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Liand Newby

Liand Newby


I was blessed to grow up in a family with parents and siblings who love Jesus and His Church. With both of my parents in bi-vocational ministry, I was able to see first-hand what it meant to live a life serving God and His people. At a very young age, I remember asking Jesus into my heart.

I like to describe my childhood salvation as walking from one light to an even brighter light, as I have always known Jesus and His love for me. Through various camp experiences and discipleship opportunities, I began to recognize how important it was to believe and live the gospel, not because my family did, but because I was personally and forever changed by Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross.

My senior year of high school, the church where I’d been attending and serving went through a difficult split. My view of the church was shattered, and I wanted nothing to do with corporate worship and serving His people. I knew how to study God’s Word on my own and convinced myself that there was no need for gospel-centered community.After months of isolation and disobedience, the Lord brought me to The Village Church in 2004. Because of my wrong view of the church, I didn’t become a Covenant Member until years later. I first had to face my fear of being hurt, as well as my sinful attitude toward the bride of Christ. In that, the Lord has used several convicting sermons and His people at The Village to help heal my heart and my skewed view of the church.

I met Chris in 2007, and we married in 2010. After graduating from the University of North Texas, the Lord saw fit that we stay in Denton, serving the collegiate community through the Baptist Student Ministry and rooting our lives in gospel-centered community. Our first child, Charlotte, was born in 2013. We are continually grateful for God to have called us to stay in Denton and make this place our home. It is an honor to serve the people of The Village Church and our city for the gospel of Jesus Christ.