LEADERSHIP TEAM

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.

 

Pastor Aaron Mednansky- Lead Pastor

PASTOR AARON IS THE LEAD PASTOR. HE HAS A BACHELORS DEGREE IN YOUTH MINISTRY AND IS NOW IN THE FINAL STAGES OF OBTAINING HIS MASTER OF DIVINITY DEGREE. PASTOR AARON AND CALLIE LIVE IN RAPID CITY WITH THEIR TWIN DAUGHTERS, GRACE AND ABIGAIL, AND THEIR SON, JAMES.

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

SONNIE KNISLEY, CHILDREN’S DIRECTOR

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 Director 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.  Mike and Sonnie and their children, Connor, Savannah and Mallory,  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 are thankful for how the Lord has provided while serving here at Real Life Church. 
 
 
 
 

ZACH and OLIVIA JOHANSEN, YOUTH LEADERS

Zach and Olivia began attending Real Life Church in September of 2016 when they began to hear God’s call to youth ministry. Zach graduated from Black Hills State University in 2019 with a degree in Business Administration, and Olivia just became a nurse at Regional health on the mother baby unit. While they both have careers in the professional world, God has laid a desire on their hearts to serve the students and 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. This couple 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!

 
Our Heritage
 
 
Pastor Sean McPherson was the Senior Pastor at Real Life Church for Eight years. After two battles with cancer, Pastor Sean passed away on April 26th, 2018 surrounded by his family and loved ones. Real Life Church remembers Pastor Sean and keeps his positive attitude and desire for those that do not yet know God and those who seek to know God on a deeper level.