Lead Pastors

Jake and Michele Smith have been married since 1995. They have two adult children (Isaac and Sophia) and one daughter-in-law (Maddie). 

Jake has spent most of his career working at universities in positions ranging from paint crew leader to soccer coach to Dean of Students but most recently he served as the Global Missions Pastor at Real Life Church in Roseville, MN. Jake loves soccer and books and doesn’t love the family dog (Bou, short for Caribou) as much as Michele would lead you to believe.

Michele also has years of experience working with college students but served as the Family Life Pastor at Real Life Church prior to moving to La Crosse. In that role Michele oversaw children’s, youth,

and family programs. Michele also loves to read and talk over coffee. She loves the family dog more than she would lead you to believe. 

After years of doing separate work and ministry, they began to hope for something they could do together. The dream to plant a church began several years ago but didn’t become concrete until summer 2018 when they visited La Crosse and said, “yep, I think that is what we should do.” Their dream is to be a blessing to the vibrant and beautiful community and provide a safe place for people to live out life and faith together.


Esther Kindle has a degree in Youth Ministries from North Central University and leads the Bluffs youth programs. Esther likes music, art, and laughing and when she’s not at work or home you may find her in a local coffee shop despite the fact that she (suspiciously) doesn’t really like coffee.


Jared Sells moved to La Crosse in May 2019 with his wife, Jenna, for her studies at UW-L. They are adventure buddies, and enjoy doing almost anything together, though hiking and camping are near the top of the list. Jared served in associate pastor roles in two churches in the Twin Cities before moving to La Crosse. Jared has his B.S. in Music from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. He runs a private music lessons business and works as a substitute teacher. In everything he does, Jared wants to equip others to thrive in every facet of their lives.


La Crosse, WI

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1932 State Street

La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 475-5096