ASHLEA ANDERSON, Teen Life Director
Ashlea started working in the office as the Office Coordinator at the end of October 2017 and transitioned to the Teen Life Director in August of 2021. Before this, Ashlea was a teacher, coach, Dean of Women at a Lutheran camp, as well as serving as a volunteer in Student Ministry throughout the years. When she found out she was going to have her first baby, she decided to take some time off from teaching to raise her daughter. When the position at New Life opened, it was the perfect opportunity to step back into work/ministry life to be able to use her abilities at New Life to serve our teens, families, and staff.
Educationally, Ashlea graduated from Concordia University Nebraska with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, an emphasis in Physical Education, an endorsement in Coaching, and her Lutheran Teacher Certificate. Along with getting her Bachelor’s, Ashlea played four years of collegiate volleyball and found her future husband, Ben, in the process.
Ashlea and Ben have been married since June 2012 and welcomed their daughter, Kinslee in June 2017, their son Kooper in November 2018, said goodbye to their son Korban in 2020, whom they lost to pregnancy complications, and are looking forward to another child in November. For Ashlea, there is no greater joy than being a wife, mommy, and servant of Christ.
Along with serving at New Life throughout the week, you can find Ashlea behind the Joyous Java coffee bar on Sundays making specialty coffee drinks and around town spending time with her family.