About Risen Life Church

Our Mission

Invite you to pursue authentic relationships with God and other people.

Equip you to grow into a disciple of Jesus.

Activate you to support others to grow into a disciple of Jesus.

Our Values


Seeking God's Presence

One moment in the presence of God can change everything. We pursue the presence of God in all we do.


Authentic Worship

We were made to worship. While this may look different for each of us, our worship is spirit-filled and authentic.


Humility and Forgiveness

Following Jesus means following his example of humility and forgiveness. We forgive others because Christ first forgave us.


Protecting Unity

Unity is at the core of who God is. We don't gossip; we speak life; we don't tear down; we build up. We each play our role in protecting the Body of Christ.


Running After Others

God-honoring relationships require commitment and sacrifice. We actively pursue authentic relationships no matter the cost.


Contributing not Consuming

God created each of us for a purpose. We commit ourselves to actively contributing to growing God's Kingdom.


Mercy and Justice

Mercy and justice are at the heart of the mission of God. We're committed to helping hurting people (mercy) as well as addressing the cause of that hurt (justice).

Teaching Pastor

Chris Auer

Pastor Chris Auer is the teaching pastor of Risen Life Church. His driving passion is to lead others into an intimate relationship with Jesus and equip others to become a disciple of Jesus.

Coming from an engineering background in the medical device field, Chris holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, as well as a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Seminary. Chris and his wife Marissa look forward to seeing God's Kingdom grow in their community.

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Worship Pastor

Taylor Williams

Taylor Williams is the worship pastor at Risen Life Church. Taylor's passion for worship comes from the knowledge that we were all made to worship God. 

Taylor holds a Bachelor's degree in Biblical & Theological Studies, a Master's degree in Education, and a Doctorate in Administration at Bethel University. Taylor and his wife Mikayla believe that lives can be transformed by the Holy Spirit, as they seek to lead others into a place of worshiping God in the Spirit and in truth.

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Pastor Advisory Team

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Radious Guess

I’m passionate about finding ways to identify and eliminate barriers that prevent the full participation of black, brown and other historically marginalized people. As a former world class track and field athlete, I’m also passionate sharing the many gifts God has given to me with student athletes.

Serving on the Pastor Advisory Team allows me to exercise servant leadership, live out the will of God, and advance the kingdom of God while prioritizing the growth and wellbeing of others.

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Andrew Cordell

I love anything that gets me outside. I'm passionate about using the outdoors to help slow down, reflect, and know God more.

For a pastor, guiding the direction of a church comes with a lot of weight. As a member of the Pastor Advisory Team, I am grateful for the opportunity to bear some of that weight and help uphold the spiritual health of our pastors.

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Allee Siver

One of the main things I'm passionate about is serving others. I have the opportunity to do this as a nurse in bone marrow transplant.

I enjoy serving on the Pastor Advisory Team because it creates a space for me to help, support, and serve church leaders and Risen Life Church as a whole so that together we can see God’s kingdom come to earth as it is in heaven.

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Len Auer

I am passionate about discipling others to be Jesus followers and understand God's amazing Words in the Bible. I really enjoy leading small groups and seeing people grow in Christ.

Being on the Pastor Advisory Team is important to me because it's a wonderful way to support Pastor Chris and help lead the Risen Life Church family.

Our Beliefs

Risen Life Church is a part of the Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church. The Covenant Church has a passion for seeing people engage in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, across more populations, in a more caring and just world. They have six affirmations that help define the views and ethos of the denomination:

01Word of GodWe affirm the centrality of the word of God.
02New BirthWe affirm the necessity of the new birth.
03The MissionWe affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the church.
04Fellowship of BelieversWe affirm the church as a fellowship of believers.
05Holy SpiritWe affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.
06Freedom in ChristWe affirm the reality of freedom in Christ.

More on the Evangelical Covenant Church can be found here.