Wayne and Claudene are the lead pastors of The Life Church - New York, based in Westchester County, NY — a suburb of NYC. Wayne was the founder and lead pastor of the former Authentic Church, which merged with The Life Church in early 2020.
Wayne is a dynamic communicator who is passionate about building the local church and seeing people find real life in Jesus. Wayne and Claudene, who he calls “Classy” have been married for 20 years and have two beautiful teenage daughters, Haleigh and Ryleigh. Wayne loves to cycle and takes great pleasure in turning any floor into a dance floor.
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.