Meet our staff

lead pastor John & Susan Utley

John and Susan Utley, Lead Pastor's of Radiant Life Church are originally from Arkansas.  Their ministry has taken them to Israel, Mexico, Ecuador, Japan, Venezuela, Chile, and Honduras.  They have ministered on radio, television, and online streaming services.  John earned his degree in Church Ministries from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Texas.  He has served churches in Arkansas and Indiana.  John loves writing and has published two books, "When God Says Nothing", and "Amazing God" and has written for national and regional publications.  He has also been featured on "The Harvest Show" (see the interview here: and hosts a blog (  John serves on the North Central Indiana Teen Challenge Board, and is the executive director of Esperanza Medical Missions.  John also serves law enforcement as a Sheriff's Chaplain for the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department.  John and Susan lead teams to places around the world.

Susan earned her Master's Degree from the University of Central Arkansas. She now serves as Chair of the FACS department at Concord High School and as an adjunct professor of Early Childhood Education for Ivy Tech Community College, South Bend, IN. She has traveled overseas on education grants with Toyota and in ministry.

John and Susan have three children: Joanna, Jonathan, and Joshua.

Associate Pastor janell  Lunsford & 

youth pastor patrick Lunsford

Janell serves as the Associate Pastor at Radiant Life. Janell grew up in Elkhart, Indiana. She was saved at the age of five, filled with the Holy Spirit at the age of 14, and called into ministry at the age of 16. After her calling in ministry, she began to preach in her local church and in the Elkhart area. After graduating from High School she attended Central Bible College where she graduated with a B.A. in Bible in 1997. She was also licensed with the Assemblies of God in 1997.  Over the last 20 years she has served as a children's/youth pastor in Indiana and Wisconsin. In addition to her position as Associate Pastor, Janell works in a local school as a paraprofessional.

Patrick serves as our Youth Pastor. His passion for youth and desire to see youth grow up to be godly men and women is contagious.

In 2014, Patrick and Janell married, in 2016, they welcomed their daughter, Jayla into their family...they are happy people. 

children's pastor Stephanie holyfield

Stephanie has always enjoyed working with kids and serves as children's pastor at Radiant Life. Always a Texan, moved to Indiana at 6 1/2 years of age, Stephanie pretty much grew up in Middlebury. She went to college in Springfield, Missouri, at Central Bible College, and graduated with a degree in Missions. For 10 years she lived near Gurnee, Illinois, five of which she spent as a children's pastor. She also works virtually for a benefits company where she has just been for 10 years. She is excited about being here, and loves the children and families of Radiant Life.

In 2016, Stephanie married her childhood sweetheart, Clayton.  Clayton went to be with the Lord in May 2019.

Young Adults Pastor Joshua Utley & Chelsea Rodrigue

Pastor Joshua is over Leadership Development at Radiant Life. He grew up in Indiana and interned at Radiant Life during high school under Pastor John. In 2014, Joshua moved to the Dallas, TX area to earn his degree in Church Leadership from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Joshua is passionate about growing leaders and making disciples.

He and Chelsea met in 2017 and instantly became friends. In 2018, they started dating and will be married in December of 2019.