Pastor Shawn Hennessy – Lead Pastor

Shawn Hennessy is the Lead Pastor, a speaker, an author, a blogger, a proud proactive parent to Aubree, Isaiah and Nicholas & a loving committed husband. 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 14 years, Shawn has served as a Youth Pastor, a full-time Evangelist, a State Youth Director and as a Lead and Campus Pastor. Shawn is a semi-active blogger & has a respectable following of his blog on Grief. Shawn is the author of “The Gravity of Grief” and “What’s Your Story?” as well as the co-author of “Journey To The Next Level.”

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Pastor Sonny Hennessy – Executive Pastor & Marketing Director

Sonny Hennessy is the Executive Pastor and Marketing Director for Life Church in Green Bay, WI. Sonny knows her greatest gifts are her kids and husband and doing life and ministry with all 4. She has served as a Full-Time Youth Pastor, established a food pantry and clothes closet that are still in existence today in Memphis, TN, founded and directed One Accord School of Ministry that saw many graduate and become Pastors, worked as the Marketing Director at IKEA Michigan, and just prior to moving to Green Bay directed Marketing for the four campuses of Grace Community Church. She just finished a new book, Jesus.Plus.Life, a Life-Giving Discipleship Journey which is being used as a 6-week Bible Study too. Sonny now loves serving under and alongside Shawn in their ministry to the people of (920); walking this Jesus Journey with so many that are becoming Jesus people.

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Creative Department

Pastor Jonathan Pierce – Creative Pastor (Worship & Media)

Jonathan Pierce is the Creative Pastor here at Life Church. He oversees the teams involved in worship, media, web, and all creative elements within the church. He is a graduate of Hillsong College in Sydney, Australia. He and his wife Ginny were married in 2010. They were on staff at two campuses of Grace Community Church in Houston, Texas and in Sacramento, California. Jonathan has been leading worship for 10 years, and has been involved in Creative Arts (media and web design) for the last 5 years. Jonathan and Ginny enjoy serving at Life Church and discipling others in their walk with God. They like to spend time with their families, and love to travel.

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Pastor Dallas Cox – Media & Life Groups

Dallas Cox is the Life Groups and Media Associate Pastor. Born and raised in Las Vegas; at the age of fifteen he felt called in to ministry and has been pursuing it 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 Jr. High Pastor at The Champion Center for 3 years. In August of 2011 Dallas accepted the position of Youth and Children’s pastor at Grace Church in Oceanside CA. He and his beautiful wife Shelby were with the church for almost five years; dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young people. Dallas is an avid fan of music, likes to read, watch movies, and play basketball. Dallas and Shelby are blessed to be parents of Kennedie, and the newest additions, twins, Riley and Logan.

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Shelby Cox – Creative Associate

Shelby Cox is the Creative Associate at Life Church North. 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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Pastor Gregg Sweger – Online Campus Pastor

Gregg serves as host of the Online ministries of Life Church. He is passionate about finding innovative ways for people throughout the (920) and beyond to connect with the life giving message of Jesus. Gregg oversees the ministries of Life Church Online including the Sunday morning streaming service and mid-week online Life Groups. Gregg is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay with a BA in Humanities: Religious Studies. He formerly served in addiction recovery ministries around the St. Louis area before moving back to Green Bay with his dog Mac.

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Family Life Department

Pastor Lori Englebert – Family Life Pastor

Pastor Lori is the Family Life Pastor at Life Church and is responsible for the oversight of all Family Life ministries. Pastor Lori began her ministry in 1999 as the preschool director at a large evangelical church. It was there where she pioneered a Montessori Preschool, which quickly grew and is still in existence today. Pastor Lori also expanded her responsibilities in Family Life where she was responsible for a thriving and growing youth ministry where students served in the church, in the city and in various mission projects. Pastor Lori is committed to bringing God’s truth to kids of all ages, through relevant Bible teaching, music, small groups and age-appropriate activities. Pastor Lori is ordained through Grace International. She loves serving at Life Church and discipling others, as well as partnering with parents by equipping them with tools and resources to help them be the primary spiritual influencers in their home. She is married to Steve and has 3 young adult children; Danielle, Brady and Abigail, who all serve in a leadership capacity at Life Church. And she is crazy about her two little dogs!

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Pastor Danielle Englebert – Family Life Associate Pastor

Danielle is the Children’s Associate for Life Church. She is passionate about children’s and student ministries. She oversees the Club 252 worship team, Family Life marketing, and is instrumental in the planning and development of all Family Life ministries. Danielle has served in several aspects of Family Life ministries for the past eight years. Danielle is a graduate of University of Wisconsin – Green Bay with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration and Political Science with a dual emphasis in Public Policy Analysis and Non-Profit Management. She has a heart to serve the people of the (920) and is passionate about serving within non-profit organizations in Green Bay.

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Pastor Brady Englebert – Family Life Associate Pastor

Brady serves the students of Catalyst Student ministries (grades 6-12) every Wednesday night at Life Church. Brady is passionate about students and Family Life ministries as a whole. He loves helping students, and kids alike,  grow in their relationship with Christ. Brady oversees Family Life social media, squad wars, and is influential in the planning and development of all Family Life ministries. Brady is currently attending University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for his bachelors in Business Administration.

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Life Church Ministries

Pastor Ruben & Becky Alcantar – Latino Campus Pastors

Ruben and Becky Alcantar are the Pastors of our Latino Ministries. They are blessed with three children, Risa, Rachel and David and are celebrating 20 years of marriage. Ruben and Becky have served in a pastoral capacity for 15 years and have a heart for the Hispanics/Spanish-speakers in this area. Their goal is to reach this community with the gospel , leading people to become followers of Christ who fulfill their potential with a passion to serve others and impact the community. They have a heart to make Hispanics in our community feel welcome, not only because their native language is spoken, but because they come to know the love of Christ in a grace-filled community of Jesus followers.

Acerca de Ruben & Becky: Ruben y Becky Alcantar son los Pastores de nuestro Ministerio Latino. Ellos son bendecidos con tres hijos, Risa, Rachel y David y están celebrando 20 años de matrimonio. Ruben y Becky han prestado un servicio pastoral durante 15 años y tienen un corazón para los hispanos en esta área. Su meta es alcanzar a esta comunidad con el evangelio de Jesucristo y liderar personas para que lleguen a ser seguidores de Cristo desarollando su potencial y apasionados en vivir y compartir el amor de Jesús en esta comunidad. Tienen un corazón de crear una comunidad en donde todos se sientan bienvenidos, no sólo porque su lengua materna es hablada, pero también porque lleguen a conocer el amor de Cristo en una comunidad de seguidores de Jesús llenos de gracia.

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Pastor Scott Eastman – Alpha & Growth Track

Scott has valuable experience in the areas of creative ministry, youth leadership, communications and teaching. He’s got a heart for helping people connect with God 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, worship and prayer and offering communication. 

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Pastor Ken Merrell – Counseling & Care Pastor

Ken Merrell is the Counseling & Care Pastor at Life Church.  Ken and his wife Karen began ministry together from the time they were married serving as youth leaders, then moving into church planting.  Ken has served as the Lay Leadership Development Director for a church Association, a Youth & Family Pastor and as Pastor all in the Wisconsin area.  Ken’s training in Disaster Relief and Chaplaincy had him serve with the Red Cross and with the Salvation Army, assignments include Ground Zero and Biloxi, MS (Hurricane Katrina).  Pastor Ken’s years of experience in the field of counseling has him currently leading a weekly group for the Bellin Psychiatric Center for over 3 years now.  Ken’s compassion to help people is shared with his love to work with the Creative Team here, where he plays bass guitar and serves as one of the a Music Director.  Ken and Karen love spending time with their nieces & nephews/families all out of state and also enjoy time at their camper in Door Co. around a fire with their Basset Hounds.

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Boyd and Karen Pitney – Marriage Coaching

Boyd and Karen Pitney lead Marriage Ministry at Life Church.  They absolutely love building relationships with couples no matter what stage of life they are in.  They believe that a passionate Jesus-centered marriage overflows to children, extended family members, neighbors, and points others to something more important – to Jesus. Together with their team, they prepare engaged couples for the joys and challenges of marriage, inspire good marriages to get even better, and support couples going through a crisis.  They coach couples individually, lead marriage life groups, and mentor future leaders in marriage ministry.  They believe there is hope in Jesus for every situation! Boyd is a graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  He has been working as a mechanical engineer and project manager for 30+ years.  Karen is a graduate of Truman State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and has taught 5th grade and Pre-School.  They celebrate 32 years of marriage and have five adult children, three son-in-laws, and three grandsons.  In their free time they enjoy walking the Fox River Trail, vegetable gardening, and spending time with their family.

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Dana Black – First Impressions & Welcome Center

I 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 my adult life, I feel truly blessed that my jobs have all been people oriented. I worked 15 years for a awesome corporation where I lead a sales team, along with their Welcome Center. I was blessed 7 years ago to leave the corporate world to become a Full-time Mom and First Contact Ministry leader at a smaller church. Becoming part of the Life Church family is such a wonderful fit for me, as I get to connect with 100’s of people each week and work with so many wonderful volunteers. I absolutely love connecting with people from the moment they walk into our doors, until they find a seat in our auditorium and then when they leave I hope that I can answer any of their questions they may have after their experience. On a personal note, if not at church there is a great chance you will find me at the baseball field watching my son play ball. I love being a Mom and receive so much joy in knowing that I am able to spend time with him during these vital learning years in his life. The phrase I say often is “God is good” and that is what brings a smile to my face each and every day because He has been so good to me and my family.

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Pastor Sherri Baierl – Leadership U & Discipleship Associate

I was born and raised in the 920 (414 in my early life) with a large family that is settled from Brillion all the way to Luxemburg, WI. I have a Masters in Business, and undergraduate degree in family life ministry and in arts management concentrating in graphics. At Life Church I am developing and leading Leadership U, and working alongside Pastor Sonny and the Creative team with Design, Marketing, and Social media. I have been an adjunct professor at NWTC, an Art Director for a small tech company, worked as an Environmental Designer for a Vice President at St. Norbert College, a high school teacher, and a Photoshop retoucher for international campaigns at Kohler Corporate Headquarters, and right out of college was at Life Promotions/Lifest in marketing and graphics. I have an extensive ministry resume beginning with youth ministry through college and after, leading and developing two young-adult ministries in the greater Fox Valley that spanned 10 years, & Lifest event roles from marketing to Art Space. I have been active in the community as a fine artist and have had gallery shows at the Art Garage, NWTC, Richeson’s, Neville Public Museum and elsewhere.

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