Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.




KRIS MCPHERSON, OFFICE ADMINISRATOR                                                            

Children: Wes, Jordyn, Trinity, and Jason

Pastor Sean and his family came to Real Life in January of 2010. Pastor Sean’s background and how he ended up in ministry is a journey that only God could have orchestrated. After spending eight years in the United States Navy submarine fleet, 4 years serving as a project manager at Intel Corporation and two years as a Field Sales Engineer for Sencore Corporation, Sean entered full time ministry as an associate Pastor in Sioux Falls, he felt the call to once again step up his call in 2003 when he accepted the call to Senior Pastor in Mitchell, SD. After 6 years he was ready to move west and God was ready to move him. Pastor Sean’s passion, energy and easy going fun loving spirit is contagious, He loves everyone and everyone feels welcomed around him. Pastor Sean and Kris have a revolving door of fellowship activities at their house, the door is open, the coffee is hot and everyone is welcome.


Husband: Michael   Children: Connor, Savannah, and Mallory
Sonnie Knisley and her husband, Michael, began attending Real Life Church in March of 2013 after relocating to the Black Hills Area from Dayton, Ohio. By the Lord’s gracious will, Sonnie answered the call to serve as Children’s Pastor for Real Life beginning in November of 2014. Sonnie holds a degree in Music Education from Wright State University. While music has always been a passion of hers, the Lord has also given her a desire to teach and share the love of Jesus with others around her, especially children! Her husband Michael currently serves on Real Life’s Worship Team Sunday Mornings, and works at the United States Postal Service through the week. Their children, Connor, Savannah, and Mallory enjoy being cute, awesome, and ornery. As a family, the Knisley’s enjoy driving through the Black Hills, hiking, discovering new eateries and playing at all the great parks! Sonnie and her family love people as well, and would love to get to know others, whether it’s over playtime at the park, dinner between families, or a simple chat at the office. They look forward to seeing what the Lord will provide as they move into children’s ministry! rlc.sonnie@gmail.com 


Zach and Olivia began attending Real Life Church in September of 2016 as they heard God’s call to youth ministry. They were excited to hear messages from Pastor Sean again as he was their Bible teacher at Rapid City Christian School just a few years before. Currently Zach attends BHSU in Rapid City for a degree in Business Finance and Management with a minor in Political Science and Olivia is striving to earn her Registered Nurse license and degree through SDSU West River Nursing. While they both pursue degrees in the professional world, God has laid on their hearts the desire to love and serve the teens and their families at Real Life. The Johansen’s passion is to build relationships with the students and lead/teach by example how to be ambassadors for Christ while building a personal relationship with Him. While these newlyweds may seem to have a lot on their plates, they will always find time for hanging out with students, meeting new people, and eating ice cream sundaes. If they don’t come up to you first, introduce yourself to this friendly couple! They would love to meet you!