Familiarizing yourself with our values will help you understand culturally how we move at The Life!

The Gospel frees us, experiencing what Jesus has done & continues to do, takes all the pressure off

People need grace, perfect people don’t exist

Following Jesus is how we grow and change

We’re Family, no one is created to do life alone

Serving is our culture, we live lives that model generosity and compassion

Mission of shalom, seeing all of life restored, as it’s meant to be

Eric Stone

Lead Pastor

Eric and Kristen Stone have been in ministry since 1998 serving in various roles from student pastor to leading missions work in the US and around the world.
They graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree, Eric in Religious Studies/Theology and Kristen in Music Theory/Religious Studies.

Eric and Kristen met in college during a snow storm when Eric volunteered to change a flat tire on “some-girls” car… that car ended up being Kristen’s. They were married 3 years later in a beautiful outdoor wedding in downtown Indianapolis.

Eric serves as the lead Pastor and is an engaging communicator, leader, family man and friend. In addition to serving at The Life, He is also active throughout our cities and has served in various leadership capacities with Habitat for Humanity, Chicago Food Bank and serving the under resourced of our area.

Eric’s Hobbies: Partying with my family and  friends, reading or anything outdoors… Biking, kayaking, hiking… just get outside.

Kristen Stone

Family Director

Kristen is passionate to create healthy marriages, families and partnering with parents in the moral and spiritual development of their children. In addition to serving in our Family Ministries she provides family and marriage resources at her blog Families That Stick.

She and Eric co-wrote an e-course on marriage that you can check out at

Hobbies: design, baking, blogging, photography and generally lovin’ on her family.

Eric and Kristen have two amazing kids, Israel Armani (2004) and Ariel Isabella (2006). And one fantastic golden-doodle, Sir Winston (2008).

Michael Hawks

Elder and Productions Director

Michael loves all things related to theology and has a heart to serve the church in teaching as well as leading the weekly productions team. He has a bachelors degree in Theology and has served in ministry as a lead pastor before joining the team to help us start The Life. We are blessed by his heart for the gospel and love for people.

Todd Prinsen

Finance and Accounting

Nobody rocks a spreadsheet like Todd rocks a spreadsheet! Todd is a high capacity leader who uses his gifts of creating organizational structure and systems to serve the ministry at The Life.

Naomi Bjerk

Connections Team

Coming soon!

Stephen Seitz

Life Group Director

Coming soon!

Jake and Naomi Bjerk

Table Talk Growth Track Directors

Coming soon!

Keith Perez

Worship Director

Coming Soon!


Welcome to the Life!

What a joy it is to introduce you to our church! You’ll discover that our passion is to provide a place where people just like you can have a life-changing experience with God.
At The LIFE, our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds, regardless of where they are from or where they are at, on their spiritual journey. We are a multi-cultural, multi-generational church where I’m sure you will feel welcomed. As a matter of fact, what people usually notice first about us is the life-giving nature of our church family. It’s like finding a real home.
Together, we’re striving to become the kind of church described in the Bible, where there’s relevant teaching, heart-felt worship, honest friendships,  prayer, and compassionate care for those in need. In short, we’d like to have the kind of contagious Christianity that can influence and encourage the entire community, one life at a time.
So, whether you’re a spiritual seeker who’s just starting to ask questions about God, or a committed Christian who wants to sink the roots of your faith even deeper, you can find a home here at The Life.
If the idea of showing up at ANY church seems daunting, don’t let that stop you. We have many guests each weekend. We’re not the type of church that singles people out. Instead, we just want you to fall in love with Jesus. Our goal is to remove the stigma of boring and judgmental religion and allow you to be changed by the gospel.
Come early, to grab a cup of coffee. If you have kids you can check them in at Life Kids, then head into the sanctuary to experience a passionate worship experience and a practical yet transformational message from God’s Word.
In the meantime, you’ll find everything you need right here to get connected to our church and experience our online resources.
Enjoy, and please contact us if you have any questions. You are the reason why we’re here.
God bless you,
Eric and Kristen Stone
Lead Pastor

Who We Are

To have unity of vision every idea, program, and goal is filtered through our purpose statement. “We exist to lead people to live life to the full, in Christ.”
 The Life is a life-giving, gospel-centered church. This website is deigned in a way that tells our story and how we fulfill our purpose. Discover more by reading about our values, then come this weekend and be one of the many guests who find a life-giving, gospel-centered church where they can feel at home.