WHO WE ARE

ABOUT OUR CHURCH


THE LIFE CHURCH STARTED IN THE FALL OF 2001

But before this date, there were many great men and women of God who plowed the way for The Life Church to begin.  Though our name has changed over the years from Valley Chapel, to Valley Christian Fellowship, to The Life Church . . . our vision has remained the same. . .  to know God and reach people.  We are a vibrant church that loves Jesus and loves the community of the Wood River Valley.


OUR VISION

Our Vision is to see the purpose of God fulfilled in and through His people.

A healthy church starts with an inlet where people come and dedicate their lives to Christ. After the inlet there is a reservoir where people begin to grow in their relationship with Christ and are trained and discipled in the area that God has gifted them. The outlet is people functioning in their gifts and being released into the community and beyond to touch people with the Message of the Gospel in their area of influence. “Knowing God, Reaching people”.


OUR MISSION

Our Mission is to be a people after God’s own heart! We seek: an atmosphere of faith; the pursuit of the Presence of God; to encourage, equip and release every member of the Body of Christ; and to reach and disciple the lost.


LEAD PASTORS

MICHAEL HENDRICKS

PASTOR

In 1982 Mike attended Shiloh Training Institute in Hamilton, Montana and received his licensing and ordination in 1984. In the same year, he married his wife Carola and continued his training as Youth pastor and teacher in the Bible school. In 1991, the Hendricks, with the addition of their 2 children, Tyler and Vanessa, moved to Wynne, Arkansas to work in youth ministry and as an associate pastor at a local non-denominational church. After two years the Lord called them to Hailey, Idaho to serve as youth and associate pastor for eight years at Valley Christian Fellowship. During his youth ministry, he started the Idaho Youth Network, a ministry designed to network youth and their pastors, to mutually encourage and strengthen one another. The IYN was a catalyst to many regional meetings across the state and built relationships that are still thriving today. In 2001 Mike became the senior pastor at The Life Church (formerly Valley Christian Fellowship) and is continuing to serve the congregation and community in the beautiful Wood River Valley.

CAROLA HENDRICKS

WORSHIP PASTOR

Carola has been leading worship since she was 18 years old with youth, children and adults. She has a heart to train up instrumentalists, vocalists, sound engineers and leaders to use their gifts in the local church. It is her passion to lead people into the presence of the Lord and watch Him change lives from the inside out.

At the Life Church we believe that real worship opens our eyes to who Jesus is and how much He loves us. In response, we can’t help but love Him more deeply and worship Him more freely. As a worship team, our mission statement comes under the covering of The Life Church’s mission statement, “Knowing God, Reaching people.” We want to develop personal lifestyles of worship and deeper relationship with God our Father; knowing Him. Secondly, we want to lead our congregation into vibrant, Spirit led times of praising & worshiping Jesus where all things become possible; reaching people.


SENIOR LEADERSHIP

Rudy and Pam Chavez

ELDERS AND LATINO PASTORS

In 2003 Rudy and Pamela moved to the Wood River Valley from Boise, ID and graciously accepted the the pastoral position of the Latino ministry here at The Life Church. They love God's people and their hearts are to teach the simplicity of salvation and to encourage God's people to live victoriously by His Word. Rudy and Pam are full of the joy of the Lord and have been an example of wisdom and strength to this community of believers.

DAVE LEPARD

ELDER

Dave has been a Christian since 1983. Since that time he's gone through a series of ministry formats that have helped to train him. He has always had a desire to teach and minister God’s Word. At two different times, Dave attended bible school for a total of 5 years of training. Dave and his wife Tiffany have 2 daughters, Acacia & Madison and have attended The Life Church for over 20 years.

TRACY PETERSON

ELDER

Tracy and his wife, Vee, have been attending The Life Church for over 20 years. They have been faithful members and mentors within the church body. For several years they were youth pastors at the church and saw many youth come to know Jesus and grow in their relationship with Him. They have also had successful home groups that grew from a handful of people to a house full of believers coming together to study the Word, fellowship, pray with one another and learn to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. Tracy & Vee have 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren.

REBECCA COX

ASSOCIATE WORSHIP LEADER

Worship is something I am passionate about. I believe we were created to worship God with our lives, and music is just one aspect of that. Entering into Gods presence and leading others to it is an honor, and I am so excited to be a part of a church that loves to worship God with everything they are!

MARILYN HEALY

HEAD USHER, PRAYER CHAIN COORDINATOR

Marilyn has been attending The Life Church for over 30 years and is one of the founding members of this ministry. She is a beautiful example of Christ's love to everyone she touches. She is an intercessor and loves God's people.

DAN AND MEL BERNHARDT

FINANCIAL BOARD MEMBERS

Dan & Mel have been attending The Life Church for 9 years. During that time, they have been pillars within the church and within the Wood River Valley Community serving as the Youth Pastors for a time and now serving on the finance board.


ADMINISTRATION STAFF

WES & LAURA PRICE

EVENT COORDINATORS

In 2012 after faithfully applying the principles of Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University”, The Price's reached their goal as a family of 5 to become debt free. They found it very liberating to no longer be a servant to the lender (Proverbs 22:7), rather vessels to be used by the Lord. They were excited to dive in with the ministry team and assist Pastor Mike and Carola in whatever capacity they could.

GREG & CINDY ANDERSON

BUILDING/DESIGN COMMITTEE

Greg and Cindy are part of our building team that co-ordinated and managed the building of our new facility in 2015. They both continue to help with overseeing the needs and design of the building and campus.

ADAM TORRES

Director of Kid's Ministry

Adam has been working in our children's department since 2009. In 2016, he officially became our Children's Dept leader. His vision is to see each child develop a personal relationship with Jesus and to love God's word.

BEN FIGUEIREDO

DIRECTOR OF VISUAL MEDIA

TYLER HENDRICKS

ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR OF VISUAL MEDIA



SERVICE TIMES

Sundays @ 10am