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New Life Ministries names new executive leaders

New Life Ministries

The national broadcasting and counseling organization New Life Ministries has named Dave Thornton as President, succeeding Larry Sonnenburg, who has served in that position for 20 years. Mr. Sonnenburg will move to the new role of Vice-Chairman. 

Mr. Thornton has been serving as Chief Operations Officer. The moves were effective June 1.

New Life Founder and Chairman Steve Arterburn said: “Larry has provided two decades of outstanding leadership as we’ve provided help to millions through our broadcast, resources, intensive workshops, and counseling registrations. I’m grateful to God for his wise and faithful financial stewardship of our ministry.”

Mr. Arterburn added: “Dave has brought fresh perspective to our ministry based on his 25-year career in publishing. I’m looking forward to seeing God use some of the new initiatives he has helped us launch — like Lumina, the first major new experience for women we’ve introduced since Women of Faith back in 1996.”

New Life also announced the hiring of its first Chief Development Officer, Wayne Olson, a 20+ year veteran of fundraising leadership and author of five books on the topic.

“In my wildest dreams,” Arterburn said, “I didn’t believe New Life would be blessed by a true expert and respected author in the field of non-profit fundraising. Wayne brings a warmth and wit to his work that will be welcomed by all….and especially our wonderful donors.”

New Life Ministries was founded by Steve Arterburn in 1988 as New Life Treatment Centers. For over 30 years, the vision has been to reach people with Biblical truth and the best in psychological knowledge for emotional, physical, and spiritual transformation through media, events, and personal connection. Today New Life Ministries is a nationally recognized, faith-based, broadcasting and counseling non-profit organization providing ministry through radio, TV, a counseling network, workshops, support groups, and numerous written, audio, and video resources. All New Life resources are based on God’s truth and help those who are hurting find and build connections and experience life-transformation

The New Life Live! radio program is still the centerpiece of the ministry and is broadcast on Christian radio stations in more than 200 markets, including most major metropolitan areas, SiriusXM satellite radio, YouTube, and on the New Life Ministries app. New Life Live! can also be seen on NRBTV.

New Life’s passion is to reach out compassionately to those seeking emotional and spiritual health and healing for God’s glory. New Life Ministries’ Resource Center receives thousands of calls each month from those seeking help.

For interview requests or more information please contact Lisa Voyen, New Life Ministries Director of Communications at 469-554-7078 or [email protected]


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