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Don Francis


Brian was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States when he was 8 years old. He spent much of his growing up years in the Bay Area, but became a follower of Jesus in Chicago. Brian received his M.Div from Westminster Seminary in California. He was an associate pastor in Olympia, WA, prior to coming to South Bend.

Brian's lovely wife, Laura, is a stay-at-home mom, who cares for their 3 children: Amos (5), Maisie (3), and Jesse (8 mo.). They are incredibly grateful to be a part of the New City family.

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Evan Ragland

Leadership Team

Evan and his wife Zoe married in 2003 and are usually hard at work raising their four kids, Charlotte, Josiah, Christopher, and Lucy. Zoe is a native of northern Indiana, where she grew up a Christian, and Evan was baptized in college. They moved to South Bend in 2015. They are grateful to serve, suffer, and rejoice together at New City.


Ben Pykare

Leadership Team

Ben Pykare grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, raised by parents who shared with him their faith in Jesus Christ. He attended Moody Bible Institute and Princeton Theological Seminary, seeking training to become a minister. Along the way, he fell in love with his high school sweetheart Clara, and they married in 2016. In seminary, Ben discovered his passion for religious history and is now pursuing a doctoral degree in medieval studies at the University of Notre Dame. Ben and Clara have been blessed with two boys, Ransom and August, and also feed a dog named Peggie.

Debbie Pavey


Leadership Team

Debbie is a native Hoosier who did decide to escape to Wheaton, IL for college. She met her husband Nathan while she was in medical school and brought him to South Bend, IN for her family medicine residency. She is now a practicing family physician in LaPorte, IN, and is excited to serve her New City family!

Nathan Pavey

Worship Team

Nathan grew up in Illinois and became a Hoosier in 2016 after graduating from Taylor University. He and his wife Debbie moved to South Bend during the height of the pandemic. His experience with worship music goes back to 2008 when he played guitar in his high school worship team. He works as a Chemist in the fragrance and flavor industry.



Abby Rayi

Staff Team

Abby Rayi moved to South Bend in 2021. She met her husband Samson in Indianapolis, shortly after he arrived in the States from India to earn his Master’s degree. She has been working in  International Student ministry since she graduated from Indiana University in 2013. Abby, Samson, and their dog Charlie are thankful to be part of the New City family.​

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