Our Leadership


Mike Veitz Lead Pastor


Mike and Suzanne met in Hollywood Beach, Florida, while each were on spring break! It was love at first sight. Mike and Suzanne were married in December of 2002 and have since had three children.

Mike graduated in 2006 from Moody Bible Institute with a bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Studies. Suzanne graduated from Indiana University with a BSN degree in nursing. In December of 2015, Mike graduated from Capital Theological Seminary and Graduate School with a Master of Arts in Church Planting. Before planting New River Fellowship, Mike completed a two-year residency with Spanish River Church in church planting.

In their free time, Mike and Suzanne enjoy snorkeling, fly-fishing, and hiking.


Krislyn Placide Worship Leader


Krislyn Placide is a worship leader born and raised in Palm Beach County. After graduating from Northwestern University in Chicago in 2013, she worked in the newspaper industry for several years, all the while battling mental illness, chemical dependency and codependency. Her recovery journey began in 2016 when she moved back home to South Florida and began to see a Christian counselor who walked alongside her and shared the gospel with her. Krislyn was encouraged to participate in Celebrate Recovery, which was another ministry that the Lord used to release her from bondage.

After getting baptized in 2017, she began to volunteer as a worship leader at Calvary Chapel West Boca and discovered her calling to the ministry. After going on her first mission trip to Peru in August 2018, she began full-time study at Ocean’s Edge School of Worship and graduated in June of 2019. She then had the opportunity to work with Village Hymns through a summer internship which placed her at Riverside Church in North Lauderdale.

With a passion for building the local church and with a strong community of leaders supporting her, Krislyn is grateful to serve New River Fellowship and is expectant and excited about what God is doing in Fort Lauderdale.


Our Vision

To make, equip, and send followers of Jesus…

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus Christ and he has commanded that we go and make disciples. New River Fellowship’s purpose is to go into Fort Lauderdale to seek the lost and to share the gospel through word and deed. When God saves His people, we will disciple them to be mature followers of Jesus, well equipped to be the salt and light where they live, work, and play.

…for the glory of God…

New River Fellowship exists to glorify God. We seek to do this by boldly proclaiming God’s Word, submitting our lives to the Holy Spirit, reaching our neighbors in word and deed, planting churches, and worshipping God with passion.

…the good of Ft. Lauderdale, South Florida, and the rest of the world.

By leading people to Jesus, discipling them, and sending them, we desire to have a positive impact on the culture of Fort Lauderdale. We pray that God will allow us to plant like-minded churches in Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, and the rest of the world.

Our Values


We seek to be passionate about Jesus. Our community life, preaching, singing, and discipleship flows from an understanding that Jesus is King.


Because God reveals himself through his Word, we are a church that places a high priority on Scripture. We desire that our growth in the knowledge of God would ignite an ever-increasing affection for God.


Out of the multitude, Jesus chose twelve. Out of the twelve, he chose three. We believe that Christian growth, equipping for Christian living, and training for leadership happens best within a life-on-life discipling relationship. We commit our time to investing in the lives of a few so that we may make mature, equipped disciples who are sent out as God’s ambassadors where they live, work, and play.

Church Planting

New River Fellowship desires to send trained and passionate followers of Jesus around the world to share the Gospel with their family and friends to start new churches.