Our Pastors

Leadership at LifeChurch

LifeChurch has become known in the region as a welcoming community of Christians and guests captured by it's spirit and vision. Enthused by the opportunity to be involved in a life giving and growing church, we place an extraordinary emphasis on ministry to children and young people, as well as our worship experience for adults.

Our vision comes from Romans 12:2 where God states that He gives us “Transformed Lives”. A transformed life has gone from being drained by this world to being energized by God. A transformed life is directed by God's purpose and filled with God’s joy and peace.

Our mission is simple; in fact Jesus summed it up in Matthew 22:37-39 "Love the Lord and love your neighbor." At LifeChurch, we believe it is our responsibility to "Connect with God and with People."

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Pastors Brian & Racquel Undlin

Lead Pastors

brian@lifechurchmaine.org 

racquel@lifechurchmaine.org

 

Brian & Racquel are the founding and lead pastors of LifeChurch. In college, Brian felt God calling him to start a church in the northeast, but it wasn't until 1995 that He made the Portland, Maine area clear. In 1996, with 2 small children, Brian and Racquel moved to Maine without having ever visited or knowing anyone local. Simply knowing that God had put the people of Maine on their hearts, they came ready to serve and God has blessed the church from the beginning. They now have 4 children and enjoy a happy home.

Pastor Tom Pequinot

Associate Pastor

tom@lifechurchmaine.org 

 

Tom worked as a stockbroker, an insurance agent, and entrepreneur for most of his life. In 1999, he attended LifeChurch and started a process of being mentored and discipled by the senior pastors. Tom got involved with various ministries like LifeCamp, worship, and LifeGroups. Over the years he discovered that God was calling him into the ministry and in 2009, came on staff as an associate pastor. Tom lives in Gorham with his wife Christine and their 3 children.

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Pastor Kim Johnson

CFO / Children's Ministry

kim@lifechurchmaine.org 

 

Kim is a native from Minnesota. She graduated from Bemidji State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1990. While in college, she and her husband Gordy met Pastor Brian .  After teaching school in Oklahoma, Kim and  Gordy moved to Maine in 1996 to launch LifeChurch with Brian and Racquel.

Since day one, Kim has been a part of all aspects of ministering at LifeChurch.   WIth a background in Administration and Education, Kim currently divides her time between serving as LifeChurch’s CFO and in Children’s Ministry.  Kim dedicates her life to the mission of LifeChurch which is to see “childrens' lives transformed by Jesus.” She loves to be a part of helping kids connect with God whether through Sunday morning services, KidzLife events, or one on one conversations.

 

After Gordy was called home to Heaven in 2016, Kim is still devoted to helping others develop their relationships with God and with people. She is the proud mother of 3 sons.

Pastors Matt & Erin Burr

Executive Pastors

matt@lifechurchmaine.org 

erin@lifechurchmaine.org

 

Matt came into LifeChurch in 2011 broken and hurting. He found a home at LifeChurch and found freedom through Christ. Matt discovered his passion for pastoring people and was discipled under the lead pastors of LifeChurch. Matt met his wife Erin at LifeChurch and they were married in 2012. Erin is from New Brunswick, Canada, she came to Maine in 2002 after graduating from New Brunswick Bible Institute with a diploma in biblical and theological studies. Currently Matt and Erin lead the Celebrate Recovery ministry and Matt is one of the executive pastors at LifeChurch. Matt and Erin have found their calling at LifeChurch and a life that is full and overflowing with the love of Jesus. They live in Gorham and have four amazing children, Logan, Isaac, Silas and Sadie.

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Pastor Samantha Day

Children's Ministry

samantha@lifechurchmaine.org 

 

Samantha started attending LifeChurch in 2000 with no prior church background. When she began to devote her life to God, she found her call and passion serving every week in the children’s ministry department. After teaching and dedicating herself to the children at LifeChurch for several years she then opened our childcare center, Sunny Days. Working at Sunny Days for 5 years was an amazing experience in which God was preparing her for what He had next in her life. In 2010, she was given the opportunity of a lifetime to follow Gods bigger plan, becoming the full-time Children’s Pastor of LifeChurch Gorham. In Samantha’s own words; "Your children’s spiritual growth is so important to me. It is my honor, privilege and passion to help transform your children’s life to know God’s love and truth and help them become spiritual champions for Christ." Samantha and her husband Chris have been married since 1997. They have three beautiful children Joshua, Cameron and Kaiden.

Tyler Debardino

Young Adult Leader

tyler@lifechurchmaine.org 

 

Tyler is the leader of the Young Adults group at LifeChurch and a Recreational Therapist in Saco. Tyler had been attending lifechurch since he was a young child. A member of the high school youth group at lifechurch 06-10 and the leader of the group 15-17. He now leads the Young Adults life group since 2019. Tyler loves creating personal godly relationships with people and offering a welcoming environment to all those at Lifechurch. Tyler enjoys cooking and lives with his wife Katelyn in Scarborough. 

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Kandace Porter

Executive Coordinator

kandace@lifechurchmaine.org 

 

Kandace grew up in Texas and graduated from The University of Texas (Hook ‘em horns!) with a BA degree in Psychology. She then went on to complete her Masters degree in Counseling. In 1998, Kandace moved away from the warm state of Texas to Maine, experiencing the "Ice Storm" of the century during her first winter in the North (surprisingly, she stayed!) Once in Maine, she met her husband Jeff while working as an Employment Specialist and later as a HR Recruiter for Maine Medical Center. A few years later, God blessed them with two beautiful children, Morgan and Mason. In 2010, the Porter family visited LifeChurch and realized God had called them to this new church home. Kandace began serving on the First Impressions Team and led a LifeGroup. Soon after, she felt that God was calling her to serve more and eventually, God opened the door for her to be on staff at LifeChurch. Currently she oversees various ministries and serves as Executive Coordinator.  She also loves to connect with new people!. Kandace encourages everyone to say "Yes" and respond to God when He calls you to serve. Jump in and get involved - you will not only be a blessing to others, but you will be blessed as well!

Colin McCrillis

Youth Leader

colin@lifechurchmaine.org 

 

Colin began working as a Head Start/Early Childhood teacher in the Greater Portland area in 2015. In 2020, Colin joined the Sunny Days team, working in their After School Program. He served as a High School Youth Group leader at a Unitarian Universalist church from 2011-2017. Following God’s lead, Colin began attending LifeChurch in 2016. Ready to go “All In”, Colin began serving on the KidzLife dream team and leading small groups with Middle and High School students. Colin finds great joy in assisting the Youth Group students in developing their walk with Christ and understanding God’s plan for their lives. In all things, he strives to give all the glory to God!! Colin lives in Portland with his wife, Melissa, and their four children.

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