Annie’s passion is for everyone to encounter the living God and to authentically walk with Jesus Christ in the life of the church. She is deeply committed to empowering leaders within the church to live out their calling as "sent ones" from God. 

Annie grew up in Memphis, TN in the heart of the Bible belt. After high school, she ventured to the Midwest to attend college at Northwestern University right outside of Chicago, majoring in Psychology and Religion. It was here that Annie first became involved with ministry, participating in Young Life, a non-denominational parachurch ministry to high school students. After finishing up her years at Northwestern, Annie felt called by God to Boulder, CO to work at First Presbyterian Church in the youth ministry department. From here she found herself drawn to the great state of California to get her Masters in Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.

While studying at Fuller, Annie served as a volunteer in the Middle School Department here at Lake. She built relationships with the amazing kids of this church and soon found herself part of this beautiful church family. As her MDiv came to a close in 2008 and it was time to look for a job, Lake was a natural fit. She was drawn to Lake’s emphasis on racial reconciliation and building a multi-ethnic church that reflects Revelation 7:9’s picture of God’s family, and felt God’s call to come on staff as Middle School Pastor. Since 2014, Annie has served in a variety of roles here at Lake, and currently pastors our small group ministry. Annie has loved being at Lake over the last several years. It has become a home for her, a place where she has seen God at work. She is excited for what God will continue to do in the years to come!


Annie Neufeld

Annie Neufeld

Pastor of Small Groups