Ryan grew up in St. Cloud, MN until he and his family moved to Appleton, Wisconsin at the age of twelve. It was in high school that Ryan met his beautiful bride-to-be, Amanda, and also felt a strong calling to ministry in the local church. He has been on a journey to fulfill that calling ever since. Upon attending North Central University in Minneapolis, Ryan got involved with a church in River Falls, Wisconsin, where he served as the Student Pastor. He graduated college in May of 2006 and got married to Amanda one month later. They joined the team at Life Church in August of 2007, where Ryan oversees all Life Church Ministries. Ryan and Amanda have three kids: Mae, Benjamin, and Elijah.
Executive Director of Business and Finances
Gary was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. He was not raised in church, but through the prayers and witnessing of a friend, he gave his life to Christ shortly after college. Gary is married to Maxine and they have three grown daughters and two grand children. Gary is a CPA and has worked in various business and financial management positions during his career. Gary and Maxine were part of the original core group that planted Life Church. Today, Gary is serving as the Executive Director of Business and Finance for the church.
Director of Worship (Germantown Campus)
Nando was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. Though he grew up in a home where Christian values were taught, he did not start to truly serve God until the latter years of high school. Upon graduating high school, he received a calling into full-time ministry; and it was at this same time, Nando realized he had a gift for music and creative arts. Shortly after that, he took a ministry internship opportunity in his hometown at a church of 4,000 working with students and young adults. After completing his internship, he was offered a full-time job at the same church within the same department to oversee creative communications and how it affects the worship experience. After serving in ministry in Texas for five years, Nando sensed a shifting happening in his heart; and in 2012, he found what God was stirring inside: it was Life Church. After accepting a worship position, traveling across the country, and buying a jacket he thinks only Eskimos should wear, Nando has come to love the culture—and even climate—in Germantown where he has been residing since September 2012. He is passionate about seeing people experience worship in a fresh, life-giving way and using creative expression to facilitate an environment for these experiences.
Director of Missions & Outreach
Kevin was born and raised in the booming metropolis of Brooks, Georgia,a town with maybe two stop signs. In high school, he began to abandon his love for Jesus, until he went on a missions trip to Ireland that completely transformed his life. While in Ireland, Kevin began to see all of the lost people he was ministering to and realized that he was no different. During that trip he also met his high school sweet heart and now beautiful wife, Noel. After Ireland, God placed a desire in their hearts to reach a lost world. So, Kevin pursued the call by going to the Master's School of Ministry in Griffin, GA. After graduating, Kevin and Noel bought jackets and a snow shovel and moved to Wisconsin, where Kevin is the Director of Missions and Outreach at Life Church. They look forward to seeing the people of Milwaukee change the world.
Director of Family Focus
Noel was born and raised in McDonough, Georgia. She grew up in the church pews and her entire childhood had knowledge of Jesus Christ. It was not until a mission’s trip to Ireland that she experienced Jesus for herself. It was on that trip that she fell in love with God and religion changed into a relationship. From that trip forward, Noel began to sense the call of God on her life. It was one night in a youth service that Noel experienced the healing power of God and decided in her heart to take that reality to a generation. Soon after, she attended college at the Master’s School of Ministry in Griffin, GA. Noel married her high school sweetheart, Kevin and early 2010, they moved to Germantown, WI where Noel is the director of Family Focus at Life Church. They are excited to see the reality of God made real in the lives of students all over the Milwaukee Area.
Director of Early Childhood
Danielle was born in Milwaukee and has continued to live in the surrounding areas her whole life. Growing up in a church that never taught religion, Danielle began her life long “best friend”-ship with Jesus at the tender age of 3. By the age of 12, Danielle became passionate about telling other little ones that Jesus wanted to be their friend too. This passion has been the driving force behind her life since. In 2004, Danielle attended Discipleship Training School through Youth With a Mission in Pittsburg, PA where she traveled to 4 different countries and 5 different states on “child” focused missions trips. Danielle married her best friend Jason in 2004 and together they had two beautiful girls. In 2010, Jason went to be with the Lord. Danielle says with full confidence that it was her “friendship” with Jesus that got her through her most painful moments. In 2011, Danielle was remarried to a wonderful man named George. Together they have had two more children. Danielle serves as the Director of Life Kids Early Childhood at Life Church.
Director of Pastoral Care
Jim was born and grew up in Milwaukee. Music was an important part of his family, and his natural ability carried him throughout school, including his admission to the University of Wisconsin. While in college, Jim became a Christian. This changed everything. Music had been the driving force in his life, but now he was driven by God. For some years, Jim worked as a police officer in the city of Milwaukee. During this time he felt a calling to full time ministry. With his wife beside him, he moved to Taiwan where God opened doors to work with a ministry called Overseas Radio and Television. On returning to the states, Jim served as a staff Pastor for ten years at a local church. In 2002, Jim was offered an opportunity to work with a church plant in Germantown, Wisconsin. This was the beginning of Life Church.At Life Church Jim is able to use his interpersonal gifts in the area of assimilation, visitation, teaching and counseling.
Director of Community and Assimilation
Cassie grew up in Germantown, WI right down the road from the Life Church Germantown Campus. She didn't grow up in a Christian home, nor did she attend any church. In 2004 Cassie's parents attended Life Church, being attracted by the friendly people outside its building, and accepted Christ. Cassie was then invited by her parents, and she gave her life to Christ. After volunteering, she felt a calling into the ministry and came on staff at Life Church in 2005. Cassie met her husband, Phil, at a young adult Life Group. Currently, they are both on staff at Life Church. They now have 2 girls, Emma & Molly, and are excited to raise them in such an amazing church! Cassie has a BA degree in Community Involvement from UW-Milwaukee and has a heart to serve her local community. Her main passion is to show the love of Jesus and give an opportunity for people to have the same life change she has had.