Keith Watson (Macon)
After serving as the Lead Pastor of churches in Eastman, GA and Birmingham, AL as well as Missions and Discipleship Pastor in Macon, GA, Keith led a small core of people to plant New City Church in the heart of downtown Macon, GA in January of 2008.
Keith wears a number of hats serving as the Lead Pastor of New City Church Macon, an Area Leader for Acts 29 in Georgia, the President of the Board for The 567 Center for Renewal, and being heavily involved in downtown Macon’s renewal. He also loves his family much and enjoys riding motocross with his four sons, watching his daughter ride her horse and just hanging out with his wife, Amy. If you don’t find Keith downtown, you’ll find him with his family – or maybe you’ll find them all downtown!
Lawrence A. Robinson (Macon)
Elder / Preaching Pastor
Reverend Lawrence A. Robinson and Marilyn have been married over 30 years. They have three adult children, Lawrence Jr., Lamarion, & Benita. They have four grandchildren, Joshua and Caleb, Christian & Jonathan. Reverend Robinson is a graduate of Southeastern Bible College (B.A. Pastoral Theology), and Liberty University (M.R.E.). He is a teacher in the Bibb County school system. He and Marilyn have conducted several seminars on marriage and relationships throughout the years. They both enjoy ministry and those who love the Lord Jesus and His word. Both count it a privilege and joy to minister the goodness of God’s word.
Patrick McConnell (Milledgeville)
Patrick grew up in Sharpsburg, GA and came to know Jesus and Jennifer at West Georgia College through the ministry of Campus Outreach. After serving in the United States Air Force, he lived Washington State for 12 years where he served in two churches as a Youth Pastor and a Family Pastor. On hearing about the mission and vision of New City Church Macon, he moved his family back to the South to be a part of what God was doing in Middle Georgia. In August 2011, Patrick led the team that started New City Warner Robins, now known as Sojourn Church.
Patrick is passionate about adoption and orphan care. He co-founded an organization that continued to serve orphans in Ethiopia and Uganda. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy. In his spare time, you can find him on a date with his wife or playing with one of his kids. He takes great hope in the fact that though he is a great sinner, Christ is a great Savior.
Greg Wood (Macon)
Greg grew up in Macon and began following Jesus at the age of 18 when he started college at Mercer University. Though he had grown up in the church, it was not until college that the gospel really began to bear fruit in his life. Greg was involved with the planning and planting of New City Church and has served in various capacities as needed, including leading and playing in the worship bands, serving with the family ministry, helping teach the Gospel Christianity class, serving on the leadership team, and leading a Missional Community (MC). He and his MC served the residents of the Macon Rescue Mission, where Greg preached once a month. He began taking classes at Reformed Theological Seminary (Atlanta) in February 2009 to pursue further his love for God’s Word and to be better equipped for serving New City Church.
Greg and Wendy have enjoyed over ten years of marriage and have two sons, Elijah and Asa. Greg works for Mercer Engineering Research Center in Warner Robins as an aerospace engineer. A more complete testimony can be found at The Carpenters Project.
Donald E. Watkins, Sr. (Macon)
Donald grew up in Locust Grove, GA. By God’s grace, Donald became a Christian in 1985 at the age of 21. He has a passion for mediation and conflict resolution. He and his wife Lisa have been married for over 15 years. He and his wife are Prepare-Enrich facilitators, able to counsel engaged and married couples. They are the proud parents of three children: Donald Jr., Sean, and Brianna.
Arthur Lin (Macon)
Worship and Student Director
Arthur was born and raised in Americus, GA. He came to know Jesus in high school and graduated with a B.S. in Biology/Pre-Med from Georgia Southwestern. Erin and Arthur began dating and were married in May of 2011. They then moved to Louisville, KY where Arthur attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated with an M.Div. in Christian Ministries. Arthur has served in a variety of ministries such as SBTS's acapella vocal ensemble (Doxology), leading kids and college worship, and discipleship groups.
Arthur is passionate about singing God's Word and discipling others to see more of the greatness of God and His Son, Jesus Christ. He loves playing music with various instruments and styles. His hobbies include working out, tennis, a good movie or TV series, but most of all he loves spending time with his wife, Erin. They love the gift of fellowship and view it as a ministry.
Chris Brett (Milledgeville)
Chris has been a native of Milledgeville his entire life. His experience with leading people through music began at a the young age of 13. Over the course of his life Chris has had many opportunities to travel around the southeast and lead in churches for various events. His most recent experience was serving as worship pastor for 4 years at Westview Baptist Church.
Caleb Bedingfield (Macon)
Community & Connections Pastor
Caleb grew up in Dublin, GA and received Christ by his grace in 2009. He has served and led many short term mission trips (domestic and overseas), served on staff at two churches as a worship leader and youth pastor, and spent time as a missionary in the Dominican Republic.
He met his beautiful wife, Hanna, in Zambia in 2012 and they were married in Perry, GA in 2015. Now they are expecting their first child in September. Recently, they have been pursuing a more full understanding of the magnitude of God’s grace and love and that it should compel us to serve, love, and build relationships with those around us. They see the gospel advancing in their own neighborhoods when Christ-followers are passionate about living on mission in their day to day lives.
Caleb’s hope for New City Church is that as we have received Christ, we would also walk in him. He desires that our missional living would penetrate Macon’s culture (and beyond) and testify to all that God is for us. More than anything, He desires that God would be glorified by all manner of lives changed through the gospel, and that we would imitate Christ and love our community well. His hobbies include spending time with his wife, playing sand volleyball, trying new restaurants, and reading.
Amanda Christopher (Macon)
Amanda grew up in Warner Robins and came to know Jesus at an early age. She has been at New City since she was the intern in 2009. Ben and Amanda were married in 2010 and now have three children. Since moving to Macon in 2012, the Christophers have enjoyed getting to know the city, finding fun new places, and seeing it become even more beautiful. Ben and Amanda also have a deep desire to love orphans and are involved in foster care through Bibb County DFCS.
Amanda loves to serve at church in the band and with children. The Christophers were part of the group that planted New City Warner Robins (now Sojourn Church), led a missional community for two years, and love the family they have at New City. Amanda also helps coordinate weddings and other events at the church.
You can most often find Amanda on an adventure with her family, running behind on housework, or trying to get back into the habit of reading amid life's craziness.