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45)

Staff & Leadership

  • Jeff Tell 

    Senior Pastor

    Jeff split his childhood between Illinois and California, the son of a campus minister.  After college in San Diego, and after brief sojourns in the Mid-West and the American South he is glad to be back in California.  Jeff will meet you any time of day at Porto's, and is willing to let you buy him lunch at In-N-Out.  He will also attend a Dodgers game with you, but he will be rooting for the Cubs.

    "To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ."   Ephesians 3:8

  • Alan Armes

    Ruling elder

    Alan's former stomping ground was Pennsylvania, and he graduated with a degree in Art (Philosophy & Educational Ministries minors) from Houghton College, NY.  His current stomping ground is SoCal, where he was brought to work in Film & Television.  Along with his wife Debbie, 4 kids, and many pets, Alan enjoys exploring life in L.A., both indoors AND out.  Alan ALWAYS roots for the Dodgers, and is willing to have lunch with Pastor Jeff at In-N-Out ANYtime.
    "Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen."  Ephesians 3:20-21

  • Edgar figueroa

    Ruling elder

    Edgar is Central American by birth.  His parents and sister migrated to California when he was an infant. He was raised in a Christian home, where his father, a pastor with the Spanish Church of the Nazarene planted churches throughout the Central Valley.

    At the age of 18 Edgar joined the US Navy. In 2007 he was honorably discharged, and moved to LA where he currently serves with the California Highway Patrol.   Edgar is a husband and father and has a passion for serving God and his church.

  • brandon copeland

    ruling elder

    Brandon is native to Southern California. He, his wife Michelle, and 4 kids live in Lancaster, CA.  Brandon has been a Hospice Chaplain since 2013.  He has been a part of New Life since 2016.  He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, food, sports, movies, and playing basketball.  

  • Phil han


    Phil has been serving New Life Burbank as a deacon since 2006. He is married to Emily with two boys, Elliot and Evan. Phil enjoys almost all forms of entertainment, including foods, books, film, TV, sports, etc., and most of all, his Michigan Wolverines.

  • jason ro


    An engineer by day and a family-man by night, Jason has been a deacon at NLB since 2008. Jason enjoys fishing, the Lakers and watching his kids play sports. Jason and JiYoung have three children.