Life church staff and leaders

Life Church has many different servant leaders that are not mentioned on this page. This page is full of

leaders who love to serve the kingdom of God and the ministries of Life Church in Emporia, Kansas.  

  • tony lantz - lEAD PASTOR

    tlantz@lifechurchemporia.comTony is a graduate of Central Bible College in Springfield MO.  Tony and Teri have been married since 1993 and have been in full-time ministry together since then as well.  In 2002 and 2004 God gave them two children, Jadon and Adin.  Tony began pastoring here at LC in 2003 after youth pastoring for six years back when the church in Emporia was called First Assembly.  Tony's current roles include: being God's mouthpiece for LC, vision casting, leadership development, and shepherding.  Tony and Teri consider Emporia to be their home but they are from Sapulpa, OK.  Tony and the whole family enjoy anything that has to do with water:  the ocean, the lake, jet-skiing, fishing, boating, and swimming.     tlantz@lifechurchemporia.com

  • TERI LANTZ - LEAD PASTOR'S WIFE

    Teri married Tony in 1993.  Together they have 2 boys.  Teri's ministry roles include being a wife to Tony, a mom to Jadon and Adin, and loving the people of Life Church.  She also serves our community at Walnut Elementary School as a strong Godly influence.  Teri really enjoys hanging out with family and helping in the ministry every way she can.  teri.lantz@usd253.net

  • T.R. STEWART - YOUTH/ASSOCIATE PASTOR

    Pastor T.R. is a May 2000 graduate of Central Bible College in Springfield, MO. He and Mel met while T.R. was doing a summer internship at Revival Tabernacle in Highland Park, MI in 1999 and they have been married since 2003. T.R. is dad to three awesome children (Gavin, Keegan, and Maren). They have been on staff in Southern California, Western Kansas, Metro Kansas City, MO and are excited to be at Life Church in Emporia (T.R.'s hometown). T.R. likes going out on dates with Mel, wrestling with his kids, watching movies, cooking, playing guitar, and hanging out with students at the lake or around a bonfire.  trstewart@lifechurchemporia.com

  • sarah jenek - worship

    Sarah Jenek is married to Jon, they have a beautiful daughter named Piper and an awesome son named Fynn.  Sarah's role here at Life Church is to bring worship in meaningful ways into the culture here at Life Church.  Sarah and Jon are both originally from Emporia, KS.   sjenek@ymail.com

  • christian griffitts - communications

    Christian is our Communications Assistant in the office.  Her role includes secretarial duties, communicating information, keeping the Lead Pastor's schedule straight. Christian is from Eureka KS and just graduated from ESU.  cgriffitts@lifechurchemporia.com

  • jen sandoval - financial assistant

    Jen is our Financial Assistant and Spiritual Life Director.  Her roles include all things financial as well as much of the business side of Life Church.   Jen also serves to develop, with direction of the Lead Pastor, a yearly comprehensive and timely Spiritual Life Calendar at Life Church.  In general, she helps to develop prayer and the spiritual disciplines at Life Church.  Jen is married to Anton and they have two beautiful girls. jsandoval@lifechurchemporia.com

  • bryson rumple - lc college and young adults (overflow)

    Bryson is our College and Young Adults Director.  His roles include engaging college and young adults on a weekly basis at "Overflow".  Bryson is happily married to Kassandra and they have an awesome little boy named Caleb.  bryson.rumple@gmail.com

  • mel stewart - LC Women's ministry team leader (a.l.l.)

    Mel is over our women's ministries here at Life Church.  Her role is encouraging and exposing women to the transforming power of Jesus Christ, discipling them to follow His example, and training them to minister to others.  Mel is married to Pastor T.R. and homeschools their three children. melthebaglady@yahoo.com

  • derek hawes - lc men's ministry team leader

    Derk is over our men's ministries here at Life Church.  His role is encouraging and developing men into the godly leaders they should be.  Derek is married to Amy and they have two awesome kids together.    hartsvillelsufan@gmail.com

  • melissa johnson - next steps director

    Melissa Johnson is our next "Next Steps Director".  She is married to Kris Johnson and they have two beautiful children together, Kinsley and Kylen.  Melissa is from Hoisington Kansas and is a 3rd Grade Teacher.  melissa.johnson@usd253.net

  • craig kosinski - sound team leader

    Craig is over our Sound Team at Life Church.  His role is to make sure everything sounds awesome at all of our experiences.  Craig is a very talented sound guy and is married to MaryLyn and they have 5 kids between them and several grandchildren. kswindwerks@gmail.com

  • stage design team

    Corey Darbro, Chad Smith, Jon Jenek, Kyle Ramsey, and Taylor Surmeier make up our "Stage Design Team".  They build sets and props for sermon series and productions that are done at Life Church.  

  • lindsay smith - lc kids director (sundays)

    Lindsay Smith is our Sunday morning LC Kids Coordinator.  Her role is leading kids church on Sunday mornings into the life of Jesus Christ through preaching, worship, altar time and having fun.  Lindsay is married to Chad and they have two great kids together.  Lindsay's favorite pastimes include eating, reading, and air conditioning.  lindsay.smith@usd253.net

  • Jayme gillund - lc mega kids director (wednesdays)

    Jayme Gillund is our Wednesday Night Mega Kids Coordinator.  Her role is leading the Mega Kids team as they disciple kids into the life of Jesus Christ through teaching, scripture memory, worship and having fun.  Jayme is married to Troy and together they have three beautiful children.  Jayme absolutely loves her family, sports, and especially running.  jaymegillund@gmail.com

  • Erica Fianu - lc littles nursery director

    Erica is the Director of Early Childhood Development at Life Church. You will find Erica before services on Sundays in the LC Little's areas welcoming the youngest members of Life Church and their families. Erica loves children and helping them come to know Jesus. Erica has been blessed to call Life Church her home since she was little.  erica.fianu@usd253.net

  • forrest peterson - transportation director

    Forrest is in charge of our vehecles here at Life Church.  He oversees those who are being picked up for services on Sundays as well as Wednesday nights.  Forrest is happily married to Angie and they have two children and three grandchildren.  

  • deb burnheide - host team leader

    Deb is in charge of all of our host ministries here at Life Church. Deb oversees the greeters, ushers, and welcome center ministries.  Deb is happily married to Dale and together they have children and grandchildren together.  

  • tom stewart - missions director

    Tom heads up our Missions Team here at Life Church.  Tom is married to Sherry and they have five adult children and nineteen grandchildren.  stewart3242@sbcglobal.net

  • ??? - evangelism events director

    This position is currently vacant.  

  • tony and tammy arvieux - video projection/audio/media

    Tony and Tammy create most of our media, both audio and visual on Sunday mornings at Life Church. Tony and Tammy are happily married with two grown sons as well as two grandsons. tarvieux@lifechurchemporia.com

  • marvin and jamie potter - celebrate recovery

    Jamie and Marvin are over Celebrate Recovery at Life Church.  They are happily married and are excited about helping those who are trying to get past their hurts, habits, and hangups.  jamie_girl82@yahoo.com

  • ron newlin - facilities

    Ron is over our facilities and he makes sure that they look wonderful each week. Ron is happily married to Ellen and they have three awesome adult children and several grand children. newlinrj@gmail.com

  • life church elders

    Our elders are a vital part of what happens here at Life Church.  They help give support to the pastor, help with financial oversight, and help with both spiritual and physical needs that relate to the body of Christ.  Our current elders are Rod Wolfe  (Secretary), Anton Sandoval (Treasurer), Ron Newlin, Derek Hawes and Larry Green.