Meet our staff

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.

janell  Lunsford

Associate Pastor

patrick Lunsford

Youth Pastor

As the Associate Pastor at Radiant Life, Janell assists Pastor John with any ministerial needs. She also oversees Life Groups and membership classes. Pastor Janell started at Radiant Life in December of 2008.

Facebook: Janell Lunsford (Snodgrass)


Patrick is the Youth Pastor at Radiant Life, teaching the next generation biblical principles, encouraging them in worship, and providing a fun and exciting atmosphere for spiritual and personal growth. Pastor Patrick started at Radiant Life in 2016.

Facebook: Patrick Lunsford


Joshua & Chelsea Utley

Young Adults Pastors

Joshua and Chelsea lead The Gathering, Radiant Life's young adults ministry. Pastor Joshua started at Radiant Life in August of 2019, and is over leadership development and organizational development at Radiant Life, helping departments fulfill the vision of Leading People to Their God-Given Purpose. Chelsea is passionate about discipleship and building missional community.

Instagram: @thejoshutley

Twitter: @thejoshutley