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.

  • 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 - Executive Pastor

    Jared joined the Risen Life staff in 2012 and is currently serving as the Executive Pastor. Jared graduated from the University of Utah in 2000 with a B.S. in Business Management, from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2011 with a M.Div. in Christian Ministries, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Gateway Seminary. Jared has a gifting and passion for teaching and preaching the Word and regularly does so at Risen Life and other church plants in the Valley. Jared also manages community groups, mission efforts, and men's ministry at Risen Life. Jared has been married for 18 years to his wife Amie and together they have four kids. In his spare time, Jared loves to climb, ski, hike, run, and read.

  • 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.

  • 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 ministry roles 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 of Divinity. Jason and his wife Melinda have been married for 16 years and have been blessed with two children, Mariah and Isaac. His favorite activities include golfing, reading, and enjoying time at home with his family.

  • davID 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 dating back to 1986. He and his wife, Tina, were married in 1984. Their family includes 2 sons, Jeremy and Taylor and Taylor's wife Courtney.

  • 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.