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

  • 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.