Our Team

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Troy Smith

Lead Pastor

Pastor Troy became Senior Pastor of NLC in January, 2021. Pastor Troy grew up in Bonne Terre MO and was raised in a Catholic home. At the age of 18 yrs old he married his wife, Yvette and gave his life to Christ at a Pentecostal Church.  Pastor Troy has been actively involved in an Assembly of God church since the time of his marriage and has been a Pastor for over 10 years.


Pastor Troy and Yvette have one son, TJ. In his spare time he enjoys golf, baseball and watching a good race on TV. He also enjoys spending time with his family and watching TJ play sports.


Pastor Troy’s vision for NLC is for it to be a beacon of hope to our Community, a place where God radically transforms lives. In a time where the world is divided, our prayer is for the Church to be a guiding light for the hurting and for God to make a difference in every life touched or impacted by NLC’s Ministry.


Justin Nettles

Youth/Young Adults Pastor

A product of the church's earlier years, Justin Nettles has returned and joined the NLC team as of October 2015. He was called into the ministry at age 16 and began preaching and ministering at the age of 20.  He has a desire to see all students grow in a deeper relationship with Christ and impact their peers.  Justin oversees the Student and Young Adult ministries of NLC.  In addition, Justin is a middle school teacher and a football and baseball coach.  He enjoys spending time with family and friends, hunting, fishing, sports, and especially CARDINALS BASEBALL!