DIR OF FINANCE & OPERATIONS
Thad has been in vocational ministry for over sixteen years. His experience ranges from youth ministry to marriage ministry and leadership development. He joined the Real Life team in Pullman in 2017. Thad has worked in a variety of fields throughout his life that have equipped him to truly connect and minister to those around him. In the midst of either being a sales manager, a business owner or lead pastor Thad sees ministry as a lifestyle commitment. Thad has five grown children, two granddaughters and one amazing wife - Kaila.
Terry was born in St. Maries, ID, and moved to Colfax with his wife, Tricia, in 1999. They have called Real Life their home since 2008. They have three children: Jenna, Elizabeth, and Jeffrey. After 19 years as a business owner, Terry joined the Real Life team in Pullman and is excited to see what the future holds.
Gary grew up in Spokane and came to school at WSU where he met his wife, Judy, as volunteer leaders in Young Life. He served on staff with Young Life for 31+ years in the Tri-Cities, San Jose, CA and Malawi, Africa before returning to Pullman 13 years ago as the College Director for Young Life at WSU & U of Idaho. He has a heart for both discipleship as well as reaching the disconnected, disinterested students. The new building will be a focal point for many college events and connections. Gary and Judy have 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren.
Corban was born in Phoenix, Arizona. His father and grandfather were both pastors, and Corban completed his degree from Hope International University to follow in their steps. He has served in youth ministry since 2009 and was the youth pastor at Hacienda Heights Baptist Church for four years before joining Real Life in 2018. He hopes to bless others as God has blessed him.
COFFEE SHOP & HOSPITALITY
Chris was born in Virginia, and grew up outside Washington DC in Manassas Virginia. Chris has a passion for creative Arts, Technology and worship ministry and has been leading worship in different capacities for nine years. He was in ministry in the Nashville TN area for about five years before joining the Real life staff in 2019. Chris earned his bachelors in Ministry Leadership at Williamson College in Franklin, TN. Chris and has wife Mariah are excited and committed to what God is doing in Pullman and the surrounding areas.
Annika grew up in Snohomish, Washington, and moved to Pullman in 2017 to go to WSU as a fourth generation coug. During her time in Pullman she was a manager at the SHBM Atrium Café, the wellness chair of her sorority, and a college YoungLife leader. She graduated in December 2020 with a degree in Hospitality Business Management and has spent the past few months working in Chelan. Now she’s back in Pullman and is so excited to get to serve others in the community.
LIFER KIDS MINISTRY
Kaila grew up in Thunder Bay Ontario where she graduated high school and later went on to finish University. Life led her West and she fell in love with the Banf area where she lived and worked for almost 10years. A chance meeting with Thad attending her church changed both of their lives for the better. Kaila's still new to "the states" and enjoying married life with Thad. They both enjoy backpacking, exploring, fishing, kayaking and spontaneous adventures of all kinds.
Alex was born in Oregon, but most of his childhood was spent in Olympia, Washington. He graduated from Northwest University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy and recently graduated with his master's degree in Biblical counseling. Alex and his wife, Carissa, have four children, Landon, Adelyn, Dawson, and Kashton. Alex and Carissa have been involved with Real Life since the church’s first meeting.