Emy and Emily are the lead pastors of The Life Church - Massachusetts located in Leominster, northwest of Boston. Their dream of planting a church became a reality when they founded ExcelChurch in 2014, merging with The Life Church in fall 2021. Emy and Emily were not raised in church and their lives are a testimony to the miracle that God performed in their marriage and family.
Emy and Emily are equally passionate about breaking the stigma of mental health and shame in the church. They have openly shared about their path to processing personal trauma and prioritizing mental health and have been invited to share their story in many different settings across the U.S. They have been married for 20 years and have three amazing children Ileana, Evan and Reya.
John and Leslie Siebeling are the founders and senior pastors of The Life Church, a thriving, diverse body of believers committed to serving people, developing leaders and impacting generations. Their passion for building God’s House began early, faithfully volunteering in their local church as young people in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After serving for many years, John became the college pastor at his local church until he and Leslie moved to Kenya, Africa as missionaries.
While in Kenya, John and Leslie served as a part of the pastoral staff of Nairobi Lighthouse Church, a church reaching thousands of people each week and making a significant impact in Africa. John and Leslie’s time in Africa left an imprint on their hearts that dramatically impacted their view on life and church and further developed their passion for other cultures. It was during this time that God stirred their hearts to return to the States with a vision to start a life-giving church.
John and Leslie consider it one their greatest honors to pastor The Life Church and the thousands of people who call it their church home. In addition to leading The Life Church, John has authored several books and various resources designed to help grow people and build the Church around the world. John and Leslie also lead the Make Room Pastors Network, an environment designed to coach and equip other pastors and leaders to build healthy churches and reach more people.
John and Leslie approach life with faith and optimism about the future and have two amazing children, Anna and Mark.