LEADING BY SERVING

Our Team

Our staff team is comprised of men and women who are passionate about Jesus and the potential of the people Jesus entrusts to us. We believe God has called us to equip the church for the mission of reaching the world for Jesus one person at a time. We see ourselves as coaches, not star players.

Richie Shaw

Lead Pastor

Richie Shaw is the Lead Pastor and founder of Real Life Spokane.  His wife Kate and his two daughters, Faith and Ruby together moved to Spokane to launch Real Life in 2010.  Richie holds an undergraduate degree in Biblical Literature from Northwest University and is a passionate learner.  Richie and Kate live in the Spokane area and love their city.

Michael Kotsala

Michael Kotsala

Operations Pastor

Michael leads and oversees our Group’s Dept. and is a part of our Strategic Team helping us prepare to step into what God has in front of us.

Shane Austin

Shane Austin

Groups Pastor

Shane and his wife Jessie have been involved with Real Life Spokane since the beginning in 2010. They live in Spokane with their two daughters, Esme and Adah, and their son, Declan.

Michael Gray

Michael Gray

Groups Pastor

Michael is one of our Groups Pastors, and also works in our discipleship development process.  He is a former and future church planter.

Samuel Morin

Samuel Morin

Worship Pastor

Samuel leads our worship and creative teams and leaders in vision, culture and development. He assists in leading our strategic direction as a church and is responsible for all worship environments and experiences.

John Goldsworthy

John Goldsworthy

Groups Pastor

John coaches new and existing connect group leaders and works to connect new people into real relationships within Real Life’s connect groups.  

Nate Lewis

Nate Lewis

Creative Director

Nate oversees the creative teams at Real Life Spokane. His responsibilities cover all design, web, and media materials.

Brennan Johnson

Brennan Johnson

Student Ministries Coordinator

Brennan and his wife Kelli have been attending Real Life Ministries since early 2011. He has been overseeing our Student Ministries since April of 2013 and is passionate about developing leaders and helping students understand who they are in Christ.

Daniel Allen

Daniel Allen

Thrive Remix Leader

Daniel coordinates Thrive Remix, the middle school ministry here at RLMS. He believes in developing leaders and middle school students to walk in the fullness of who Jesus has called them to be.

Leighton Miles

Leighton Miles

Worship Director

Leighton oversees the Adult Sunday Worship Experience, working closely with Samuel to create Jesus-honoring worship environments in our Sunday services. He has been an active member of the Real Life team since our Spokane church plant launched in 2010. Leighton loves being a family man – he is husband to his wife Lindsey, and father to their daughter Louise.

Michele Wood

Michele Wood

Office Manager

Michele is a mother of 4 and a grandmother of 9. She is married to her husband Rick and together serve as connect group leaders in the nine mile area. She also helps out in the toddlers rooms on Sundays. Michele loves and values Real Life Ministries and feels very blessed to be a part of this amazing team. She is excited to continually see the wonderful things God is doing to and through His people!

Ceci Garrett

Ceci Garrett

LiferKids! Staff

Ceci Garrett joined RLM as the Early Childhood Coordinator to make an impact with the future disciple-makers (also known as infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers) and their families. She brings a passion for growth and development as well as the fatherless to LiferKids. She graduated from Liberty University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology.

Josh Cross

Josh Cross

LiferKids! Staff

Josh is on our kids staff. He helps with the planning and implementations of the various kids programs.