THE STAFF

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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.

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Anthony Prince, Executive Pastor

Anthony is a husband, dad and pastor - in that order.  He is a graduate of Fuller Seminary, and has been in pastoral ministry for 18 years. As a consultant & ministry coach, Anthony specializes in helping congregations across the US develop church-wide strategic planning, build sustainable ministries, and create multi-site solutions to better reach their communities. He is married to Christine and together they have three children.

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Brenda euston, Hospitality Director

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.

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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." 

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KEVIN GANDY, associate pastor

Kevin has served with students and young adults for 13 years. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies, has two Master’s degrees (M.A. & Th.M.) from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a B.S. from Marquette University. Though he was born in Charlotte, NC, Kevin considers himself a Texan "at heart," and loves living in LA. He loves good food, coffee, Netflix, and culture. He’s also traveled to 65 countries across 4 continents (but who's counting?).

NIKI HUNT, FINANCE

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 Jack!

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Royce Panzarini, Office Manager & Technical Director

Royce is a lifelong resident of Southern California and graduated from CSU Fullerton with a degree in Child & Adolescent Development and a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential. She brings over a decade of experience as a volunteer and staff member in both large and small churches which has given her a range of assets and gifts that she brings to the Real Life team in the areas of tech production, community outreach, and office management.

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STACI TRAVISANO, CHILDREN'S MINISTRY & Groups director

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.


THE BOARD

BRYAN CLAY, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

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.

Mark Perone Real Life LA

MARK PERONE, CONNECTIONS

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 SMART, ESSENTIALS

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.

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PAUL SVAGDIS

Paul is the head baseball coach at Azusa Pacific University. Svagdis led the Cougars to their first PacWest Championship in just their fourth season in the conference which earned him the PacWest Coach of the Year honor. In addition to his coaching duties, he also teaches in the university's department of exercise and sport science. Paul and his wife, Catherine, have a daughter Emma, and a son Dominic.

Zack Swire Real Life LA

ZACK SWIRE, COMMUNICATIONS

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.