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Cody Simmons // Elder

Cody moved to Longview in 2008. As God began to place a burden on the heart of Cody and his family for seeing their city saturated by the gospel, they chose to step out together in faith in order to reach those who feel disconnected from the local church. Their constant prayer is that Jesus would be central to everything they do and that He alone is glorified through their lives.

Cody graduated from Texas A&M University - Commerce with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science degree in Organizational Leadership and is working towards a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies at Liberty Theological Seminary. He has also served the local church as a Student Ministry Director and his country as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the United States Marine Corps. Cody and his wife Maggie have 2 children and enjoy spending time outdoors, going to the beach, and soccer.

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CJ White // Elder

In 2013, while living in Longview, the Lord began to stir CJ’s heart to be a part of what God was doing through church planting. The hope that is in Jesus drives CJ to see those far from God come to know and believe in the saving grace that is in Christ alone.

CJ was born and raised in Scottsdale, AZ. He received his B.A. in Commercial Advertising at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. After being led to pursue vocational ministry CJ attended the Church Planting Residency at Austin Stone Community Church. From there he came to New City Church with a desire to see a multiplication of disciples made and church planting churches started. CJ has been married to his best friend and wife Kelly for 13 years. The Lord has blessed them with two kids, Naya and Reef.