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.



MCPHERSON-SEAN-41SEAN MCPHERSON, SENIOR PASTOR & KRIS MCPHERSON, OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR                                                               

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 to 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.




Wife: Collene  Children: Tristan, Elijah, and Micah

Pastor Sean F, or Fletch is the “bald guy” at Real Life. He and his family joined the Real Life team in March of 2011. Sean has an  Education Degree from Austin Peay. Sean and his wife Collene are both prior army and have spent the last 11 years in church ministry in various different roles. Collene currently works as a Program Lead at Ellsworth AFB Child Development Center. Sean enjoys geocaching, reading, sports and spending time with his family when he is not neck deep in activities at the church and he is always ready to meet someone for coffee or lunch.


Husband: Michael   Children: Connor and Savannah
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 and Savannah 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!