Jonathan became the Lead Pastor at Spirit of Life in March 2015. His passion is to help others encounter the presence of God, to help people discover their God given purpose, and to help equip and empower leaders.
He came to Spirit of Life in July 2010 as the Leadership Pastor with the responsibilities of youth, college age, young adults, and co-leading School of the Spirit with his wife Becky. His responsibility was to raise up emerging leaders in the local church.
Jonathan and Becky transitioned to Nebraska from being staff pastors at a regional prayer missions base just north of Cedar Rapids, IA (Wind and Fire Ministries). Jonathan and Becky met each other in 2007 towards the end of his time directing the Des Moines Master’s Commission (a discipleship school based out of Eastwood Church of the Open Bible).
Jonathan has a heart for seeking hard after the presence of God, and normalizing the supernatural and Kingdom principles in the life of the believer.
Kelley has been the Worship Pastor at Spirit of Life since 2010 and on staff as Assistant Pastor since June of 2012. Starting in 1999 he was involved in Worship Ministry at The Bridge Open Bible (Springfield, OR) until moving to Kearney, NE with his family. He is passionate about declaring the majesty of our Lord corporately and seeing the church family learn to live out their calling as every-day worshippers. Kelley desires to see the Lord move mightily, reveal His glory, and transform lives through encountering Him during the worship services at Spirit of Life.
Kelley has been married to his wife Hannah since 1999 and they have 6 children. Kelley has also been involved with social services and foster care & adoption since 2002 and has a deep passion to see the church minister to children and families in crisis.
Jen & her husband, Mike, are long-term residents of the Kearney area where they raised 4 children. Prior to joining the staff at Spirit of Life as the Equipping & Discipleship Pastor in 2021, Jen had decades of ministry experience in a wide-variety of ministry areas.
Jen desires to see all of God's people walk in the fullness of who God says they are. Therefore, she is passionate about helping the body of Christ discover their God-given identity & purpose. She believes that it is possible for each person to spiritually thrive thanks to the freedom Jesus Christ purchased on the cross through His death & resurrection. Jen currently oversees the Freedom Prayer Ministry & the Kingdom School of Transformation at Spirit of Life.
Lezlie has been serving as the Church Administrator since 2007. Prior to joining the staff at Spirit of Life, she ran an in-home daycare, worked at daycare centers, & was a nanny in Washington state.
Lezlie helps lead our Dream Team, Children's Ministry, & Events Team among the many other hats she wears being the Church Administrator.
Dan and Lezlie have been married since 2008, have 3 children, & are committed foster parents.
Becky & her husband, Arik, have been part of the Worship Team at Spirit of Life for several years. She became the Worship Leader in 2022. Becky attended North Central University in Minneapolis, MN where she studied voice performance & Biblical studies. She is currently working toward her diploma in Bible & Theology and becoming a credentialed Worship Pastor.
Becky is honored to bring people into God's presence through musical worship & see Him change people's lives. She is passionate about raising up the next generation of musicians & leaders. In 2020, she founded Resonate, a class that teaches children & adults about music & to seek God's presence.
Becky & Arik have been married since 2008 & have 2 children together.
Fred has been serving as the church's Maintenance Supervisor since 2010. He is also a committed member of our Worship Team and a huge part of our church family.