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), two grandsons (Cooper & Maddox), one granddaughter (Hudsyn Jo) 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.
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.
SJ and Tina Osbon Media Director
SJ leads the Media Ministries here at Life Church. 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), chasing their two adorable sons, Cooper & Maddox, and pampering their precious daughter, Hudsyn Jo!
Pastor Christian and Amanda Salzillo Missions Pastor/Discipleship Pastor/Worship Leader
Christian and Amanda met in Griffin, Georgia, and were married in 2003. They are the parents to four kids – Noah, Caleb, Abigail, and Elizabeth. Christian attended South Atlanta Master’s Commission and later graduated from Southeastern University. Christian first joined the team in 2011, serving as our Pastor of Student Ministries. After a transition in 2016, he began leading our Discipleship and Outreach ministries. Now he also oversees our missions ministry, which includes over 75 missionaries, and he is our Sunday morning worship leader.
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.
Pastor Will and Sarah Watts NextGen Pastor & Little LIFE Director
Pastor Will oversees ministry to kids ages 0-18 with a primary focus on elementary ministry, Kids LIFE. And Sarah oversees our nursery and preschool ministry, Little LIFE. The two met in Griffin, Ga while attending the Georgia School of Leadership and Ministry (GSLM) . Both graduated from the program with their bachelor’s degrees in Ministerial Leadership. They were married right here at Life Church in 2015. Together, they are parents to their precious daughter Mila. The Watts believe that children and students are not just the church of tomorrow, they are the church of today. It is their goal to equip students to understand how to know God and know His word.
Gary and Summer TunisYoung Adult and Youth Director
Gary and Summer Tunis serve as the Young Adult and Youth Directors at Life Church. They have two beautiful girls, Kennedy and Laiden. Gary is pursuing his ministry credentials through Global University and Summer is finishing up her elementary education degree at Kennesaw State University. The Tunis family has a heart for reaching the broken, especially students and young adults They desire to do all that God has for their family and are willing to go wherever He may send. Their lives serve as living reminders that God chases those of us who wander away.