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.

Heather Pillsbury – Director of Worship & Media

Heather Pillsbury and her husband Nathan have been members of Life Church since 2014 and in January of 2016 Heather began serving as the Director of Worship & Media.
She has a B.A. in vocal performance from Truett McConnell University and teaches choral music and private voice at Athens Christian School. Heather is passionate about writing music for the local church and has self-produced two albums. She was named the Gospel Music Association’s Immerse Artist Writer of the Year in 2017, and has had the opportunity to perform as a featured soloist with various organizations including the Athens Symphony. Heather and Nathan have two children – Oliver and Violet – and are blessed to be part of the Life Church family.