Church Leadership Team

As an advisory team to the Elder board our constitution calls for a Church Leadership Team. This is a group of people who are recognized by the congregation as spiritually mature individuals who will act as advisors to the elders as well as a go between for the people and the leaders and staff of the church. The Church Leadership Team (CLT) meets on a monthly basis to be appraised by the elders on the condition of ministry through the staff, and in the church, as well as to bring any concerns they might be aware of to the attention of the elders. Each member of the CLT has the responsibility of oversight of various ministry teams.

Andrew Hopkins

CLT - Chairman

Andrew has been part of Risen Life since 2012. He and his wife, Lindsay, have a son Will, born October 2022. He is a lawyer and loves the RLC community and hanging with the youth (when baby Will allows it).

Paula Potter


Originally from Wyoming, God called Paula Potter to serve at Intermountain Christian School in Salt Lake where she loves teaching young children from a Christ centered worldview. She has been a member of Risen Life since 2002 and serves in various capacities with women and children.

Leslie Clement


Leslie Clement and her family moved to Salt Lake City in 2006 and joined Risen Life in 2008. She has 4 children, all of whom have flown the coop. She is a real estate agent at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Utah Properties and enjoys DIY home projects and decor, scrapbooking, travelling, participating in Bible Study Fellowship and spending time with friends and family. She taught the one year old class for 4 years and adores those little bundles of joy!

Jeremiah Johnson


Jeremiah is excited to serve on the CLT here at Risen Life. He and his wife Angela have been attending and serving alongside the church community since 2018, which has included teaching in children’s ministry and occasionally preaching on Sundays. Jeremiah and Angela had the joy of dedicating their two boys and most recently baptizing their oldest daughter at Risen Life. 

Courtney Jones


Married to Mike & mom to Audrey (almost 4) and Eli (1.5).
She has been part of Risen Life Church since 2016, and has a heart for women’s ministry and connecting people to the sweetness and life-changing power of Christian community.

David Smith


David Smith has been attending Risen Life Church since 2016 and a member since 2018 along with his wife Cindy.   David and Cindy have two adult daughters, Allie and Ashley.  David serves in ministry with the Jr. High Youth.  Serving in youth ministry has been a constant throughout his life in the church. David is currently COO for a UT based company with global operations.  When he is not traveling for work he enjoys golf, college football (Go UTES!), time with family and sharing a meal with friends.

Grace Kunde


Grace and her husband Jeremy have been attending Risen Life since 2016 with their two kids Lorali and Carsten.  She has served in the children’s ministry and  is active with the women’s ministry.  Grace also leads the accounting department for Extra Space Storage. Her passions include time with family, watching the kids play sports, traveling, going for hikes, camping and enjoying time with friends.

Mark Hoshizaki


Mark and his wife Wendy served as your missionaries to Japan for 32 years through the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board. They have been associated with Risen Life Church, as it was known also as Holladay Baptist Church, for many years as well, including missions involvement for Japan. Born and raised mostly in Japan as a missionary kid, Mark’s parents also had served with the IMB. Now retired and living in Sandy, Mark enjoys hiking and skiing.

Jill Swelland


Jillian, married to Ryan, has been attending Risen Life since 2021. As a Christian Counselor, she is dedicated to guiding individuals through life’s difficulties. Her specialized areas encompass adolescent counseling, family and marital dynamics, inner healing, as well as addressing matters of depression and anxiety. In her free time, Jillian enjoys running, snowboarding, and continuous personal development.

Phil Hirz


Phil Hirz and his wife, Melinda, have been attending Risen Life since 2017. They have three children: Alyssa, Emily, and Joshua. Phil is an Electrical Engineer at L3Harris. Phil enjoys woodworking, guitar, the outdoors, and learning new things. Phil is currently pursuing an MTE degree through Gateway Seminary (Salt Lake School of Theology). Phil serves in Iglesia Risen Life and Men’s Ministry. 

Contact Andrew Hopkins

Contact Paula Potter

Contact Leslie Clement

Contact Jeremiah Johnston

Contact Courtney Jones

Contact David Smith

Contact Grace Kunde

Contact Mark Hoshizaki

Contact Jill Selland

Contact Phil Hirz


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