Hometown: Pensacola, Florida
Pastor Stephen came to Christian Life in 1994. Besides his love for Jesus, Pastor Stephen is known for his passion for teaching, transparency, and enjoyment of a good joke. As a man of grace, his heart is to make Columbia a hard place to go to hell from. Stephen has an anointing to convey practical application of the Word to everyday life experiences.
Family: Stephen and his wife, Ramona, married in 1979 and they have four children.
Executive Associate Pastor
Hometown: Sumter, SC (birthplace Cleveland, Ohio)
Glenn is a longtime lover of Jesus with a passion for worship. He is a worship leader, songwriter, pastor, and mentor. He has the heart of a Pastor/Father for young men and women who are pursuing the Lord’s calling with an emphasis on worship. One of his greatest joys is to see others discover, grow and be released into their kingdom destiny and calling. In addition to one-on-one mentoring, he helps to develop and disciple worship leaders and teams within the local church.
For the past 20 years, he has served as worship pastor at Christian Life Church in Columbia, South Carolina. He and his wife, Jessica, have a tribe of five children, all of whom are involved in music, worship and songwriting ministries.
V. Justin Smith
Community Life Pastor
Hometown: Irmo, South Carolina (Birthplace Georgetown, South Carolina)
Justin has been at Christian Life since he was 7 years old. He graduated from Southeastern University, Lakeland, Florida, in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Church Ministries with a Pastoral Concentration. He joined the pastoral staff that same year. He is currently the Community Life Pastor overseeing evangelism training, ministry involvement, and membership. Justin has the ability to make everyone feel welcome and accepted which makes him suited for the ministries he is overseeing.
Family: He has been married to Angela since 1999. They have four children, two boys and two girls.
Passion: Justin wants to see the church of Jesus Christ become Kingdom focused, unified, and equipped in order to make Columbia, SC, a place that is hard to go to Hell from. He also has a passion to work with pastors and churches across denominational, cultural, and racial barriers. He does this through his relationship with the ministry of Mission Columbia. (www.missioncolumbia.org)
Favorite Pastime: Apple fan, Mac computing, do-it-yourself projects, and creating/trying new foods.
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Care and Missions Pastor
Hometown: Mobile, AL
Pastor Tommy received a Business Admin/Economics degree from the University of South Alabama and received his ministerial degree from Berean School of the Bible. He has 24 years of associate pastoral ministry as an associate, youth pastor, children’s ministry, music/worship minister, church business administration, Christian school administrator, missionary associate to European Ministry Centre and Christian Centre Church in Brussels, Belgium. He has been on the pastoral staff at Christian Life since 1998. He is pastor over missions, visitation coordination, and our café.
Passion: His heart beats for missions.
Family: Tommy and Jeannie were married in 1969. They have 2 children and 8 grandchildren.
Favorite Pastime and Hobby: Grandkids, tennis, and gardening.
Family Life Pastor
Hometown: Long Branch, New Jersey
Pastor Frank brings a wealth of pastoral and kids experience with him to Christian Life. He came to Christian Life in 2004. He graduated from Long Island Bible College.
Family: Frank and Linda have been married since 1974 and have four children.
Passion: His passion is to see families passionate about loving and serving Jesus all the days of their lives.
Favorite Pastime: Frank enjoys skiing and scuba diving.
Union Students and Union Young Adult Pastor
Hometown: Milton, FL
Cory has been in full time ministry since December 2002. Before that he worked with AT&T and served as a youth leader and board member at First Assembly, Milton, Florida (just outside of Pensacola). Following that, he and his family moved to Callaway Assembly of God to serve as Youth Pastors. In that time, he was able to be a part of The Cadre (a 2 year mentoring group led by Jeanne Mayo). He also initiated a summer internship program for young adults. Through this, they were able to grow as ministers + Christ followers. He came on staff at Christian Life on August 1, 2011.
Passion: He says, "Family is our philosophy. We believe it is God's design for life and ministry."
Family: Cory has been married to Joy since 2000 and they have 4 children, Autumn, Easton, Ella Kate, and Emory.
Executive Director South Carolina School of Leadership
Hometown: Wooster, Ohio
Darren has been in full time ministry since July 28, 1981. He was used of God as a youth pastor serving for sixteen years in South Carolina to create a life-changing youth ministry which saw its numbers grow to equal the size of the adult congregation.
Darren also served as the Youth Ministry Specialist at Valley Forge Christian College in PA for two years. He returned to South Carolina to start SC Master’s Commission at Christian Life in August 2006. The name was changed to South Carolina School of Leadership in 2009 to reflect the desire to train young people not just for ministry but to develop life skills that will benefit them in all walks of life. For more info: www.SCSL.com.
Family: Darren has been married to Mandy since 1989. They have 2 children, Cailyn and Braydon.