Our Staff

James Grove

Founder & Lead Pastor

Pastor Jim is our founder & lead pastor at ReaLife Assembly. In 2008, he and his wife Debbie followed God’s call to come to Erie and plant the church. His main responsibilities are the weekend services, vision casting, and staff oversight. Pastor Jim’s passions are communicating God’s word for daily living and promoting the family feel that exists at ReaLife! In the fall of 2022, Pastor Jim was asked to serve as the Chaplain of the Erie Police Department, a force of over 200 officers. If you don’t see him at the church or doing a ride-along with the EPD, you might see him out on the road as he enjoys time as an avid cyclist. Pastor Jim and Debbie have been married for 36 years and have two adult children.

Debbie Grove

Lead Pastor's Wife & ELC Executive Director

Along with helping Pastor Jim with weekly responsibilities in the church office, Debbie leads the ministry to our ladies, is a dynamic life group teacher, and uses her gift of decorating and hospitality to enhance the look and feel of ReaLife. Debbie is also the Executive Director of our Early Learning Center where she oversees the vision, staffing, and finances of the center. The ELC has a staff of 27 full-time and part-time care givers sharing Jesus’ love with more than 70 children each week.

Bailey Giesbrecht

Youth Pastor

Bailey leads ReaLife's youth ministry. He believes that students are not only the future of the church, but that they have a part in the church NOW!

Lindsey Korytowski

Creative Director

Lindsey works with all aspects of the creative direction for ReaLife and its ministries. She assures that visually the beliefs and vision of the church are expressed appropriately and cohesively.