Ministry Staff

Pastor Shawn Hennessy – Senior Pastor

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.

Pastor Sonny Hennessy – Lead Pastor

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.

Pastor Dallas Cox – Kids Pastor

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 Pastor here at Life Church. Dallas and Shelby are blessed to be parents of their three children Kennedie, Logan and Riley.

Pastor Scott Eastman – LC Downtown & Alpha Pastor

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. 

Pastor DJ Ford – San Diego Pastor

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

Pastor Shelby Cox – Creative Executive Lead

Shelby Cox is the Creative Executive Lead 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.

Pastor Becky Alcantar – Journey to Wholeness, Comptroller

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.

Pastor KC Garania – Creative Marketing Lead/Life Groups Pastor

KC is a home grown Green Bay girl! She serves as the Life Groups Pastor and Creative Marketing Lead. KC is all about helping people connect and grow in their Jesus Journey through Life Groups. As Creative Marketing Lead, KC uses her love for writing to create written and visual content to point people to Jesus. KC’s other passion is leading the church in worship on Sundays and for Student Ministry. KC is married to her best friend BJ. They have 2 amazing kiddos, Kaliyah and Kaveh. KC & her family are honored to serve Life Church and the 920!

Keith Archiquette – Creative Video Lead

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.

Jesse Coonen – Creative Production Lead

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.

Pastor Candice Ford – San Diego Pastor

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

Megan Mahlik – Marketing & Publishing Executive

Megan serves as the Marketing & Publishing Executive at Life Church and Director of Production for Life and Culture magazine. She has worked in the editorial industry and has a passion for magazines and print. Megan attended St. Norbert College and pursued a degree in English, expanding her love of writing, editing and storytelling. She minored in media and also has a background in journalism. She is humbled to live in God’s purpose for her life and tries to be more like Jesus each day. She enjoys quality time with friends and family and being a listening ear. She’s blessed to have married her best friend, Kyle, and they love to do life together, no matter what that looks like.

Stephanie Charney – Accounting Assistant

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.

Dana Black – First Impressions Director

Dana Black was born and raised in the (920) by parents that said I always had the gift of gab. They joked around and said that someday they hoped it would pay off. Now fast forward into adult life, she feels truly blessed that her jobs have all been people oriented. Dana worked for 15 years for an awesome corporation leading a sales team, along with their Welcome Center. She left the corporate world to become a full-time mom and focus on ministry. Dana absolutely loves connecting with people from the moment they walk into our doors, until they find a seat in the auditorium. If not at church, there is a great chance you will find Dana at the baseball field watching her son Brandon play baseball.

Abby Heinritz – The Exchange Manager

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!