John and Laura founded Life Church in 2009 with the goal of starting a church that is real, relevant and relational.
Before coming to Starkville, John served ten years as Outreach Pastor at a church in Birmingham. He had the privilege of leading 175 of the greatest volunteers in ten outreach ministries that touched thousands outside the church each year. A passion for the nations has led him on mission trips to Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central and South America.
Laura, a native of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee and a graduate of Samford University. In 2003, she resigned her Corporate Project Manager position to take on a new project – raising their first born Hannah. In 2005 Evie was born. Laura also has a passion for missions and has traveled to many countries. She is known for her love for people, and has a great eye for photography.
John’s Hometown: Auburn, AL
Favorite Foods: BBQ and desserts of all kinds!
Hobbies: Family Time, College Football (go Dawgs & War Eagle!)
Education: B.S., Jacksonville State University
M.Div., Beeson Divinity School of Samford University
D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Following her Mom’s example, Vatreecia has been singing for the Lord as long as she can remember. She is an Independent Living for the Blind instructor with the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services. She resides in Columbus with her husband of eight years and her beautiful daughter Nia.
Hometown: Macon, MS
Favorite Foods: All of them!
Hobbies: Singing, reading, traveling, and spending time with family.
Education: B.S. Alcorn State, M.S. University of West Alabama
Adam and Tara Lowrey
Adam and Tara Lowrey met when they were 8 & 9 years old, grew up together, got married, and started a family. They have 3 children, Emily, age 12, Olivia, age 10, and Isaac, age 6. They currently reside in Starkville, MS. Adam is a high school math teacher and Tara is an elementary music teacher.
Hometown: Tara- Sturgis, MS; Adam- Louisville, MS
Favorite Foods: Fried/Baked Chicken, Fried/Grilled/Blackened Fish, BBQ, Steak, Fries, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Baked Potatoes, and Macaroni
Hobbies: Ministering on Facebook Live, Playing with and Tickling the kids, Singing, Dancing, Exercising, Traveling, and Exploring the Countryside
Education: Adam- BS and MS Mississippi State University; Tara- BS Mississippi State University
Children’s Ministries Director
Kimberly is a graduate student at Mississippi State University studying Student Affairs in Higher Education. She loves children and has two of her own, Ka’Najah and Khriston. She has been a part of the team since 2015.
Hometown: Macon, MS
Favorite Foods: Seafood
Hobbies: Basketball, softball, fishing, and gardening
Education: B.S. Mississippi State University