Meet our team
Director of Operations
Chandra has attended Real Life for 18 years and has been involved in a lead volunteer role for the last five prior to joining the team in 2017 as the Director Of Operations. She brings to Real Life over 20 years of financial and operational management experience. Chandra is dedicated to leaving people better than she found them, and hopes to make a difference in the lives around her. Chandra and her husband Paul live in the Portage area, and together they have three children; Torie who is finishing her biology degree and lives in Grand Rapids, Zach who is pursuing a call to ministry, and Carter, who is finishing up his last couple years of high school. In her free time, Chandra can be found serving on area non-profit board of directors, serving the community in various volunteer events, speed reading books for fun, or attending one of her children’s athletic or academic events.
Facilities & Maintenance
She and her husband Tom have been married since 1977. 1981 was a big year. They had their first child (twins came a couple years later), started attending Real Life, and began the journey of following Jesus. Since then Debbie’s done a bit of everything–served in the Women’s Ministry, Vacation Bible School, Student Ministry, the Nursery and way back in the day, Bus Ministry. She’s our longest-tenured staff, working here for over 30 years!
Debbie loves the behind the scenes part of her job where she gets to help and serve people by making our campus a comfortable and clean space so people can get closer to God. When she’s not with one of her three grown girls, her husband or her four teenage grandkids, you’ll find her hiking trails, going to the beach to watch sunsets and cooking.
Worship and Student Ministry Director
Zach has attended Real Life for 18 of his 21 years and has served in multiple areas of ministry here. He began his ministry education at Olivet Nazarene University and is currently taking classes to finish his degree at Nazarene Bible College. Zach was able to spend a summer in Puerto Rico leading youth groups in mission work. His favorite part about serving at Real Life is all of the relationships he has been able to make with the people of this church. In his free time, Zach loves to play video games, watch any professional sport, and hang out with friends!
Kids Ministry Director
Courtney has attended Real Life for 16 years and has served in the children and student ministries. She has a passion for developing children from Pre-K through Elementary. From a very young age, Courtney has had a calling to work with children. She spent much of her free time after school volunteering and eventually working for local daycares. Most recently, Courtney has lead groups for young moms and, alongside her husband, a Life Group for families with school-age children. Courtney and her husband, Frank, live in the Portage area and have three children. These high school sweethearts were even married right here at Real Life. In her free time, Courtney enjoys fitness, attending her children’s athletic and extracurricular events, and crafting.