Our Team

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Pastor Shell and Missy Osbon Lead Pastor

Shell has been married to Missy since 1986 and they reside in Marietta, GA. They have one son (SJ), one daughter-in-love (Tina), one grandson (Cooper) and one daughter (Summer Joy). In addition to his family life and pastoral duties, Shell has been privileged to serve the following organizations in various roles: Georgia District of the Assemblies of God, Beulah Heights University, Smyrna Public Safety Foundation, SuperSmyrna, First Priority Ministries, Steering Committee for the City of Smyrna’s Vision for the Community, Smyrna Citizen Corp Council as well as chaplain for the Smyrna Fire Department and the Smyrna Police Department.

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Pastor Dyke and Glenda VerkerkSenior Associate Pastor

Dyke and Glenda met at Southwestern Assemblies of God University and were married in 1974. They are blessed with a daughter, Lindsey, a son, Landon, a daughter-in-law, Ali, and three awesome grand kids, Halle, Keenon and Anchour. Full-time ministry has been their life since 1980. Dyke’s calling, to provide ministry support to the lead pastor, has provided him an array of ministry experience including music ministry, youth ministry, and business administration. Dyke currently serves as Senior Associate Pastor, giving oversight to various areas including pastoral care ministries, facilities management, and financial office administration.

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Pastor Ken and Kim Wagner Children’s Pastor

Ken Wagner came to Life Church in 2015 with a heart and passion to raise up a new generation of kids that are excited about Jesus. He attended Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, ND. His over 30 years of experience in kids ministry has taken him all over the United States doing kids camps, Church camp meetings, workshops, children’s evangelism, bus ministry and children’s pastoring in local churches and inner city. He is married to a wonderful lady named “Kim” and they have together 4 girls (all married), 1 boy (college bound) and 4 wonderful granddaughters to spoil. He enjoys creative woodworking, fishing, and the outdoors.

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SJ and Tina Osbon Media Director & Preschool Ministry Coordinator

SJ leads the Media Ministries, and Tina is the Preschool Ministry Director. These college sweethearts married in 2012. Having lived in Smyrna since their wedding, SJ and Tina have a true heart for this city and how God is using Life Church to impact more than just the people who fill the church building each week. They enjoy spending their spare time camping, cheering on their favorite teams (the Atlanta Braves, LSU Tigers, and New Orleans Saints), and chasing their two adorable sons, Cooper & Maddox!

Pastor Christian and Amanda Salzillo Discipleship Pastor

Christian originally joined our team in 2011 as our student ministries pastor. After a transition in 2016, he returned as our Discipleship pastor. Married since 2003, Christian and Amanda are the parents to four kids – Noah, Caleb, Abigail and Elizabeth. Christian attended South Atlanta Master’s Commission in Griffin, Georgia, and is a graduate of Southeastern University. Christian oversees our ministries to new believers, our Growth Track, Life Groups, and any opportunities to help believers grow in their faith.

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Milton and Holly Thorogood Receptionist & Administrative Assistant

Holly Thorogood is an administrative assistant & the receptionist at Life Church Smyrna. She has been a member of the administrative team for 11 years. Holly has been married to Milton for 37 years and they have loved being members of the Life Church family since 1988. Milton serves as head usher and as a member of the official board. They have two amazing adult children, Charles who lives in Warner Robins, GA and Heather who resides in Jacksonville, FL. Both Charles & Heather have continued to be actively involved in serving the Lord in their respective churches.

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Pastor Karen and Marius Rogneby Worship Ministries Pastor

Pastor Karen has served as Music Pastor at Life Church since 2007, after moving with her family to Atlanta from Missouri. She has served as a Music Director/Pastor for six churches in Illinois, Ohio, and Missouri. She has led music programs for children, youth and adults, written and directed dramas, writes original music, and operates her own private music studio business. She has been a speaker at women’s conferences and church services over her 30+ years of ministry. Her husband Marius works for BB&T bank and volunteers extensively at Life Church. Their daughter Rachel is 10 years old.

Matt and Eryn Hitch Assitant Preschool Ministry Coordinator

Eryn Hitch joined the Life Church team in 2016 as the Assistant Preschool Ministry Coordinator. She has a true heart and deep love for kids as evidenced by her 10+ years of service in her dad and mom’s (Pastor Ken and Kim Wagner) kid’s churches. She is very excited to see the kid’s ministries growing in Life Church. Her hobbies include making just about anything (especially jewelry), baking, and spending time outdoors. Her husband Matt works for Cox Automotive, and serves in Kid’s Zone every Sunday by running the tech booth. They were married in September 2014, and have an awesome dog named Sam.

Pastor Brian and Khaliyah Taylor Student/Young Adult Pastor

Pastor Brian and Khaliyah met in a youth group in Savannah, Ga. They instantly became best friends, then boyfriend and girlfriend, and then five years later, married. Pastor Brian and Khaliyah both attended Chapelhill College, an extension site of Southeastern University. Pastor Brian graduated last May with his Bachelor of Science degree in Ministerial Leadership. Khaliyah will graduate with the same degree next May. Pastor Brian enjoys going to Disney World and cheering on the Atlanta Falcons. Khaliyah enjoys running, and going to the park for picnics. Pastor Brian and Khaliyah are excited to see this generation of youth and young adults become hungry for all that God has for them.