We believe in raising people up as disciples of Jesus with the hope that we might send them out to take ground for the kingdom, and our staff makes changes because we live out that belief. We are still making updates and edits to the page and chasing down a few pastors for bios and pictures, they don’t stand still very long! Many of our staff work part-time however they all serve God full-time. We hope this is a great way to see who’s who, connect with a pastor, or find a place to serve. Thanks for visiting!
Community & Men’s Pastor – Post Falls Campus
My Family: Kristine and I have been married since December 4, 1991. We have two boys. Timothy Strasburger is 21 years old and is serving in the US Air Force. Ben Strasburger is 17 and just graduated from high school. We have lived in North Idaho since 2003.
My Story: I began my relationship with Christ when I was 19. I served 4 years in the US Army. I met my wife at a Bible Study while stationed in Missouri. After the military, we lived in Chicago while my wife attended and graduated Moody Bible Institute. I attended and graduated from Wyoming Technical Institute in Laramie, WY. After graduation, I worked WYOTECH. While working for WYOTECH, our family moved to Spirit Lake, ID from Laramie. We started attending Real Life Ministries. We were invited to attend a home group. We then were invited to host a HG, then lead a home group and then we were home group coaches. Jim Putman asked me to come on staff in 2006 as the men’s pastor. I came on staff in January 2007. I have served as the men’s pastor, in benevolence and in my current role. My passion is for the church to be the church God intends it to be.
Favorite Verse: All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling[c] the world to himself,not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore,
Food: I enjoy good and fresh sushi!
Quote: “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” A.W. Tozer
Hobby: I enjoy fly fishing, motorcycle riding, roasting coffee and cooking.
Exercise: I just started cross-fit so ask me in a few months!
Smell: Fresh ground coffee.
Jim is the founder and senior pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. Prior to his role as senior pastor, he served as a youth minister in two small churches. In college, Jim won
three All American titles in wrestling and went on to become a successful wrestling coach. Real Life Ministries began as a small group in 1998 and has grown to a membership of more than eight thousand. Ninety percent of its fellowship is active in small groups. Outreach Magazine continually lists Real Life Ministries among the top one hundred most influential churches in America.
Jim holds degrees from Boise State University and Boise Bible College. His voice reaches hundreds of thousands across the world through speaking conferences, the web, radio, and weekend services. He is the author of two books; Church is a Team Sport (2008) and Real-Life Discipleship (2010) and co-authored; DiscipleShift (2013).
Jim’s passion is discipleship through small groups. With his background in sports and coaching, he believes in the value of strong coaching as a means to disciple others. Jim lives with his family in scenic northern Idaho.
Worship Arts Audio Engineer – Post Falls Campus
My Family: I’m a single guy.
My Story: I was led to the Lord by my dad as a young child. I grew up in a small non-denominational church and really became sold out for God in my early twenties. I attended a Calvary Chapel for a few years before making Real Life my home.
Favorite Verse: Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Food: Burritos and sushi, (not together though.)
Quote: “Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.”
Hobby: Playing and making music!
Exercise: Running, snowboarding, and soccer.
Favorite Smell: Fresh cut grass. Apple cinnamon candles. BBQ.
Church Training & Development Coordinator – Post Falls Campus
My Family: I am married to Mark, and we have a son Dalton. Our grown daughter & son in law (Lacie & Brandon) have made us grandparents to two awesome granddaughters (Jazzy and Cassie).
My Story: I grew up in the Catholic church but I didn’t come to know Jesus until I was 20 at a summer camp on the beach in California. But I still hadn’t made Jesus the boss. I didn’t get serious about my relationship with Christ until I was about 28. Before I came on staff at RLM, I was a family law attorney in Spokane. God called me to leave the practice of law to come work at Real Life. I have been on staff here for almost 12 years!
Favorite Verse: Jeremiah 29:11 is my life verse. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Food: I love sushi!!
Quote: “If it doesn’t matter who wins, then why keep score.”
Hobby: I am into triathlons. I love it! I am also loving being the mom of a musically gifted 13 year old boy!! When I can have time, I like to read and I will see any music live!!
Exercise: My exercise is training for triathlons!
Leader of Team One – Post Falls Campus
My Family: I have been married to Bobbi for 50 years and we have five children, fourteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren!
My Story: At the age of 9, I wanted the Jesus of my grandparents but over time I discovered that borrowed faith didn’t work for me. I trusted Jesus as my personal Lord and savior at age 20. My wife Bobbi and I have pastored old churches, started numerous churches, led three State Wide Church Planting Organizations, served troubled churches all over the nation and RLM. I have written two books, DADDY I’M PREGNANT and LIFE SURE IS CONFUSING. We shared our family story on FOCUS ON THE FAMILY numerous times. Now I serve here at RLM as a team leader reaching out to our absent members.
Favorite Verse: Where Jesus promised, “I will not leave you desolate; I come unto you.” John 14:18.
Quote: “You can’t go back, but because of Jesus Christ you can go forward.”
Executive Pastor – Post Falls Campus
My Family: Wife - Andrea, Daughter – Layne, Son – Hudson
My Story: I was born and raised in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. I graduated from Cd’A High School where I participated as a three-sport athlete, playing baseball, football and basketball. I w
ent to college at Walla Walla Community College (WA) and after surrendering my life to Jesus at age 19, I attended Biola University (CA). I love the outdoors, especially archery hunting and fly-fishing! Prior to joining the staff in 2010, I worked as a physical therapy business executive.
Favorite Verse: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone, the new has come!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Food: Mashed potatoes and gravy.
Quote: “It in not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and short-coming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
Hobby: Kids, hunting and fishing.
Smell: The woods after it rains and fresh coffee!
Membership, Senior Connect, Volunteer Central – Post Falls Campus
My Family: Bill and I have been married for 50+ years. We have 5 children, all of whom are married, which makes 10 children. we have 14 grandchildren and 3 of them married, which makes 17 grandchildren and 2 great grand-children.
My Story: My story begins with my birth in Omaha, Nebraska. After my parent’s divorce when I was two, I moved with my mother to Oregon where we lived until I went to college. For a number of years we lived on the Oregon Coast and to this day, I love the ocean. As a young teenager I followed high school graduation with a year of Bible College. My goal at the time was to be a missionary nurse. I planned to take one year at Bible College, train for three years to be a nurse and head back to Bible College for a final year before going to Africa.
Plans were changed as I met and married a young ministry student who was called into the preaching ministry, not missions. Bill and I began our married life together in a northern California church, living in the parsonage and learning the trials and joys of the local ministry. Two years into our marriage, children began coming and within seven years, we had five little rug rats – three were in diapers at one time. Needless to say, a college education was at the bottom of my thoughts, although my desire for ministry continued.
As the children grew, and the financial needs of raising a family with the limited income of a small church made itself felt, it became necessary for me to go to work. By that time we lived in Boise, Idaho and I was hired by Boise Bible College as a receptionist. The administration allowed me to take a class each semester, and so I began to add to my college credits eventually graduating with an Associates Degree.
About this time, my husband and I moved into church planting. As we left Boise and moved from place to place, I would take a class or two at whatever college was available. While I still desired to continue my college education, and do a better job with ministry, the logistics became impossible. The President of BBC gave me information about Summit Bible College. He had completed his Doctorate there. I contacted Summit and was very encouraged. Not only was it affordable, but they took inventory of all of the different classes from my various efforts and built a specialized plan that fit my educational goals. I worked through the completion of my Bachelor’s Degree in Bible, on through the Master’s Degree in Counseling and ended with a Doctorate in Leadership.
Today I am privileged to work at Real Life Ministries , and I still love ministry! The Lord has even opened doors for me to go on mission trips; twice to Africa, once to Columbia and twice to Mexico. I love serving the Lord and don’t plan on retiring until heaven!
Favorite Verse: “All things work together for good to them that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.
Executive Pastor – Post Falls Campus
My Family: My wife, Sara, and I have four daughters.
My Story: I was born and raised in Sagle, Idaho where my parents still live today. I grew up in a great Christian family, but truly decided to follow the Lord while on a mission trip to Honduras as a Junior, in High School. I attended Boise Bible College and while there I fell in love with ministry. I met my wife Sara in college and we took our first ministry job in Meridian. After having our first child, we felt led to come back home to be near family, so we moved back to North Idaho. I took a job with our children’s ministry in 2007 and love being a part of what God is doing here.
Favorite Verse: “It is Finished” – Jesus (John 19:30)
Food: Love good Chinese food.
Quote: “While we can’t out-Disney Disney, no one should be able to out-community the local Church” – Carey Nieuwhof .
Hobby: Family time!
Smell: Coffee brewing.
Information Technology (IT) and Personal Finance – Post Falls Campus
My Family: Wife – Becky; Daughter – Julie; Son – Scott, Daughter-in-law – Lisa; Son – Brandon, Daughter-in-law – Amy.
My Story: I was born and raised in Georgia. After graduating high school, I attended Atlanta Christian College where I earned a BS in both Bible and Human Resources Management. Shortly after graduation, I took a job as a youth minister in a town on the outskirts of Atlanta. After three years of ministry there, I moved to Florida to work at a youth camp for the summer. After the summer ended I decided to get a job doing IT work which eventually brought me to Spokane, WA.
I met my wife in Spokane and eventually we were married. I worked as the network administrator for Family Home Care and since my wife was an RN we were not able to attend normal church services together until we found alternative service times at RLM. We didn’t jump right in, as we were really unsure about being a part of such a large church. But once we joined a home group and saw how important and essential small groups were we started to volunteer and get connected.
In 2005 I was hired to be the Director of IT. I have held other positions while I have been employed at RLM but have always had influence in the IT department. In late 2013 I moved back into leading the IT Department while also leading the Personal Finance Ministry.
Favorite Verse: “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will
provide a way out so that you can endure it.” I Corinthians 10:13.
Food: Chick-fil-a, lobster, homemade lasagna and Southern BBQ!
Quote: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used to create them.” Albert Einstein.
Exercise: Could you define that???
Guest Ministries Team – Post Falls Campus
My family: My wife, Minute, and I have three sons, three daughters-in-law, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
My story: I started going to Sunday School when I was about four years old. I continued the Christian walk all through school. I was baptized at twelve. After graduation from high school I attended and graduated from Puget Sound Christian College. I met my wife, Minute, while attending there. I worked in a machine shop through college. We were married August 23, 1957 at the college. A few weeks after our marriage I started preaching in Sandpoint, Idaho. We ministered in Sandpoint at First Christian Church for over thirty years. Our sons were all born in Sandpoint and graduated from Sandpoint High School. While in Sandpoint I received my Masters Degree from Hope International University. I worked at Boise Bible College for four years and then went on to serve as the hospice chaplain at West Valley Medical Center. I finished up my career at the First Christian Church, in Caldwell, Idaho in 2004 and on June 30th, 2004, I officially retired.
Favorite Verse: “That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being.” Ephesians 3:16 .
Food: Ice Cream!
Quote: “Promise to think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best from yourself and others.” John Wooden.
Hobby: Wood working, walking and boating.
Smell: Minute’s homemade chicken soup!
North Region Community Pastor – Post Falls Campus
My Family: I am married to Melissa. We have two daughters, Morgan and Josie.
My Story: Melissa and I were born in Montana, and in the spring of 2000 we moved to North Idaho. We were married in 1993 and celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary this past September. We are blessed with two beautiful daughters and truly love our home and community in Spirit Lake.
Before RLM: Before my calling into ministry, I worked in the grocer retail business as a meat department supervisor/cutter for approximately 20 years.
Favorite Bible Verse: “Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” – Matthew 7:24-25
Song: “Fishing in the Dark” by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Hobby: Riding dirt bikes with my family, fishing with my girls, and of course, hunting.
Sound: The sound of an elk bugling (shocker).
Lead Pastor – Cd’A Campus
My Family: Wife, Sherri. Daughters, Stephanie and Kayla. Sons, Zach and Jake. Granddaughter, Graycee. Grandson, Ryeder.
My Story: I grew up in a minister’s home where serving Jesus looked the same Monday through Saturday as it did on Sunday. This is the greatest compliment I can give my parents. They modeled constantly what it looks like to follow Jesus. We moved all up and down the west coast as my father took pastor positions at different churches. Before moving to Coeur d’ Alene in 1994, I lived in Southern California for 13 years going to school and working for a defense contractor. My mother is a native of Coeur d’ Alene and I spent a lot of time visiting here as a kid, so when the opportunity arose for me to move here, I jumped at the chance.
I have served in the Church in some capacity or another for 31 years. I started out serving in Children’s Ministry and still have a passion to see kids and their families come to know Christ! I have been on staff at three churches including Real Life. I joined the Real Life Ministries staff in 2001 as the Children’s Pastor. Since that time I have also served as the Team Leader over Student and Family ministries in Post Falls as well as my current role as Lead Pastor of the Coeur d’ Alene Campus.
Favorite Verse: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8.
Food: Red meat (on the raw side).
Quote: “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose,” Jim Elliot.
Hobby: Wake-boarding, hiking, reading, video games, movie watching.
Exercise: Hitting the gym a few times a week, wakeboarding and hiking in the summer.
Smell: The ocean and infants, (minus the stinky diapers).
Executive Pastor – Post Falls Campus
My Family: I’ve been married to my wife, Joey, for 19 years. And our kids are; Jayci -12, Kai – 11, Talan – 9, Silas – 8 , Cale – 6, Zuri – 5.
My Story: After being informed by my girlfriend at the time (now wife) that she wouldn’t marry someone who wasn’t a Christian, I went to church and “prayed the sinners prayer”. However, I truly had no heart change or even a recognition of my own sin or who Jesus was. After years of struggling with the success of the world (I had the opportunity to play professional baseball for 7 years), I had left a pathway of destruction behind me. It was a very bumpy ride and a lot of grace was extended to me from Jesus and my wife. I came to my senses and made the decision to make Jesus Lord of my life. While not always easy, it has been an amazing adventure, and I am humbled and honored to now get to serve in ministry and share the Good News of the gospel and the reason for the hope that I have within me with others! My most recent occupation prior to RLM was being a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative for GlaxoSmithKline.
Favorite Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Colosians 3:23.
Quote: “There are two things that you can always control…your attitude and your effort,” Steve Hertz, my college baseball coach.
Hobby: Hiking or fishing with the family.
Exercise: I love the thought.
Smell: The fresh air of being in the outdoors.
East Region Community Pastor – Post Falls Campus
My Family: I have been married to Tina since 1985. We have two adult sons, Ryan 28, and Justin who would be 25, passed in 2010.
My Story: Born in Pennsylvania, I left home to be in the Navy in 1983, where I served for 9 years in a variety of locations. I was married at 20, and a father at 21. I have been a custom woodworker for the last 25 years. I was raised with no particular direction in faith, just an obscure idea that there was a God. I approached religion from a very suspecting point of view, believing that to be “born again” was basically a nutty, TV evangelical term used by over enthusiastic followers of Jim and Tammy Faye Baker, Jimmy Swaggert, et. al. But through a relationship with Jim Putman (developed by my role as a youth wrestling coach) and the continuous effort of Tina, I was introduced to a different view of what it meant to be a christian. Then through the loss of my son, I have experienced a whole different view on top of that. I have been brought to a place of acceptance and total submission to His will for my life. And to an appreciation of the story He will create for me, by my following Him.
Favorite Verse: “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:14-19.
Food: A perfect steak.
Quote: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deed could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and short coming……,” Theodore Roosevelt.
Hobby: Trying to make it woodworking, again.
Exercise: When I get motivated? Cycling and swimming.
Smell: The smell as you step off the plane in Fiji. The ocean. Rain on pavement. Babies hair.
World Missions Pastor – Post Falls Campus
CPA, Director of Accounting & Human Resources – Post Falls Campus
Favorite Verse: Too many to choose from, but these are a few of my favorites:
Nursery and Paid Children’s Ministry Leader – Post Falls Campus
Favorite Smell?: The smell of rain coming!
Administrative Assistant – Cd’A Campus
My Family: My husband, Jeff, for over 30 years, and our two adult daughters, Andrea and Nichelle.
My Story: My husband and I are so thankful for the blessing of Real Life. We have been at Real Life from the beginning and have watched all that He has done and is still doing today.
Over the years at Real Life, I have had the opportunity to work in several positions. A few of the positions have been Children’s Director, Receptionist, Personal Assistant, Women’s Youth Director and at this time I am the administrative assistant at the CDA Campus. It is a joy to work with the staff in CDA and and being a part of what God is doing to reach the CDA community for Jesus.
Favorite Verse: “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39.
Food: A good ole hamburger.
Hobby: Papercrafting, photography, sewing, coffee with friends and reading.
Youth Ministries Administrator – Post Falls Campus
Your Family: I have one son, Kyle, who is 16 years old. I am a sibling of four, two sisters and one brother.
Your Story: I lived in the Seattle area for 36 years and in 2006 I moved to Post Falls where my parents retired.
Favorite Verse: “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10.
Quote: “You’re killing me Smalls!”
Hobby: Baseball. My son plays for Fellowship Christian Athletes (FCA). This keeps us busy most of the year. I also love the sun and beaches! I would prefer to live in a warmer area all year long. Not a fan of the snow.
Community Pastor – Post Falls Campus
My Family: Follower of One, belief in Three. Husband of one, father of three. Shepherd of many.
My Story: It’s all about the Kingdom! I grew up in a Christian home, my family has always been involved in some aspect of serving in the church. But we moved around a lot as kids, so that always looked different at the many churches we attended. We finally settled down in southern California and it was there that my youth pastor took the time to show me what it truly looked like to be a disciple of Jesus. After I married my wife, we moved to North Idaho to start our life together. We tried on many different churches, trying to find one like we had back home. And even though Real Life is very different then where we came from, once we really “got” the mission and vision of RLM, we knew we were where God wanted us to be. God blessed me with a job in the title company business where I was able to develop skills and knowledge working with large databases. But then, Jesus happened. And now I get to do the same thing here at the church.
Favorite Verse: “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15.
Quote: “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?” J.R.R. Tolkien
Exercise: Hiking, camping, backpacking, rock climbing, running, mountain biking, kayaking, surfing, and cowboy golf.
Smell: Rain & campfire.
Sports and Outdoors Pastor – Post Falls Campus
My Family: I have a wife, two boys and a daughter.
My Story: I was born and raised in Seattle Washington and moved to North Idaho in August 1994 to wrestle for North Idaho College. Helping out with wrestling camps over the summers is where I got to know Jim Putman. God changed my life in two weeks when I came to RLM in June 1999 at the Post Falls theaters. I met Lindsay, who later became my wife, and invited her to church. She started attending with me and I accepted Jesus into my heart later that summer.
A friend of mine took me under his wing and connected me to serving opportunities and involved me in his home group. I was able to join the youth ministry serving in various roles and was asked to come on staff in August 2005 to pastor in the youth department. Since that point I have been on various teams serving in the community pastor role, high school pastor, young adult pastor and now on the church training and development team.
Favorite Verse: “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 and “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.” James 1:19.
Food: Eggs Benedict, sushi and hot hot wings.
Quote: “What we do in Life echoes in Eternity.”
Hobby: Cooking, collecting vinyl LP’s and collecting sports jerseys.
Exercise: I love to ride my road bike, swim and begrudgingly run 3-5 times a week.
Graphic Designer – Post Falls Campus
Favorite Food: I love Mexican food!
West Region Community Pastor – Post Falls Campus
My Family: I am married to Michelle and have two daughters, Danielle and Brittany. I also have two grandchildren, Hadley and Reagan.
My Story: My wife and I moved to Post Falls in 2002 for my work as an electrician. She got on at Kootenai Medical Center as a nurse. We looked for a local church and found a rough group of people meeting at a high school. These seemed to be real people with a real heart to follow Jesus and carry out his mission. We got into a home group and met people much like ourselves who wanted to learn and grow as disciples of Jesus.
After a couple of home group “branches,” we we found ourselves leading our own home group. Soon, we were coaching several other home group leaders and awhile later, I was asked to come on staff as a Community Pastor. I declined. But a year later, at the end of 2006, I was asked again, and we felt God calling us to this new career in ministry.
Before RLM: I worked through high school at a frozen yogurt shop, attended college for a year, then worked as a carpenter for six years and an electrician for seven years.
Favorite Bible Verse: “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received a spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.'” – Romans 8:15
Quote: “Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.” – Andy Stanley
Hobby: I like shooting bows, hunting elk, and catching fish.
Exercise: I like shooting bows, hunting elk, and catching fish.
Season: I like the fall. (see above)
Quirks: I hate riding in the back seat because I get car sick. I love the sound of an elk bugling.
East Region Community Pastor – Post Falls Campus
My Family: My wife, Laura, and I have a grown daughter Lindsey and her husband, Brandon. We have four sons – Joshua, David, Jon and Nathan. We are the proud grandparents of Harper and Caleb with one on the way!
My Story: Although I was born in the south, I grew up in the New England area. I am a high school dropout. I don’t say that because I’m proud of it, but I want people to know that there’s hope for those who end up leaving high school without a diploma. After working several dead end jobs, I enlisted in the Navy when I was 18 years old. I got to travel across the world and had many experiences, but the defining moment of my life is when Laura and I accepted Christ just after we got married! I found success as a Navy Operations Specialist and retired after 22 years as a Master Chief Petty Officer. When we left Navy life in 2004, we moved to Post Falls where I began a new career teaching 7-12th grade at Classical Christian Academy. After two years, I was asked to take the job as Associate Headmaster. When we were invited to RLM, we quickly decided it would be our new church home. We began attending church and home group and soon God led us into leadership. I led and coached home group leaders until coming on staff as a Community Pastor in 2009. Back when I was in the Navy, I earned a BS in Business at California State University, San Bernadino, and now since coming on staff, I have earned a Graduate Certificate in Ministry through Hope International University.
Favorite Verse: “Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good and perfect will.” – Romans 12:1-2. This verse sort of sums up being a disciple of Jesus. I want to be transformed by God as I submit myself to Him in response to all He’s done for me!
Food: Growing up in the Boston area, lobsters were surprisingly affordable and we generally had a “clam bake” a few times each summer. (BTW…A “clam bake” may or may not include clams and is definitely not baked! It’s a New England thing I guess!)
Quote: “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – Albert Einstein.
Exercise: I enjoy running, but as I get older, I seem to be doing a lot more walking!
Smell: This one’s easy…the smell of bacon frying!! Oh, and the smell of Autumn leaves.
College / Young Adults Pastor – Post Falls Campus
Your Family: Wife-Aubrey; Kids-Stella, Ruby, and Beau
Your Story: I started attending RLM after moving back home from California in 2009. We joined our first Home Group, and from then on were sold out. I started volunteering in High School ministry in 2011, and came on staff as the High School associate in 2012. I stepped into the High School Youth Pastor role in 2013, and just recently made the transition into the College/Young adults role.
Before RLM: I was a district manager for a clothing company.
Favorite Bible Verse: Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. – Hebrews 11:1
Favorite Food: Food
Favorite Quote: Figure it out
Hobby: Sports, yard work, landscaping
Exercise: Playing with my kiddos…its really hard work
Pastoral Care (crisis grief, share, special needs, health and welfare) – Post Falls Campus
Hobby: My life.
Smell: A freshly bathed baby.
West Region Community Pastor – Post Falls Campus
“But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8. These two verses are so powerful in revealing the grace, mercy and justice of a loving God. A God that knows us and created each of us to spend eternity with him.Food: Fresh popped buttered popcorn with a cold glass of orange juice. This was the perennial favorite dessert/snack in the Turbin home.Quote: I think that different quotes have had a greater impact on my life at different times. One that always plays in the back of my head is my mother saying, “always be above reproach.” This is probably why I’m such a people pleaser and desire to serve others.
Hobby: Watching movies; old ones and non-fiction like Band of Brothers, The Glenn Miller Story, etc.
Exercise: Hiking and swimming.
Smell: This one is a toss-up between fresh brewing coffee and a campfire.
Middle School Pastor – Post Falls Campus
My Family: Married to my wife Jenny. We have three kids, Macy, Rowan, Emersyn and another baby due June, 2017.
My Story: I grew up in a Christian home, but started taking my faith seriously when I was 17 and needed some direction in my life! I attended Boise Bible College in Boise, ID and earned my bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry. I have been serving in churches since then, reaching and teaching youth for Jesus.
Before serving at Real Life I worked for a church in Southern Idaho doing Middle School Ministry.
Favorite Verse: “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.
Food: BBQ ribs
Exercise:The kind that doesn’t make me sweaty or tired.
Digital Communications Specialist – Post Falls Campus
My Family: My husband Sean and I were married in July of 2001. We’ve baked two biscuits, our son Robin and daughter Katie.
My Story: I’m a home grown LIFER. Jesus started calling me when I was pregnant with our son Robin. God brought us friends, that became family, and slowly my husband and I accepted an invitation to a crazy thing called a “home group” and then an invitation to church. Church had always scared me, intimidated me. But God used people and amazing relationships, as his hands and feet and slowly, church wasn’t so scary, and eventually it became a second home. We were both baptized in May of 2005 and started leading a home group. I was asked to get involved in Women’s Ministry and before I knew it I had a Facebook page, that led to a blog, that led to a job in Communications at Real Life Ministries.
Before RLM I dabbled a little in Physical Therapy and Exercise Physiology in my younger years, but the moment I was pregnant with our first child I became a mommy. I am so thankful I got to be in that role almost full-time until our two biscuits started school.
Favorite Verse: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus in you.” 1 Thessalonian 5:16-18.
Food: Bacon makes everything better.
Quote: “Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise.” Andy Stanley.
Hobby: Oh goodness, I think taking on new hobbies is my favorite hobby. I love to read, write, play guitar and ukulele. I love photography, and discovering quirky words. I’ve recently found I like to crochet, it’s fun to make something pretty with my own two hands.
Exercise: I hate running but I do it. I’ve just discovered a love for half marathons (never a full marathon, that’s insane). With a little music and the dance of a conversation with God in my head I can walk for miles. =)
Smell: My children fresh from the bathtub.
Front Desk Receptionist – Post Falls Campus
Favorite Verse: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7.
Lifer Cafe Manager – Post Falls Campus
My Family: I have 5 children, 2 girls and 3 boys! Six if you count my husband, Sam, who I have been married to for 23 years this June. 🙂
My Story: I came to know Jesus as MY Savior when I was 20 years old. My life before then was kind of a mess, to say the least. I found my husband at a college and career bible study, and 6 months later we were married and a month after that, we had a baby on the way! Being children ourselves and fairly new christians it was quite the drama for the first 10 years of our marriage. We always found a church home to attend every Sunday but we truly had no idea what we were doing! That caused many problems and we had no idea how to make it work and it almost didn’t. When we thought it couldn’t get any worse and we were separated, my husband found Real Life Ministries. I eventually followed him there and God promised me this, that “if you stay in this marriage I will give you the husband you have always wanted, and if you don’t stay… what glory will be in it for ME?”
Well it’s been 10 years now and we are incredibly blessed and I DO have the husband I’ve always desired!! Praise Jesus!
Favorite Verse: “For it is You who created my inward parts: You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works: my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:13-14.
Food: Being a full blown Italian girl from Chicago, much of our time involves yummy food. It’s kind of hard to find all the food your used to in Idaho…just saying…but I love it here and wouldn’t change that ever!
Quote: “One of my favorite quotes is, “The earth has music for those who listen.” Shakespeare.
Hobby: What I do when I’m not at work is spend much time with my family. They are so fun and time with them is precious, even though most of them are taller than me now!! Also, I’m a crazy worshiper!!! I guess thats a hobby. 🙂 Woo-hoo!
Smell: I’m kind of funny in that my nose never lies, so you’ll find me smelling your coffee most times when I make it, just to know it’s made right! My favorite smell would probably be fresh lilacs… I can almost smell them now!!
Team Leader for Security, Facilities, & Front Office – Post Falls Campus
There was a time that I fell away from my faith and surrounded myself with “friends” who were a negative influence on my life, resulting in some drug use. After a year of following the world, a girl sent me a random message inviting me to hang out at a church youth event. I showed up to the event along with those worldly “friends.” I felt complete conviction by the Holy Spirit when I saw these church people hanging out together. No one said anything special to me. There wasn’t even a sermon, just basketball and other games. As I observed the church family and their love for one another and for me, I decided I wanted part of that again. I left the event that night without my worldly friends, never looking back. I turned away from my sin and began to follow Jesus again. The girl who invited me to the church youth event is now my wife.
I began to stumble again when I became a police officer. I did not know how to deal with my un-confessed sin and the emotional roller-coaster that police work brought on. With no real relationships with other men who would keep me accountable, I began to lose focus on Jesus and I hurt my wife tremendously by my controlling and un-loving ways. I still knew Jesus as Savior but I wasn’t living completely with Him as Lord of my life. Later, I finally began to understand the need for real relationships, I got involved in a small group of men who discipled me and modeled to me what it looked like to make Jesus Lord of my life. Jesus started to change my life through these men and has restored many relationships, especially between my wife and I. My life is changed because of who Jesus is and what He did for me. I am now privileged to be set apart by God to shepherd His people and love his people just as they loved me.Favorite Verse: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.
Team Leader for Communications, Database & Team One/Biblical Education Teacher – Post Falls Campus
My Family: My wife, Dee, and I have been married since 1980. We have a daughter, Kayla, and son, Daniel.
My Story: I accepted Christ in 1973 but didn’t make Him my Lord until 1979. I came to Real Life in January of 2003. I have been a Home Group Leader, HG Coach, HG Lead Coach and Elder. Before coming on staff here, I owned an Architecture and Construction firm for 22 years.
Favorite Verse: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Phillipians 4:6-9.
Quote: “A true and safe leader is likely to be one who has no desire to lead, but is forced into a position of leadership by the inward pressure of the Holy Spirit and the press of the external situation… I believe it might be accepted as a fairly reliable rule of thumb that the man who is ambitious to lead is disqualified as a leader. The true leader will have no desire to lord it over God’s heritage, but will be humble, gentle, self-sacrificing, and altogether as ready to follow as to lead, when the Spirit makes it clear that a wiser and more gifted man than himself has appeared.” – A.W. Tozer.
Hobby: Reading, fly fishing and shooting.
Exercise: Bike riding.
Human Resources Manager – Post Falls Campus
Your Family: I’m married to my loving husband Roger for the last 35 years. Our son Travis and his beautiful wife, Sarah, gave us three adorable grand-kids (twins Allie and Lizzie and younger brother Seth). And our sweet daughter, Tanya, lives in Boise.
Your Story: I grew up in San Diego in the 70’s (great music era) and was in need of a Savior in the early 80’s and accept Jesus as my Lord, with my then boyfriend, now husband (Roger). Immediately we started attending Calvary Chapel, serving the Lord and attending a home group. Some of my family was living here in North Idaho and in 2003 the Lord called us to Post Falls. My sister was attending RLM so we gave it a try. At the time I didn’t like Jim’s preaching because I thought he yelled too much, but God showed me that that is not the sole reason I attend church. So, we got into a home group, I attended a Women’s bible study and I started helping Lydia Grubb in the office. And here we are 12 years later, hosting our home group and loving on people. And LOVING serving our staff!
Favorite Verse: Too many to mentioned, but one of them is… Hebrews 12:2 “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…”
Quote: “There is always, always, ALWAYS something to be Thankful for.”
Hobby: Huckleberry picking.
Exercise: Playing with the grand-kids!!
Smell: Can’t smell (never could).
Executive Pastor and Leader of the Church Training & Development and Adult Ministry Teams – Post Falls Campus
My Family: My wife Casey and I have been married 13 years. We have 3 children: Zachary, Jacob and Rhylee Jo.
My Story: I started attending RLM in 2001 – my wife and I were baptized in January of 2002! We came up through the small group system here and became small group leaders before I came on staff. Before working here, I was the Founder and CEO of a national corporation called Critical Power.
Favorite Verse: The book of James.
Hobby: Trying to keep up with my children..
Exercise: Chasing my kids around.
Smell: Fresh mountain air.
Front Office Assistant – Post Falls Campus
FavoriteVerse: “For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!” Ephesians 5:8 (NLT)
Food: I enjoy all kinds of different foods because I love to cook. But if I were to pick, it would be Ruby Red Grapefruit.
Quote: “Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.” C.S. Lewis.
Hobby: Cooking, gardening and collecting antiques.
Exercise: I enjoy hiking, bike riding and kayaking.
Smell: Crisp fall air with the faint smell of chimney smoke.
RLM Thrift Store – Post Falls Campus
My Family: I’ve been married to my wonderful husband John for 35 years. We have 3 grown children: Jennifer (married to Darren) has 3 girls: Taylor 8, Jordan 6 & Charlie 2 1/2. John (married to Katie) has a daughter, Elise 6 mos. Ian (married to Ashley) has 2 girls: Lucia 4 & Sadie 18 mos. They’ll be welcoming Maizy sometime in June. Yes, you read that correctly…John & I are blessed with 7 adorable granddaughters!
My Story: Here’s the condensed version: Before Christ my life consisted of a series of poor choices (after all, it was the 70’s in Southern California). John and I started dating and I got pregnant with Jennifer. She was born 6 weeks early and had many complications. At only a few hours old her heart stopped, as well as her ability to breathe. John and I were no longer “in charge” and found ourselves pleading with the ONE who was. She was transported to the Children’s Hospital in Santa Ana. John followed the ambulance, watching the medics through the back window as they attempted to resuscitate and keep our tiny baby alive. We were undone and helpless as we poured ourselves out to the Lord. He answered and we took Jennifer home 2 weeks later. A year or so after that, we were contacted by the hospital and were required to bring her in for an AIDS test (it was 1980, the beginning of the public awareness of this disease and Jennifer had undergone 5 blood transfusions in 2 weeks in a city where most blood donations were from drug addicts and prostitutes looking to make extra money). Two long weeks later, we were told she tested negative. We rejoiced and have praised our Lord and Savior ever since.
I was a stay at home mom until our kids were in school. I worked for the school district with Special Needs kids for several years. From there I worked at a plant nursery, then for a good friend at her nursery (Petal Pushers). A few years later I joined a fun group of gals who sold vintage stuff at the “Shabby to Chic” shop in CDA. John gently suggested I find a job that could actually help pay some bills! I desired to be in some type of ministry. The Lord blessed me with both when I started at the Thrift Store in July of 2006!
Favorite Verse: I can’t narrow it down to one. Here are a few of my faves:
“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24,
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18,
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, and also Psalm 139!
Food: Seafood, anything that swims.
Exercise: Do I? Not really. Should I? Absolutely. I do love to go for long walks.
Smell: Patchouli. I’ve been known to follow customers around the store who are wearing it.
Administrative Coordinator for the Men’s, Women’s, and Home Group Teams – Post Falls Campus
My Family: Husband of 24 years, Tony. Son – Brad. Daughter – Mariah and son-in-law, Tyler. Grandson and ‘Apple of my Eye’ – Kyler.
My Story: I was raised in a Christian home, but as is so often the case, I strayed from my faith as a teenager. It was not until after the birth of my son, and God’s revelation to me that I would be an intricate part of my son’s eternal destination, that I recommitted my life to Jesus. My husband, (who was not raised as a Christian) and I were baptized together 20 years ago. I was a stay-at-home mom for 15 years before going to work for my family’s business as the Office Manager/Bookkeeper for nine years.
In 2008 my son joined the Army. At this, my faith was rocked to its very foundation. It was during this period that I learned what true surrender meant. God wrestled from me what I held dearer than Him. I had come to a point in my life where I realized I had no control over a situation that could literally destroy me. I had no choice but to fully place my faith in Christ, come what may.
My son returned from a year in Afghanistan with severe P.T.S.D. and so the journey continues. It is a moment to moment faith walk, but this I have learned, God is always faithful, his plans for my family are to prosper us, not to harm us, to give us hope and a future. Thank you Father!
Favorite Verse: “This is My command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9. It gives me great comfort and peace to know that I am never alone, I have not been abandoned, that I do not fight my battles unaided.
Food: I am a meat and potatoes kind of gal. I was raised that a meal was never complete unless gravy was involved, therefore my favorite meal is turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing drowned in gravy. Pure comfort!
Quote: “What we do in this life echoes in eternity.” Maximus Decimus Meridius.
Hobby: My grandson and camping.
Exercise: I am a member of a comedic, precision dance/drill team called the Red Hot Mamas. I practice/workout three nights a week. Last year I had the privilege of participating in the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade in New York City. I also enjoy taking walks and hiking with my husband and three Chihuahuas.
Smell: Roasting turkey on Thanksgiving morning.
Arena Database – Post Falls Campus
My Family: I have been happily married to Cliff Schmand for 33 years. We have two amazing children Michael and Katie and their spouses Heather and Levi. We have been abundantly blessed with four grandchildren so far. Michael and Heather have a boy Jason, 6, and girl Hailey, 4. Katie and Levi have two girls Kenley, 2, and Peyton, 7 months.
My Story: Well, apparently, I cost $25.00 to bring into this world. My parents were in the service at the time and that’s what they paid the hospital in San Diego, California. We moved to North Idaho when I was in the first grade and I never left. I accepted the Lord when I was six years old at a local Billy Graham Crusade. Since that time, I have never doubted that that was the moment I was saved. The call from the Lord was undeniable. However, I coasted for awhile during my growing up years, but when I got pregnant with our first child, I realized I needed to grow in my Christian walk. There was more than just me to consider. It’s been an amazing journey.
I went to Whitworth College and received my Bachelors in political studies and business in 1979. I worked as a paralegal for a Spokane law firm from 1979 to 1984. I married Cliff in 1981 and had our first child in October 1984. I decided to quit work to be a stay-at-home mom. We had our second child in August 1986. I ended up home schooling both my children. After the children graduated, I worked a couple of short term jobs before coming on staff at Real Life.
God brought us to RLM quite by surprise. We needed a church that Cliff and I, and the children, could attend together as a family. Our varied schedules meant we couldn’t attend a church that only met on Sundays. We tried RLM once and never left. We worried that the size of Real Life would make it impersonal but we have never felt that way. I ended up volunteering and was asked to fill in for someone on maternity leave. She never returned and I replaced her possition. We feel so blessed by this wonderful church family. Our journey continues.
Favorite Verse: “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; You prepare a table before me in the presence of my
enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23.
Food: A great steak or lobster.
Quote: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” CS Lewis.
Hobby: Reading and playing with the grandchildren.
Exercise: Tennis (for fun – not competitive), walking and, again, chasing the grandchildren.
Smell: Dinner being cooked by someone else!
Communications Pastor – Post Falls Campus
Your Family: My wife, Angie, and I have three daughters – Meghan, Abbie, Sofie. One Son-in-law, Dylan, is married to Meghan.
My Story: I was born on a Sunday and by the next Sunday I was already attending church. My dad was the Senior Minister at Sandpoint First Christian Church. I was baptized at age 8. I met the love of my life, Angie, in college in Moscow, Idaho. We moved to Post Falls and after the birth of our third daughter, I got a call from Lydia Grubb about a church plant that was starting in the area. That church was eventually called Real Life Ministries. Before coming on staff here, I sold Foretravel Motorhomes and opened the Mongolian BBQ in Coeur d’ Alene.
Favorite verse: “But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 NLT
Food: Steak, please and thank you.
Quote: “Never, never, never give up.” Winston Churchill.
Exercise: Looking for the Remote.
Smell: The smell of pipe smoke, in the distance and wet grass ten minutes before game time at Memorial Field in Sandpoint.
Marriage & Family Ministry; Administrative Support/Counseling Intake – Post Falls Campus
Your Family: Charlie Brown; amazing husband for 37 years.
My Story: Is still being written! Prior to coming on staff at RLM I worked at the University of California as a Student Affairs Officer. I have raised and released two daughters with my husband, and in the process we have gained two, on-fire-for-Jesus, sons in law!
Favorite Verse: “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9.
Food: Barbecued salmon.
Quote: “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” Dr. Robert Schuller.
Hobby: Caddying for my husband.
Exercise: Riding my bike.
Smell: The fragrance right after a thunderstorm.
Guest Ministries Leader – Post Falls Campus
My Family: Husband – Ron.
My Story: I was born and raised in Eastern Pennsylvania. My husband Ron and I married and we moved to Illinois. That’s where the Lord got a hold of me. I became a Christian the year we got married. To this day my husband says “You’re not the girl I married”. I always say, ”No , I hope I’m better”. Our journey together has taken us to Illinois, Indiana, Arizona and now Washington. We’ve been here the longest and I love every minute of it.
When my husband and I met, I was his father’s corporate travel agent. I spent 13 years in the travel industry. When we moved to Arizona I was able to volunteer as a receptionist at my church. Because I was faithful and available they hired me part time. Then we moved to Washington and I worked part time as a greeter at STCU. That was actually the perfect job for me. When I was invited to join the staff at Real Life is was a hard decision because I loved what I was doing at STCU. But God had a plan and I jumped in with both feet and I haven’t looked back since.
Favorite Verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jerimiah 29:11.
Food: I’m not very picky when it comes to food. I do miss some of the food from the Pennsylvania Dutch area like lebanon bologna and scrapple. You probably don’t want to know what’s in either of those. Every few years my in-laws send those treats as a Christmas present! My husband, Ron and I do love our Sushi.
Quote: “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Marc Anthony.
Hobby: I love crafting in general! I lead the Quilting Ministry at RLM as a volunteer. I enjoy scrap-booking, rubber stamping, crocheting, zentangling, and creating Art Journals.
Exercise: I really like being outdoors whether I’m walking, hiking, riding my bike on the trails, or sitting by the lake or on the beach. I guess the latter doesn’t count as exercise unless I’m people watching.
Smell: There is nothing better than the smell of fresh cut grass!
Children’s Ministry (Elementary) – Post Falls Campus
My Family: 6 kids, 4 grandkids
Favorite Verse: My life verse; “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If your look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:11-13.
Pastoral Care (Memorial Ministry, Widows Ministry, Shut-in Visitation) – Post Falls Campus
My Family: Husband -Jim Grubb. Sons- Jonathan Grubb and his wife Erika, Aaron Williams and his wife Sena have a son Zion, and Frank Morton and his wife Jill.
My story: I grew up on a wheat farm in Central Idaho. As the second daughter, I was a tomboy who loved being outside in the garden and with the animals. God brought me to Himself at age 10. I was active in our little church untill I left for college. I attended a vet tech school in Wyoming and Bible college in Montana.I married Jim Grubb in 1985. We were blessed with Jonathan in 1989 and Aaron and Frank in 2009.
God gave me a heart for missions and has blessed me by opening the door to serve short-term in Italy, Mexico, Canada, Chile, Peru, Greece, Ethiopia, Iraq and 20 years in North Idaho. Before working at Real Life I served in youth ministries, young adult ministry, as a CE director, as a church secretary and always on the missions team. I’ve worked at vet clinics, a clothing store, as a grain truck driver, a car hop, at an optometrist office, and several churches.
Favorite Verse: There are sooooo many. My favorite depends on the situation. Romans 8 has many, but verse 31 has kept me going on tough days, “If God is for me, who can be against me.”
Quote: “Don’t doubt in the darkness what God has shown you in the light.”
Food: Greek/Mediterranean, big soft sugar cookies, fruit especially berries, garden ripe tomatoes.
Hobby: Quilting, gardening, crafts, decorating, encouraging others.
Exercise: Walking in nature with Jesus!
Smell: Roses, lilacs, vanilla, lavender, mango, warm cookies, chai tea.
Recovery Pastor – Post Falls Campus
My Family: My wife, Keira, and I have 5 kids and 5 grandkids, with the 6th due in July!
Your Story: I was born here at KMC and graduated from Lakeland high school. I moved a lot and had a rough childhood, my mom was a single mother to my two younger brothers and myself. I was hunting by the age of 10 to put food on the table. I was married during my senior year of high school and joined the Army right after graduation. I did 13 years in the Army and got out on an early retirement program. I then went on to become a business owner, I owned Squeeky Clean Spokane and MELTZ Extreme grilled cheese.
Favorite Verse: “Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:21-22.
Food: Rib eye, grilled on an open fire!
Quote: “Nobody cares what you know, until they know that you care.”
Hobby: Archery hunting; elk, deer, and bear.
Exercise: Playing squash and racquetball.
Smell: Favorite smell is grilling steak, and of course babies!
Thrift Store – Post Falls Campus
My Family: I have two children and six grandchildren.
Favorite Verse: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9. Also, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Tim. 1:7.
Favorite Food: Mexican.
Favorite Quote: “When the world hands you lemons, make lemonade.”
Smell: Nature and coffee.
Home Groups Pastor; Recovery Pastor; Associate Pastor; Preacher – Cd’A Campus
Food: Sushi (Hamachi and Escolar sashimi-style + ginger + wasabi + soy sauce = yummy!!!)
Quote: “Sweet dude!”
Hobby: Riding my bike, kicking hacky sack.
Exercise: That would be a good thing to do…
Smell: The forest, the ocean, & Nag Champa.
Church Plant Director – Post Falls Campus
My Family: Wife (Kedron), Son (Easton), Daughter (Adilynn).
My Story: I had wonderful parents growing up who introduced me to God in a real and personal way. Even with their investment I had a season of life where I was confident that I could do it better than God and I became my own god. After much disappointment and even some disaster, I came to realize that the only hope we have, is in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Favorite Verse: “And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,” Romans 4:5.
Food: Ice Cream Cake.
Hobby: Fly Fishing.
Exercise: I have two small children….
Smell: Fresh cut grass or sawdust.
Thrift Store – Post Falls Campus
My Family: I have three children; David Jr., Derek and daughter Demoree. I also have 6 grandchildren. My late husband, Dave Palm and I were the 3rd managers of our thrift store.
My story: I was raised in a Christ-filled home with pastors and ministers throughout my whole family. Before RLM, I was at Assembly of God and have been at RLM since 2001.
Favorite Verse: “But what things were gained to me, those I counted lost for Christ.” Philippians 3:7.
Food: Pizza and spaghetti.
Quote: “Trust in God daily.”
Hobby: Other than working at the thrift store, I like to read books on my outdoor swing and listen to music.
Exercise: As little as possible!
Adult Discipleship Ministry Lead Team North region, Biblical Education, Ordination – Post Falls Campus
My Family: wife Linda (married 08/19/94); son Jacob (15), daughter Rachel (13) and son Caleb (10).
My Story: I guess one of the ways I’ve described myself is, “I’m a Timothy Christian,” which is simply to say that I identify with Timothy – both his childhood and his adulthood. My “sincere faith” was, indeed, present first in my grandparents and then my parents and now lives in me! Born and raised in Spokane, WA, I’ve been a believer, a God-follower, a Jesus-freak for as long as I can remember – feeling God’s call into full time ministry when I was in high school. After graduating from high school I entered my “Jonah-phase” ignoring God’s call in pursuit of my own plans for my life attending Pacific Lutheran University with the high aspirations of graduating with a degree in the sciences and heading off to medical school to become a pediatrician (think Patch Adams!). Well…. after being swallowed whole by a whale called “Organic Chemistry, Micro Biology, Physics and some horrible math class” God had my full and undivided attention! And the rest, they say is history; truly “his-story!” I crammed a religion major into 3 semesters, graduated, took a year off to catch my breath, get married and headed off to Luther Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota where I earned a Master’s of Divinity degree with a concentration in ministry to youth and family through Youth Leadership Inc.
Four years later, in 1998, I was serving my first church in Gig Harbor, WA as an associate in youth and family ministry. I served in that capacity for 5 years before becoming the solo pastor at the same church for two years, until being officially called as their lead pastor. I continued serving in that capacity for another 5 years before God called me to step away. To trust and obey. To wait on Him to show me the next call. Finally, in August of 2011 the call from Real Life came, and so did we!
We are blessed to be a part of the team and are fully committed to doing our part to live out our historic faith right along with you as we reach the world for Jesus one person at a time.
Favorite Verse: “Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting of the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15-16.
Food: Most anything salty…
Quote: “To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, to be late is to be left behind.” “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Hobbies: Water skiing, snow boarding, camping, reading, and just about anything my kids are doing.
Exercise: Mountain biking, hiking and walking our dogs.
Smell: So many favorites… hot buttered popcorn, fresh mountain air, new born babies after bath time, whatever perfume my wife is wearing…
Benevolence Pastor – Post Falls Campus
My Family: Wife Luisa, oldest son Luke, daughters Clarissa and Evie, rest of my boys Alex, Ram and Zane.
Verse: “But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33.
Food: Chicken and brown rice.
Hobby: Coaching tackle football.
Exercise: Weight training.
Smell: The ocean.
College/Young Adults Admin – Post Falls Campus
Your Story: I grew up in the church as a pastor’s kid and got saved at a young age. In high school I felt a call on my life to ministry and in college that calling developed more specifically into music ministry. I currently volunteer in the worship arts ministry here at RLM and also play throughout the country in a Christian rock n’ roll band.
Lead Youth Pastor – Post Falls and Cd’A Campus
My Family: I have been married for 12 years to Sara and we have three beautiful girls.
My Story: I grew up knowing the right answers but doing the wrong things. I came to know Christ after high school and started volunteering in my church, which ended up leading to my start in vocational ministry. I have been pastoring at churches for over 13 years, from children’s, to youth, to young adults, to missions, and so much more. I have been on staff with RLM since 2012.
Favorite Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6.
Quote: “Freely you have received, freely give.” -Jesus.
Exercise: Skiing, mountain biking, swimming, and wrestling my kiddos.
Smell: Grilling steaks.
IT Department – Post Falls Campus
My Family: Wife Jennifer. Daughters Malarie (25) and Katie (21). And sons Sam (20), Anthony (15), and Zachary (12).
My Story: Its really too long to tell in this space, but ask me sometime and I would be happy to tell you all about how Jesus changed my life. Before Real Life Ministries I was a Forklift Driver .
Favorite Verse: This changes quite frequently. Gods word is full of amazing verses that stay on my heart until He reveals the next one that captivates me.
Quote: “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot.
Hobby: Hunting and fishing.
Smell: Thanksgiving Dinner.
Janitorial/Maintenance – Post Falls Campus
My Family: My wife, Darlene and my mom and her husband, Jean and Johnny Fleetwood.
My Story: I have been a janitor for twelve years around town.
Favorite Verse: ““For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.
Food: Indian or Thai!
Quote: “Ask not what your country can do for you , but what can you do for the country,” John F. Kennedy.
Hobby: Raising pond fish and game birds. Also, gardening and fishing.
Exercise: Walking my dog four times per week, one to two miles.
Smell: Fresh bread baking. Honeysuckles. Eucalyptus. The air after it rains.
Adult Discipleship Ministries – North Region, Womens and Curriculum Development – Post Falls Campus
My Family: My family lives all over; Heaven, Wyoming, Colorado, California, Texas, and Idaho. I learned from a wise pastor that you make a family with the people where you are. It is work to press into relationships that become family, but it is worth it!
My Story: It is a beautiful mess, an adventure with eternal impact filled with exciting twists and slow mundane moments. I would love to share mine and hear yours over coffee. Come talk with me. Before coming here to RLM, I lived in the Chicago-land working with a church training organization.
Favorite Verse: “To grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3-4.
Food: Tacos or mint chocolate.
Quote: “Grace changes everything.”
Hobby: Finding adventure and beauty. Being creative. This year I started ‘tangling’.
Exercise: Outside in the sun, volleyball or headphones and a treadmill… I just started some yoga.
Smell: Coffee, tobacco, and leather. And some cinnamon.
Counseling Intake Pastor – Post Falls Campus
My Family: My wife Cheri and I have two sons, Drew – 13 and Daniel – 10.
My Story: I was born in raised in Southern California. I became a Christian after accepting Christ at a high school camp in 1981, after my sophomore year. I met my beautiful wife of 24 years in 1989 and we were married in 1990. Our family moved to the Spokane area in 2007 after spending our entire lives in California. We live in Liberty Lake with our two sons.
I received a B.S. in Kinesiology from Calif. State University, Fullerton in 1995. I spent 20 years in the medical field as an EMT and Physical Therapy Assistant/Certified Athletic Trainer working with high school, college and professional athletes. After answering the call to ministry, I attended Fuller Theological Seminary and graduated in 2004 with an M.A. in Theology. I served 2 years as the Connections Pastor at Mission Viejo Christian Church in California. Then I was on staff for three years as a Community Pastor at RLM before moving to Arizona where I completed a 2 year chaplain residency program at a medical center in Mesa, AZ. I returned to RLM in 2013.
Favorite Verse: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39.
Food: Thai cuisine.
Quote: “God often uses our deepest pain as the launching pad of our greatest calling,” (Unknown).
Hobby: Reading and spending lots of time with my family.
Exercise: Love to play sports, especially with my kids!
Smell: A tie between fresh brewing coffee and frying bacon in the mornings.
Women’s Discipleship Team (West Region) – Post Falls Campus
Your Family: Husband- Sandy, Daughters- Noelle & Grace, Son- Christian.
Your Story: I was born to teenage parents in the late 70’s. Growing up we moved about every three years; we lived in various places in Washington, Montana, Oregon, and Idaho. As a child I always loved Jesus, but I officially accepted him into my heart in 1993. While I loved Jesus, he was not Lord of my life until my early 20’s. My tag line for that season was “saved but stupid”. In 1995 I married my husband, Sandy, and God has blessed us with three children- Noelle, Christian, and Grace. Before coming to work here at Real Life I was a Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) Specialist, then a stay-at-home mom.
Favorite Verse: “Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.” Philippians 4:8.
Favorite Quote: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
Church Training & Development Team – Post Falls Campus
My Family: My husband Gary and I have been married 37 years. We have three grown children and seven grandchildren!
My Story: I started going to RLM in 1999. I soon started volunteering with Women’s Ministry and the Worship Arts Team. I have been on staff since 2004. Before coming on staff here, I worked for the State of Idaho in the Dept. of Health and Welfare.
Favorite Verse: “Do not be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2.
Quote: “People may admire your strengths, but they resonate with your weaknesses.” Cary Nieuwhof .
Exercise: Not often…
Real Life Kids, Early Childhood Ministry Leader – Post Falls Campus
My Family: My husband Damon, son Ryan, and daughters Sarena and Hayden.
My Story: I was born and raised in the Post Falls/CDA area. I graduated from Post Falls High School in 1995, and worked a variety of different jobs. I was not raised going to church and when I stumbled upon Real Life on a rainy Halloween evening with my 3 small kids, I didn’t even know I was looking for a church. But God had other plans! At the time, I was a director for a child care center in Spokane Valley by day and a bar tender at a local bar by night. But in 2003 we attended that Harvest Festival because it was raining and we wanted the kids to get to go trick-or-treating. We were really surprised at how nice everyone was and decided to come check out a Sunday service the following weekend. We attended for about a year and got baptized in August of 2004. That September we joined a home group and started learning what it really meant to live our lives for the Lord. I came on staff in April of 2006 as an admin. and about 6 months later, I joined the children’s team. Jesus has changed our lives and truly given us an amazing church family!
Favorite Verse: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God, once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Peter 2:8-10.
Food: Crab cakes.
Quote: “Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.” Mordecai from Esther 4:14.
Hobby: Love spending time by the lake!
Exercise: It’s always the plan…..
Team Lead for the Church Training & Development Team and Adult Ministries – Post Falls Campus
My Family: Husband, Craig Miles, RLM CDA Campus Pastor. Children; Stephanie, Kayla, Zach and Jake. Grand babies; Graycee and Ryeder.
My Story: Before working at Real Life I was a stay at home mom and Pastor’s wife. I am currently in the process of writing a parenting book called “Why Some Animals Eat Their Young and God Won’t Let Us!”
Favorite Verse: “Be Strong & Courageous!” ROOAAARR!!!!!!!!! (Joshua 1:9)
Food: Chips and salsa.
Quote: “Forced joy is better than genuine depression.” Also, “It’s all fun and games until someone get hurt… then it’s hilarious!”
Hobby: Anything outside! Boating, camping, hiking, fishing… I am a “Lake Chic”! Also, spending time with my family and sleepovers with my grand babies. Oh! And laughing… especially when people get hurt.
Exercise… Oh… I thought you said “Extra Fries!”
Exercise… Oh… I thought you said “Accessorize!”
Exercise… ex…er…cise, ex…ar…size, eggs…are…sides for bacon, BACON!
Yes, I workout at the Kroc.
Smell: The outdoors in the Northwest, especially after it has rained.
Children’s Ministry Admin – Post Falls Campus
My Family: My husband of 15 years and our four children, ages 12, 9, 6 & 4.
My Story: I grew up in Post Falls and have lived here for most of my life. I joined Real Life Ministries back when Jim had “thicker hair”. I love this area and I love his church. I am truly blessed to be apart of God’s work that he is doing in our area.
Favorite Verse: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6.
Hobby: Playing women’s volleyball & softball. Coaching and watching my kid’s teams, and cheering on the Post Falls Wrestling Team!!! Go Trojans!!!
Women’s Discipleship Team (East Region) – Post Falls Campus
Facility/Kitchen Lead – Post Falls Campus
My Family: My wife of 24 years is DonDon Williams. I have a 15 year old daughter, Reilly Williams and a 9 year old boy, Rhys Williams.
My Story: My story begins in 1994 when I recruited Brandon Guindon to compete in track and field as well as football at my Alma mater, Linfield College in Oregon. Brandon and I became very close while he was attending Linfield. I moved back home to Coeur d’ Alene in 1996 and started attending RLM in 1998 at Brandon’s prompting. I was baptized that same year and the rest is as they say, history. This August will make three years I’ve been on staff at RLM.
Favorite Verse: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2.
Food: Most anything with gravy on it!
Quote: “First you have to learn to listen and then you can listen to learn.”
Hobby: Hunting, fishing, and watching my kids do their various activities.
Exercise: If I have too, it’s hiking in the woods!
Smell: I absolutely hate the smell a candle makes once it’s been put out.
Operations Manager for Worship Arts Department – Post Falls Campus
My Family: I have been married for 20 years to my wife Tomi. Tomia and I have a son and a daughter.
My Story: Was baptized at 12 years old. I was rescued by God from the alcoholic path when I was 17, in a chemistry class. I started playing music when I was 20 and I wanted to become a youth pastor. I was lead into the Music Ministry and volunteered many, many years until being employed at RLM as the Worship Arts Director. I am currently taking a break from music and pastoring and slipped behind the scenes in my current role at RLM. Originally I went to NIC to become an Electrical Engineer but plans were deterred. I ended up working at a lumber company for many years, got married and had a family. I have worked many various jobs (Truck driving; Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanic; Transmission Mechanic).
Favorite Verse: “Therefore, God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11.
Food: Coffee and pizza.
Quote: I have two: “A little bit often; Is better than a lot every now and then” – Bill Krause. “There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss. Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience; a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust.” – Klaus Balkenhol.
Hobby: Mountain biking; mapping trails and backcountry adventuring on my mountain bike.
Exercise: Cycling; lifting weights; walk-jogging.
Smell: Deep mountain air; fresh brewed coffee.
Benevolence Admin – Post Falls Campus
My Family – Married for nearly 25 years to my husband, Chris with our 3 children, Jessica (along with her husband, JoJo), Micaela and Logan. We are soon-to-be empty-nesters who are looking forward to the next phase in life. We have been enjoying watching our children become the wonderful adults God created them to be.
My Story – I was born in Colorado and at the age of 5 our family moved to Alaska. Life was an adventure and when my father had an emergency helicopter landing in the small town of Talkeetna, it lead to an invitation to a home group meeting that would change my life forever. My growing up in that small close-knit community and church family, with a few bumps along the way, brought me to meeting my husband while attending Bible school in Anchorage. We were married and Chris adopted my daughter Jessica. After the birth of our other two children we decided to throw caution to the wind and head to a warmer climate. We moved to Idaho in June of 1998 and eventually became members of RLM in 2008. After 7 years of volunteering with our Benevolence ministry and in God’s perfect timing, I was blessed with a position working with the team I love after being a stay-at-home mom for over 20 years.
My Favorite Verse – I think it changes daily! However, I love the message of Romans 8…Nothing can separate us from the love of God!
My Favorite Food – I LOVE trying new foods! From exotic fruits to sushi to baba ghannouj and of course dark chocolate and good coffee.
Quote – “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning how to dance in the rain!”
Hobby – Traveling, sharing good food and great conversations with friends & family and reading.