Tim & Steph Mangan

Hi there! We’re Tim & Steph.

We get the honor of leading Life church, we are passionate about our incredible God and dedicated to loving all people.

A bit about us, Steph’s a nature nut and Tim is an adventure magnet.

We have been building a homestead for the last few years, complete with pigs, chickens, and bees (stay tuned for goats and a dairy cow!) and we love every bit of the work and seeing our kids get involved.

We’ve been married for 12 years and have four epic kids.

We met in Sydney Australia at Tim’s home church Hillsong, where we were going to their bible school. Steph was clueless and Tim was smitten. You’ll have to hear the details of our love story in person, but 2 years later we were married.

We both felt the call to spend our lives serving God and building the church. We’ve done it through many forms, but our favorite was when we moved to Michigan and launched Life Church.


Carol Whittum

Carol has been on staff at Life Church since the very beginning as the administrative assistant and office manager.

She loves being a part of what God is doing here at Life Church and it’s her mission to keep things running smoothly!

When Carol isn’t at church she enjoys coordinating weddings, a good rib-eye steak and time spent with her husband Brad, whom she met on a blind date & has been married to for 37 years!

She loves Sundays because she gets to come to church and spend the afternoon relaxing with her family.


Manny Ortiz

Manny is the worship director at Life Church.

He has been a part of the church for three years. He is originally from El Salvador but currently lives in Grand Rapids … He’d love for you to speak Spanish with him!

Outside of church he enjoys eating “real” Mexican food, spending time hiking, or playing soccer.

Manny is currently attending Calvin Seminary for pastoral care and family counseling.

His favorite day of the week is Monday & he loves mornings …


Luke & Sarah Scott

Luke and Sarah oversee Life Kids at church.

Luke has been a part of Life Church since the beginning and Sarah has been with us since the summer of 2016 when the staff “played match-maker” and succeeded - as they were married a year later!

Luke and Sarah love serving in kids because they continue to see kids grow as they apply what they learn week after week.

When they aren’t serving here at church they enjoy being outdoors camping, fishing, kayaking and spending time with their nieces and nephews.

They love Saturdays and you’ll probably catch them eating out at their favorite place in town, The Paisley Pig!


Grace Glessner

Grace is the creative director and oversees Life Youth at church.

She has been a part of Life Church since the very beginning.

She loves that her job allows her to do creative things such as photography, video, and graphics for church while also having the opportunity to oversee and lead the youth generation.

Grace looks forward to Fridays because she loves the weekend … and enjoys spending time with her puppy Ivy, going to the beach, skiing, surfing or just curled up on the couch doing nothing.

She also enjoys Sundays very much because she loves church and her weekly tradition of Arturo’s because “Tacos are life.”