NEW CITY LEADERSHIP
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.
Laura, Brian's lovely wife, is a stay-at-home mom, who cares for their two children. Amos is a silly 3 year old and Maisie is a smiley 1 year old. They are incredibly grateful to be a part of the New City family.
Katie moved to South Bend in 2017. Her ministry background includes worship, youth and children's ministry direction. She holds a degree from Reformed Theological Seminary and is a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at the University of Notre Dame. She and her husband Daniel have one son, Liam.
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 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.
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.