Life Church Staff

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Shawn Hennessy is the Senior Pastor of Life Church Green Bay, a speaker, an author, a blogger, Chaplain of The Green Bay Packers, co-founder of The Exchange, a proud parent to Isaiah & Aubree and a loving, committed husband to Sonny Hennessy.
After graduating from High School in Windsor Ontario, Shawn headed to the U.S. to play college football. He was fortunate enough to enjoy some success on the gridiron eventually receiving All-American honors and playing in 3 National All-Star games.

When it became evident that he was not going to play in the NFL, he & Sonny headed south to Memphis, TN to begin their journey into full-time ministry. In the last 20 years, Shawn has served as a Youth Pastor, a full-time Evangelist, a State Youth Director and as a Lead Campus Pastor. Shawn is the author of “The Gravity of Grief” and “What’s Your Story?”, “Life, It’s Time to Dream” and “Jesus.Plus.Life. Guys Edition.”

Shawn’s mission in life is to help people realize just how much Jesus has to offer them, and to give them the tools and inspiration to pursue more for their lives.

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Sonny is the Lead Pastor of Life Church Green Bay. For four years Life Church has topped the list by Outreach Magazine as one of the fastest-growing churches in America and reaches tens of thousands of people on a weekly basis. Sonny is the CEO of The Exchange Brand which she launched in 2018 with four marketplaces she designed; A Coffee, Eatery & Mercantile, A Salon & Parlor, two Airbnb apartments, and The Nest Cowork + Club. She is also the owner of the award-winning design firm, Sonny Hennessy Design. Her first building received 2 awards: “Wisconsin Mainstreet Award for Best Renovation of a Historic Building” and “DePere’s Best Historical Society Award”. Along with investing in people’s lives through her Cheery Conversations Podcast and YouTube Channel, Sonny is an author, a speaker, a business consultant, and an active philanthropist for Eye Heart World, a sex trafficking organization with a home for survivors ran by her sister and brother in law.
She knows her greatest accomplishment is her healthy marriage to Shawn and their close bond with their kids, Isaiah James and Aubree Rose.

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Born and raised in Las Vegas, at the age of fifteen Dallas felt called into ministry and has been pursuing it ever since. He was involved in Generate School of Ministry for five years where he received intense training and leadership skills from the pastoral staff at the Champion Center of Las Vegas. Dallas was the volunteer Junior High Pastor at the Champion Center for 3 years. In 2011, Dallas accepted the position of Youth and Children’s Pastor at Grace Church in Oceanside, CA. Then in 2016, Dallas felt God calling him to come and support Pastor Shawn and Sonny in whatever capacity needed. Dallas has served in many rolls since then and is honored to now be the Kids & Youth Pastor here at Life Church. Dallas and Shelby are blessed to be parents of their three children Kennedie, Logan and Riley.

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Shelby Cox is the Worship Pastor at Life Church. Shelby was born in Hayward California. At the age of 19 her family moved to Las Vegas, NV where she felt the call of God on her life. In 2004 Shelby joined Generate School of Ministry as a part time student where she received hands on training under Pastors John and Priscilla Boore. Although she had been involved in previous worship teams before, it wasn’t until she joined Generate that she was given the opportunity to step out as the Worship Leader. She then led the Youth Ministry Worship Team for the next 6 years; helping to develop other young worshipers. In August of 2011 as her husband Dallas was accepting the position of Youth and Children’s pastor, Shelby was given the opportunity to serve as Office Manager and Worship Leader at Grace Church in Oceanside CA. Shelby and Dallas have been blessed to be parents of Kennedie, and twins, Riley and Logan.

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DJ Ford is the Pastor of Life Church San Diego. DJ has been serving in ministry for 20 years as a volunteer and on church staff. DJ served on a church staff in North County San Diego for 8 years leading their Media, worship, and facilities team. DJ & his wife Candice have a passion for seeing marriages and families healthy and thriving. They have led marriage conferences and many marriage life groups and have seen marriages thrive through those. In May of 2017, DJ felt God was preparing his heart for a change into a new ministry opportunity. In November of 2017, DJ began new ministry at Life Church Green Bay and served as the Tech Pastor, and Fox Vally Site Pastor. DJ has also been the lead designer for the first 4 issues of Life & Culture Magazine. After 3-1/2 years, DJ & his family are back in the North County launching Life Church San Diego to bring the life-giving message of Jesus to the people of the (760). DJ loves to eat, hang out with his brothers, & spending time with his wife Candice, his son Blake, and his daughter Brooklynn.

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Barry Edgemon is the founder and president of FatherSeekers, an organization that mentors fatherless fathers with the intention of breaking the cycle of absence in the lives of their future generations. A graduate from Southeastern University he has been involved in full-time ministry for more than three decades serving as a Youth Pastor, District Youth Director for the North Carolina Assemblies of God, and Senior Pastor. Barry has served as a consultant to churches and a mentor to Pastors and Missionaries around the world.  He is most proud of the fact that he has broken the cycle of fatherlessness in his own family through his relationship with his sons Luke, David and Ben.  

He presently serves as the Discipleship and Connections Pastor at Life Church, Green Bay, WI. He is currently developing a leadership initiative (The Exchange Collaborative ) that includes courses in School of Jewish Context, Journey To Wholeness resources, pastoral restoration and cultural & entrepreneurial leadership.Fatherseekers identifies and address the social and generation outcomes of fatherlessness. No matter what has happened in your life, you are not alone.

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Scott has valuable experience in the areas of creative ministry, youth leadership, communications and teaching. He has a heart for helping people connect with Jesus and one another; with the ever-present goal of jump-starting people onto their own Jesus-journey. Scott is an active leader in Growth Track, Alpha and Life Groups. He also assists with hospitality, and prayer and offering communication. 

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Pastor Becky is the Comptroller for Life Church. She brings extensive audit, accounting and compliance expertise having focused on helping non profit and religious organizations achieve their missions throughout her accounting career. She is also the author, Co-Founder and Pastor for Journey to Wholeness. Journey to Wholeness exists to provide spiritual, emotional and relationship support based on scriptural truth to the people of the 920. Becky and her husband Ruben are blessed with three children, Risa, Rachel and David. Ruben and Becky have served in a pastoral capacity for over 15 years including the Spanish-speakers of the 920.

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Keith’s primary focus is producing video content for Life Church. Keith is passionate about using the talents that God has blessed him with to spread the life-giving message of Jesus to the people of the 920 and beyond. Keith is married to Jena, the love of his life, and they have two beautiful children together, Adler & Parker. After his career in the music industry ended, Keith went on to achieve an Associate Degree in Digital Media Technology from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, located in Green Bay.

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Jesse began leading worship in youth group at the age of 15 and felt the call to continue in ministry right after high school. In the fall of 2013 he moved to South Carolina to be a Worship intern at NewSpring Church. Moving back to Wisconsin in 2014, he was launched into full time ministry leading creative and technical teams on staff at local church in Appleton. He married his wife, Michaela, in 2015. Both are thrilled to be apart of forwarding the message and hope of Jesus. At Life Church, he leads technical volunteers and works closely with audio and lighting elements within the creative department.

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Megan serves as the Marketing & Publishing Executive at Life Church and Editor in Chief of Life and Culture magazine. She attended St. Norbert College and earned a degree in English, expanding her love of writing, editing and storytelling. With a background in editorial and media, Megan’s mission is to find the best ways to communicate with and inspire others. Megan loves the (920) and is blessed to have the opportunity to cultivate the life-giving culture in this city. She enjoys quality time with friends and family, leading others and being kind. Her and her husband, Kyle, love being parents to their son, Rhodes!

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Nancy currently serves as the Marketing Director for Life Church. Born and raised in Green Bay, her heart is to reach the people of the (920) for Jesus. After being in ministry as a video producer for 6 years, she took a break for an opportunity with a local wellness company. Years later, the call of God was clear yet again and she joined the Life Church creative team in 2020. She is passionate about finding creative ways to connect with people in person and online. Nancy and her husband Bryan have been married for 16 years and have two daughters Kylie (13) and Zoey (8) and son Finley (5). Anyone who knows Nancy knows her go-to coffee order is a hot latte macchiato with macadamia milk, maple syrup and carmel drizzle from The Exchange.

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Candice, alongside her husband DJ, serves as the Pastor of Life Church San Diego. Candice was a teacher at Noah’s Park preschool for 4 years before she was promoted to Director of the center for 4 years. In 2016, Candice opened a new preschool, Kidz World Academy, from the ground up and grew the center to 23 kids. She was also actively involved in serving at church leading women’s groups, mentoring young families, and leading marriage groups. In May of 2017, candice and her husband DJ felt God leading them to new ministry. In November of 2017, God brought Candice on staff at Life church Green Bay. Candice has also served as the Life Church Fox Valley Kids Pastor. Candice has a passion to see marriages and families thriving in today’s society. Candice loves reading, Disneyland, and spending time with her husband DJ, her son Blake, and her daughter Brooklynn

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Stephanie is the Accounting Assistant at Life Church. Being born and having grown up in Green Bay, she has an affection for the people of the (920) and the surrounding areas. Stephanie and her husband, Beau have two outstanding boys, Benjamin and Joseph. They love to spend time as a family and create their own adventures.

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Abby has lived in the (920) her whole life! After growing up in New London, she attended St. Norbert College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Abby taught English Language Arts as a middle school teacher in the (920) for 7 years, until she felt God leading her in a new direction. This prompting brought her to work for Life Church, which she has attended since 2013. Abby is the general manager of The Exchange in downtown De Pere. Abby loves to help others along on their Jesus Journey, just as so many others have helped her and continue to help her. When not at Life Church, Abby enjoys spending time with her husband, Jason, family, friends, and her cat, Bella. She also loves to read, write, run, mentor adolescent girls, and travel!