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Leadership Team

We have an amazing leadership team who is committed to serving God and the people who come weekly to Spirit Life Church.  We would love to get to know you so don't hesitate to say hello to any member of our staff when you visit.

John and Nikita Citizen
E John & Nikita Citizen - Senior Pastors

John Citizen is a man with a servant's heart who, after 17 years as a youth pastor, became the senior pastor of Spirit Life Church.  Pastor John and Nikita both love to fellowship with God and with the families of the church.  John's Bible-based sermons, charisma, and convicting messages create an infectious love for Christ. Everyone is encouraged to follow their passion in creating new opportunities to reach others for Jesus Christ.  John and Nikita both have a deep desire to spread joy throughout the community.  You will see them hosting Atlanta Live, on TV57, quite regularly.  On an average week, John delivers three to four sermons to various middle and high school students in the local school system.  They currently live in Douglasville, GA and have three children, Nicholas, Jovan and Brooklynne.


Daniel Ledia Wiley

Daniel & Ledia Wiley - Executive Pastors

Daniel and Ledia are both graduates of RHEMA Bible College in Broken Arrow, OK.  They both possess an infections kindness and love to serve the families of Spirit Life Church.  Daniel and Ledia began their work in ministry  serving as children's ministers and worked faithfully ministering to children for 12 years. In 2016 they took on their current role as Executive Pastors at Spirit Life Church.  This couple serve faithfully under the leadership of our senior pastors and are responsible for managing our staff as well as most of the week-to-week operations of the church.  Daniel's leadership experience at Chick-fil-A and Apple uniquely qualify him to bring unique insight to our ministry.  They currently live in Winston, GA and have three children, Laurie, Isaac, and Jonah.


Morey Brenda Gannaway

Morey Gannaway - Minister of Music

Morey Gannaway and his wife Brenda have been a joyful part of Spirit Life Church for years.  Morey and Brenda both have years of experience in music.  Morey leads our worship team while playing skillfully on the piano.  He has a heart for worship.   He believes strongly in being led by the Holy Spirit to take a journey each week, leading people to encounter God through music.  Brenda sings on our praise team, works with the children in music, and also teaches piano.


Sandy Miller

Sandy Miller - Church Secretary

Sandy and her husband Josh are deeply involved in the ministry here at Spirit Life.  Sandy manages our church office and is always glad to answer questions and point people in the right direction.  Sandy and Josh also lead up our Overcomers ministry here at Spirit Life.  They live in Winston, GA and have four beautiful children, Kevin, Lucy, Emma, and Micheal.



Kristin Howerton
Kristin Howerton - Early Childhood Director

Kristin joined our team in 2018 to serve as our Early Childhood Director.  She manages our nursery and preschool areas of ministry.  She has a great team of volunteers she is responsible for and works with them to provide a great experience for the children and families of Spirit Life Church.  Kristin brings great experience having worked with other churches to help direct their nursery and preschool departments.  Kristin and her husband Gabe are very involved in the ministry of Spirit Life Church.  Gabe works with our worship team and plays the guitar.  Kristin and Gabe live in Kennesaw, GA and have two beautiful daughters, Ava and Addie.


Nicholas Victoria Citizen

Nicholas & Victoria Citizen - Children's Pastors

Nicholas and Victoria bring a lot of excitement and energy into what they do.  They lead the elementary age children's department at Spirit Life.  They both enjoy serving the families of Spirit Life Church by ministering to children.  Nicholas and Victoria joined the staff as our Children's Pastors in 2018.  They live in Douglasville, GA and have two amazing boys, Stryker and Aiden.


Ryan Toi Epperson
Ryan & Toi Epperson - Youth Pastors

Ryan and Toi Epperson have been at Spirit Life since 2014.  They have served in many different ministry roles and bring a lot of experience to our leadership team.  Ryan and Toi are both passionate about raising up a generation of youth who are anointed by God to change the world around them.  They work with our middle and high school students each week and teach them powerful truths from God's Word and help them understand how to use those truths in their everyday lives.  Ryan and Toi live in Dallas, GA.  They have one amazing little boy named Liam.


Elliott Swinney
Elliott Swinney - Men's Group Director

Elliott and his family have been a part of Spirit Life Church for many years and have been  a tremendous blessing.  Elliott plans special events for our men and his focus is to provide an atmosphere where men can work together and help each other to grow strong in their families, jobs, church, and community.


Nikita Citizen
Nikita Citizen - Women's Group Director

Nikita has been leading women's ministry groups on both a large and small scale for many years.  She leads our women's group here at Spirit Life as well as sitting on the board for the women's ministry of the North Georgia Church of God State Office.  Nikita speaks at women's events across the southeastern United States and has a passion for seeing women reach their full potential in their spiritual walk.