Our Leaders

Doug Becker, Senior Pastor

Doug’s life mission is to make Christ known and adored through the teaching of God’s Word. Doug has extensive experience in a broad range of ministries, such as inner city, addiction, counseling, teaching and preaching, youth, young adults, elderly, and music. He holds a BA in Bible and Theology from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL, and a Master of Arts in Old Testament and Semitic Languages from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. Before coming to us, he taught Old Testament in Moody’s Bible institute and served as an intern pastor at Jacksonville Chapel in Lincoln Park.

Doug’s wife, Jamie, has faithfully supported him in ministry and in life for over ten years, and together they are the proud parents of Caraline Faith, who was born in late 2010, Katie Grace, whom they adopted from China in May of 2014, and two other children whom they are in the process of adopting through the New Jersey foster care system. Jamie has a heart for ministering to women and children, and leads our children’s Sunday school, women’s ministry, and our Moms of Treasures Tea for mothers of children with special needs.
In his spare time, Doug runs, plays lacrosse, and makes electronic music.
Feel free to contact Doug at pastordougnbbc@gmail.com or 973-600-4807.
Jimmy Hwang, Elder
Jimmy has been an elder at New Beginnings since 2015. He serves faithfully as the leader of our Montville small group. In addition, he’s one of our resident tech gurus, which means you should really be nice to him!
Lynn Vallimont, Elder
Hailing originally from central PA, Lynn’s exposure to God growing up was limited to grace before meals, vacation Bible school during summer, and attending a local Methodist church for a few weeks as a teen. In 1983, at Penn State, he committed his life to Christ. His first term as an elder was at a Presbyterian church in Huber Heights, Ohio, while serving in the US Air Force. Most of his early spiritual growth came through his involvement in the Officer’s Christian Fellowship Bible studies at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
After this, he and his wife, Abbie, moved to Reading, PA, where he was involved in the men’s group and helped videotape sermons at Exeter Bible Church. In 1994, he was transferred to New Jersey, where Abbie began teaching at Northwest Christian School and he began training for eldership at Grace Church on the Mount in Netcong, where Lynn continues his involvement in several ministries.
In early 2013, Lynn and Abbie found New Beginnings through a search on the 9 Marks of a Healthy Church website, 9marks.org. After checking out some sermons online, they began attending regularly. They became members, and Lynn volunteered to lead one of the small groups, which he continues to this day. Lynn has served as an elder since 2016.