Aaron has been in ministry for over twenty years. As a pastor in his second church plant, he is still amazed at how God works. God has been truly faithful. Aaron has been privileged to be part of a movement of churches that is changing the face of how discipleship is accomplished within the churches of America. As a result of this, he gets the opportunity to travel and speak often.
Aaron has a master’s degree from Hope International University and a bachelor’s degree from Boise Bible College, but his greatest joy is his family. Aaron is married with four kids. Aaron and his wife, Kelli, have served in ministry since the beginning of their marriage. They love the church and love watching God empower people to be set free.
Josh joined the Real Life team in 2012. He is honored to be working in God’s Kingdom and loves the people at Real Life. Prior to his call in ministry, Josh worked in the insurance industry and ran his own company. Josh married his wife, Kerri, in 1995, and they have three outstanding children: Vitoria, Jacob, and Ellie.
Derek joined the Real Life team in 2010 as an apprentice under Aaron Couch to learn the art of church planting. He has a master’s degree in Christian Care and Counseling from Emmanuel Christian Seminary and a bachelor’s degree in preaching from Boise Bible College. He grew up in Boise, ID, where he met his wife Brianna. They have two children, Myles and Hazel.
Throughout his ministry, Derek has worked in community outreach, youth, and children, and has served in pastoral and preaching ministries. He loves challenges, creating, learning, and networking. In his free time, he enjoys time with family and friends, building projects, outdoor sports, leadership books, coffee, and Netflix.
Michael helped found Real Life in 2007, moving back to Moscow after stints in Portland and Coeur d’Alene. As the staff grew, Michael transitioned to becoming head of the Creative Arts department before moving on to the role of CARE Groups Coach, and eventually moving to his current position as the Moscow Campus Coach. He has a heart for shepherding the body of Christ and a strong drive to pass on the vision and mission of our church to those he is discipling. Michael and his wife, Rosemary, have three children, Alex, Aaliyah, and Kobe.
Rob moved to Moscow in the fall of 2014. Prior to ministry, he spent two decades in the Air National Guard working in information technology, as well as managing his parents automotive shop. Rob has enjoyed serving in just about every volunteer opportunity found in the Church. He is passionate about helping people find where they thrive and watching people connect with God in new ways. Rob married his wife, Christy, in 1996, and they have four fun-loving children: Jacob, Joshua, Joy, and Jasmine.
Alex was born in Oregon, but most of his childhood was spent in Olympia, WA. He graduated from Northwest University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy. Alex and his wife, Carissa, have three children, Landon, Adelyn, and Dawson. Alex and Carissa have been involved with Real Life since the church’s first meeting.
Rachel has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Cornerstone University. She has taught in the classroom, operated a home daycare, and worked as a family advocate for Head Start. She and her husband, Brian, have three great kids. These experiences have prepared her for the role she plays in the church. She feels blessed to have a job she loves and be part of God’s work on the Palouse.
Paule grew up in Idaho Falls and graduated from Boise Bible College, where he studied student ministries. Out of college, Paule and his wife, Mollie, served in student ministry for eight years. Their family then took some time away from vocational ministry: Paule managed a restaurant, but still volunteered in his local church. He was called to Real Life in the fall of 2013. Paule and Mollie have three children: Micaiah, Isaiah, and Alethia. Paule is passionate about teaching students how to think, not what to think. His drive is to assist students in realizing their full potential so they can make the greatest impact in their world.
Logan was born in Colorado Springs and grew up in Hagerman, Idaho. He studied piano at the College of Southern Idaho before getting his bachelor’s in music composition from the University of Idaho. He first came to Real Life in 2012 and has been involved in student and creative arts ministries. He has expertise with many instruments, and his dream is to play “Happy Birthday” on the bagpipes for David Crowder.
Eric served as a youth minister in Oklahoma for twelve years before coming to the University of Idaho in 2003 with Impact Campus Ministries. The ministry expanded to Washington State University in 2007 and Lewis-Clark State College in 2011.
Eric and his wife, Mitzi, have one daughter, Macie. Eric and Mitzi met at Ozark Christian College where Eric graduated with a bachelor’s degree. Eric also has a bachelor’s degree in history from U of I and is currently working on his master’s degree.
Eric has been part of Real Life since the beginning in 2007. Impact partnered with Real Life to coach college CARE Group leaders and disciple college students. Eric’s passion lies in helping students explore their God-given design to pursue Him and to bring His Kingdom to their world.
Marty has a bachelor's degree in Christian ministries from Boise Bible College, and he has been in pastoral roles through various ministries since 2001. He and his wife, Rebekah, have two children, Abigail and Ezekiel. Marty joined Impact Campus Ministries and his family moved to Moscow in 2010. Marty’s passion is to provide students with an intensive discipleship program similar to what a student would encounter in the first century.
Charlie entered ministry as a youth pastor in 1972, and he was called to a preaching pastorate in 1974. Two years later, after graduating from Bible College, he moved from Ohio to serve in chuches in Wyoming and Montana. He become part of the staff at Real Life Ministries in 2001, serving the church in Post Falls, Idaho, until 2007, when he moved to Moscow to plant the church here.
Charlie serves directly in marriage and family ministries, while also encouraging other ministries. His tasks also include preaching and counseling. His wife, Eileen, ministers alongside him, coordinating food on Sundays, as well as communion preparation.
Kerri joined the Real Life team as the Women’s Discipleship Coach in June 2013. She feels blessed and loves the opportunity to partner with God’s call to bring the Kingdom. Kerri has a passion for encouraging and equipping the ladies around her, and a strong desire to help others do the same. She has been married to her husband, Josh, since 1995, and they have three amazing children: Vitoria, Jacob, and Ellie.
Shari is the Celebrate Recovery Coordinator for the Palouse region. She holds a Foundation of Biblical Counseling Certificate from Christian Counseling Education Foundation. Shari and Mike were married in 1985 and have two grown children. They moved to the area from California in 1998 and have been members of Real Life since 2012.
Kelli graduated from Boise Bible College with a degree in Bible and music. She has been in worship ministry in some capacity for over twenty years. Along with Aaron, she has been part of two church plants and experienced God doing more than she could have ever imagined. Her passions are inspiring others to greater abandon in worship and teaching women how to study the Word, and she has a heart for pastors’ wives.
Gus has been part of Real Life since its first preview service in 2007, and started volunteering with creative arts and student ministries in 2008. He graduated from the University of Idaho in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast and digital media production and music, and he has worked in radio, film, television, audio, and special event production. He joined the Real Life staff in 2014 to help meet the church’s growing technical needs, and is passionate about creating quality media, experiences, and processes to support and propel the church’s creative endeavors. He and his wife, Atalie, have one son, Judah.
Cathy grew up in Missoula, Montana, until moving to Moscow in the fall of 2014. She has worked in various administrative roles for nearly twenty years and has always found purpose in using those gifts to help the church. She loves being a part of small groups in addition to being on staff. She married her husband, Adam, in 2000, and they have two children, Isaiah and Lillian.
Sarah moved to Moscow with her family in 2012, and they have been attending and volunteering with Real Life ever since. Sarah and her husband, Bryan, have been married for over 20 years and they have three children: Kyla, Triston, and Charity. They have a mission-minded family and are thrilled to be part of the Real Life team.
Brent grew up in Kansas before moving to Idaho and getting involved with Real Life in Post Falls. His career in production and graphic design began in 2003, which involves ongoing training and study. He and his wife, Maggi, moved to Moscow in 2012 to join the Real Life team here.