Through a long-time relationship with Senior Pastor Dan Carroll of Water of Life Church in Rancho Cucamonga, CA., we were invited to visit a work with which they were involved in Cambodia. From that trip God forged a partnership with New Life Fellowship, the church Pastor Dan and his congregation have been supporting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and its senior pastor, Jesse McCaul.
From left to right - Pastor Jesse McCaul, the senior Pastor of New Life Fellowship in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia, Pastor Michael Rozell of Potter's Field Ministries, and Pastor Dan Carroll of Water of Life Church in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
About Pastor Jesse and Soar McCaul
Jesse McCaul was born and raised in Oregon, USA and moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 1995 when he was seventeen years old. Though raised in a Christian home, it wasn't until his late teen years that Jesse began to seek a personal relationship with the Lord and decided to wholeheartedly live for God. Never having had any dreams or desires to be in full-time Christian ministry, Jesse's desire was only to be used by God. Jesse worked in various spheres in Phnom Penh, including becoming a well-known English teacher, known nation-wide as" Dr. English", managing several schools and helping set up the Christian Broadcasting Network's (CBN) offices in Phnom Penh. During that time, Jesse was also very involved in the beginning years of New Life Fellowship of Churches in Cambodia, teaching Bible studies, out of which have come several of New Life's top leaders. In 1997, Jesse met his wife, Soar, and they were married in January 2000.
In 2001, Jesse and Soar felt the Lord urging them to commit themselves to being used in New Life Fellowship of Churches on a full-time basis, so in faith Jesse stepped down from his work outside the Church. In 2004, Jesse began to pastor New Life Fellowship Phnom Penh, the founding Church in New Life Fellowship of Churches, Cambodia and a solid Cambodian leadership team began to be assembled. In 2007, Jesse began to oversee the entire work of New Life Fellowship of Churches, Cambodia. Soar, with her own unique areas of giftings has also been involved in Christian ministry for many years, including hosting the popular Christian television show One Cubed on Cambodian national television. Their daughter, Jessica, was born in 2006 and their son, Josiah, followed in 2011.
Jesse is now the Senior Pastor of New Life Fellowship Phnom Penh and the Overseer of New Life Fellowship of Churches Cambodia. He is also the Country Director of New Life Foundation, a non-profit humanitarian organization doing relief and development work in Cambodia with a particular focus on the education sector. Jesse and Soar consider Cambodia their home and are passionate about planting churches and ministering to the poor.