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Say hello to the leadership team at Compassion Waverly.

Meet our leadership

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Kody Newcomb - Lead Pastor

Kody Newcomb was born and raised in Memphis, TN! He knew from a young age that working in ministry was his purpose in life. For 5 years, Kody served at two Compassion Locations as their Student Director. In 2018, Kody and his wife Samantha, became the Interim Lead Pastors at the Compassion Waverly location. Kody is a big time Memphis Grizzlies fan, has what he calls “the perfect wife,” and truly believes that if you follow God’s plan, God’s way, you will always get God results! 

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“Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.” - Kody Newcomb

Samantha Newcomb - Worship Director

Samantha Newcomb sang her first song on a stage most of us are familiar with; the coffee table in the living room of her home in West Memphis, AR. She didn't always feel the call to ministry, but has always loved music. Originally pursuing a career in medicine and pediatrics, God called her to focus on music ministry and for the last 12 years she has done just that. She joined Compassion Church in 2014 and serves as the Worship Director for the Waverly Location. Her heart beats to mentor other worship leaders, experience God's presence through worship, invite congregations to experience the same, and see God get all the credit. 

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“Always strive for progress, not perfection.” - Samantha Newcomb

Katelyn Hefta - Kids Director

Katelyn Hefta has been volunteering in kids ministry for as long as she can remember. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Music Education At Evangel University in 2014. She first became a kids pastor in California in 2015. In 2016 she and her family moved to Dickson Tennessee and came on staff at Compassion Church as the Dickson Location’s Kids Director. She is passionate about creating an environment that allows people, kids, parents, and families to find Jesus right where they are. She and her husband Erik, and her two daughters,Charlie and Marlo, Love the city of Waverly and cannot wait to see what God does through this community. 

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“When we stop seeing kids as our FUTURE and we start seeing them as our find Christ, parents find belonging, and families find restoration.” - Katelyn Hefta

Michelle McCaleb - Connections Director

Michelle McCaleb says thankful is one of the best words to describe her. She is thankful for Compassion Church and the opportunity to serve as the Connections Director. Her heart’s desire is to reach others for the Lord. She believes getting people connected to Life groups and serving on a dream team lines up perfectly with our vision: To see people saved, freed, restored, and fulfilled. Michelle leads a life group, gets much joy from sharing the word of God through weekly jail ministry, and she is the writer of a newspaper ministry called “Giving God the Credit”. She is married to Jeff and they have three adult children, and four grandchildren. When she is not serving as the Connections Director she spends her time writing devotional books. She is the author of several devotional books and her latest titled “Jesus, Coffee & Lipstick.” She enjoys spending time with family and having a day where nothing is planned.

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“That’s the God I serve.” - Michelle McCaleb

Susan Watts - Pastoral Care

Susan Watts "Jesus is Lord over all." Susan started serving Jesus by serving others later in life.  She has always loved helping people, but failed to get His point in Matt. 25:40 …” I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me." She believes that it’s wonderful to follow God’s leaders and “do the good things He planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10).  She counts herself as very blessed. Susan is married to Jerry, a like minded man, and has two delightful grown children.

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“I FORGIVE ALL!” - Susan Watts

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