Our Staff


    In 2008, Kevin Lund joined us as Senior Pastor. He came to us from Kearney, Nebraska, where he had been a pastor for 18 years. Previous to his pastoral service in Nebraska, he worked as a Metallurgical Engineer for John Deere. Kevin and his wife, Mary, have two adult sons – Carl and Bjorn, and a daughter-in-law Kala (married to Carl).

    Kevin has had a passion for Christ and his kingdom’s advancement since his teenage years. While growing up in Seattle, he came to experience the love and forgiveness of Christ through his church, and a close pastor friend. Today, Kevin desires that all people come to know Jesus, his love for them, and the adventure and joy of serving him daily.

  • Robert Marshall - Elder/Teaching Pastor

    Robert & Donna Marshall have been in ministry in Utah for nearly thirty years with most of their time being spent in southwestern Utah. For the last 18 years they have run Streams in the Wasteland Christian Ministries, a help and encouragement ministry to pastors in the state of Utah.

    Robert has been working at Risen Life part time since 2008 after having served as interim pastor for five months. He is passionate about encouraging and challenging people to live by the principles of scripture through the teaching of the Bible as God’s Word. Robert and Donna have been married 30 years and have five married children, four granddaughters and four grandsons.

  • Alex Adema - Executive Pastor

    Alex joined the Risen Life staff as Executive Pastor in 2017. Originally from Buffalo, New York, he and his family relocated to Salt Lake City in 2015 where he also works in the marketplace for a local ski manufacturing company based here in SLC. Alex graduated from Colorado College with a degree in Economics, and has an MBA from the University of Buffalo (SUNY). He has spent many years working in the world of economics and the financial services industry. He has also served as an Elder and Executive Pastor of a church plant in Buffalo.

    Alex came to know the Lord late in high school, where he had a couple of close friends that helped him discover the gospel and his own faith. His passion is in supporting the work of the gospel through the local church, helping to organize and implement the vision of the church leadership, and to assist in mobilizing the people of the church to carry out that vision in serving each other and the community. He loves traveling with family, the outdoors, skiing, the Buffalo Sabres, and spicy pickles. Alex and his wife, Jennifer, are parents to four wonderful children.

  • Tina Toombs Pelton - minister of women, Connections, and Counseling

    Tina came on staff in 1998 and currently serves as the Pastor of Connections and Women’s Ministry. She grew up in Michigan, came to Utah on a spring break ski trip and returned later to do campus ministry work. She and her husband David have two adult sons, Jeremy and Taylor. Her desire is to help those who are new to Risen Life find connection with others through community groups and ministry teams. In ministering to women, she seeks to assist them in connecting with God on a heart level so that they can know and experience his love in their day to day lives.

  • Sean Patrick - Minister of Worship

    Sean started in ministry at Risen Life in 2000, first as an intern with the youth ministry, then as Youth Pastor. He became Worship Pastor in 2008. Sean has a B.S. in Speech Communications from the University of Utah.  Sean and his wife Rachael are blessed with their daughters Anna, Bailey, and Claire. He can often be found cheering on the Utes, Red Sox, Real Salt Lake, Utah Jazz, and the Denver Broncos.  He seeks to lift up and glorify Christ, and to equip and encourage others to do the same. Using the Word, music, and the arts, he seeks to create a culture of worship and outreach at Risen Life.

  • Jared Jenkins - Minister of discipleship & Missions

    Jared joined Risen Life staff in 2012 as the Student Pastor. Jared graduated from the University of Utah in 2000 with his B.A. and received his M.Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2011. Before coming to Risen Life, Jared was the Student Minister at the University of Utah for the Salt Lake Baptist Association and had a decade long career in construction management. Jared has a passion to teach the Word, and see youth and college students from across the Salt Lake Valley have their lives changed by the Gospel. Jared has been married for ten years to his wife Amie and together they have three young sons. In his spare time, Jared loves to climb, ski, hike, read, and study the Word.

  • Josh Jost - Minister of students

    Josh joined us on staff as our Student Ministry Intern in October 2013. Before he joined staff with Risen Life, he was the youth pastor at the Daybreak Campus of South Mountain Community Church. He and his wife, Rachel, were married in August 2012.

    Though Josh now calls Utah home, he is originally from Kansas, where his dad was also a youth pastor. Josh came to know Christ at a young age, accepting Him as his Savior at age eight. His relationship with the Lord grew deeper through his college years. Josh's passions are serving and teaching God's Word to students in junior high and high school.

  • dave Pelton - Financial Manager

    In October 2012, David joined our staff team as Finance Manager but has faithfully been a part of the Risen Life family since 1990. He was born in Dallas, lived in Oakland, CA for five years and has been living in Salt Lake since he came to know Christ at eight years old.

    David’s focus is to be a positive support for the RLC ministry staff and the larger church body. Before serving here, David was employed as a CFO and controller for various companies in the Salt Lake Valley since 1986. He and his wife, Tina, have been married for 28 years and have two sons, Jeremy and Taylor.

  • Jason Benson - Minister of Children

    Jason joined Risen Life staff as Children's Pastor in August 2017.  Before joining our team Jason had a decade long career in various roles of ministry including children's pastor, youth pastor, college and career pastor, and church planter.  He ministered in the states of Florida, Tennessee, and Utah, Jason received his B.S. in Pastoral Ministry from Lee University in December 2002 and is currently working on completing his Masters in Divinity.  Jason has a passion to see young lives transformed by the Gospel.  Jason and his wife Melinda have been married for 14 years and have been blessed with two young children, Mariah and Isaac.  His favorite activities include preaching, reading, golfing, and enjoying movie nights with his family. 

  • Megan Justus - Minister of College Students

    Megan joined our staff team in 2017.  She is originally from Denton Texas and has been working with KLIFE ministries, a para-church discipleship ministry for the past 4 years.  Megan is passionate about loving Jesus, evangelism, discipleship, and Utah's outdoor activities. 

  • Jonathon marshall - Office Manager/AV Engineer

    Jonathon is the newest member to our staff, but has been a dedicated volunteer at Risen Life Church since 2010 where he has been working as the senior A/V engineer. He was recently brought on staff full time, where he splits his time between being the A/V engineer and Office administrator.