Dr. Nolen Wood – Lead Pastor

Nolen has been serving as the Lead Pastor of Life Church since January 2017. He is a native of Carrollton, Georgia and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in 2009. Later he earned his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and in 2022 completed his Doctorate of Ministry from Liberty University. Nolen also serves on staff with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at UGA as the Men’s Basketball Chaplain and Athens-Clarke County area director.  

Steven Day – Associate & Families Pastor

Steven has been at Life Church since the fall of 2017 serving as the Associate Pastor and Student Pastor. He and his wife Shannon have three children – Mason, Raigan, and Kiersten. Steven has a degree in Christian Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and will be starting his Master’s program soon. He enjoys hunting, fishing, gardening, and hanging out in his hammock.

Erin Murray – Missions & Children’s Ministry Director

Erin and her husband, John, have been members of Life Church since 2007. They have one son, Eli James, and another child they are working to bring home from China. She received her degree in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia in 2005 and is passionate about reaching children for Jesus on their level and advocating for orphans worldwide. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and drinking coffee.

Danielle Brannon – Director of Administration

Danielle and her husband Kevin have been members of LCOA since 2019. She began working for the church in July of 2022 along with working with Athens FCA. She and Kevin welcomed their son, KJ, in April of 2023. Danielle has a bachelors in marketing from Appalachian State and a masters in Sports Management from UGA. Her love for sports, passion for ministry, and eye for organization has led her to a perfect blend of working for Life Church and Athens FCA.

William Sadler – Worship Pastor

William and his wife, Lori, have recently rejoined Life Church after having already served on staff many years ago. They have two children, Kaitlyn and Wyatt. William has a B.S. in Religion & Philosophy from LaGrange College and an M.A. in Worship Leadership from NOBTS. He also teaches Hermeneutics at Prince Ave. Christian School. His hobbies include coffee, UGA Football, vacations to the beach, and Sunday afternoon naps.