JiM Miller, Lead pastor

Jim has been serving in professional ministry, non-profit management, and teaching for twenty years. He has a D.Min. from Fuller Seminary, an M.Div. from Princeton Seminary, and a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, and he now teaches at Fuller Seminary and Horizon University. His latest book is Hardwired (Abingdon Press).  Jim is married to Yolanda and is father of two.


Jack Daghelian, Tech Coordinator

Jack has 1 goal in life, serving God, specially through his line of work.  He graduated as a sound engineering and is now the founder of Aeternae Productions, which he runs with his wife. He has also been a drummer since the age of 12 and is a composer and a videographer. He's madly in love with what he does.


Brenda euston, Office manager

Brenda brings many years of office management experience to Real Life.  She takes pride in providing quality work and exceptional customer service.  Brenda is married to Jason and they are parents to Jacob and Ally.



Vanessa Farish, Worship Director

Vanessa is a graduate of the University of California at Irvine and a lifelong musician.  She has released four full-length CD's, including "Never Too Late" and "Girl + Guitar." 

Pastor Kevin Gandy Real Life LA

KEVIN GANDY, associate pastor

Kevin has served in student ministry for ten years. He has a Th.M. and M.A. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a B.S. from Marquette University. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies in Dallas. Though he was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Kevin considers himself a Texan "at heart," and loves living in LA. He has also travelled to 60 countries across 4 continents (but who's counting?).


Niki comes to us with many years of experience in finance and bookkeeping. She serves as a resource to the Finance Team and the Board.  Niki is responsible for the church's record-keeping and financial reporting. She is married to Dave and mom to Caylen, Emma, and #3 coming in October!

Staci Travisano Real Life LA


Staci has been serving with and leading teams in children's ministry for over a decade. She is a conference speaker and presenter with Group Publishing and an active community advocate for children's education. Staci believes in equipping middle school and high school students through service as they journey towards becoming who God created them to be. Staci is married to Mark and they are parents to Madisyn, Jacob, and Allisyn.



Bryan won the gold medal for the decathlon in 2008. He is an internationally recognized speaker, advocate, and entrepreneur.  He is the author of "Redemption: A Rebellious Spirit, a Praying Mother, and the Unlikely Path to Olympic Gold." He and his wife Sarah have three kids. Thus far, he is the only member of the RL Board to appear on a box of Wheaties.

Yo Miller Real Life LA


Yo has retired from professional youth ministry but continues to substitute teach and teaches extracurricular GATE classes for Glendora schools. She is passionate about her work with the Division of Vocation and Formation at Fuller Seminary, where she received her M.A. She is a former UCLA Bruin (literally--she was the mascot for 2 years) and is married to Jim and mama to their two adorable hapa kids.

Mark Perone Real Life LA


Mark has devoted the last 20 years to building, creating, and maintaining small businesses. He has a true entrepreneurial passion and strategic vision for business. He is committed to the spiritual growth of young people and has been serving in youth ministry for the past 5 years. Mark and his wife Laura, have been married for 19 years and have 3 children.

Craig Smart Real Life LA


Craig is a corporate Vice President and entrepreneur experienced in building teams. He is invested in developing youth programs in the local community. He and his wife Randi have two kids.

Zack Swire Real Life LA


Zack is a CEO, entrepreneur, and corporate leader. He has built several companies, including a marketing firm and multiple social impact companies. He serves as a consultant for businesses and nonprofits that have a heart for making a difference in the world. He and his wife Gwen are parenting triplets.