connecting real people to real life

I’ve been a pastor for 24 years.  In that time I’ve grown a little weary of “church as usual”.  However, I still believe in the power of gathering together in the name of Christ on a regular basis.  Thus, ReaLife Church was born in 2012.  We try to keep things simple on Sundays.  A little music, a relevant message and real relationships.

Add in some small groups, some service and a lot of fun and that’s our church.  No politics, no entrenched view points, no “we’ve never done it that way before!” and no church building to worry or fight over.  Jesus, fellow travelers and a desire to love bigger and grow deeper.  Check it out!

-Eric Hulstrand (Co-pastor and founding pastor)


Our Vision:

To connect to real life!

Our Mission:

Love Bigger

Jesus came that we might have life, abundant life…REAL Life!  That real life is found in Jesus’ love, the biggest love of all.  His love empowers us to TRY to love bigger.

“I am the vine, you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing.”  John 15:5

“Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.”  John 6:68

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  John 13:34-35


Grow Deeper

It was no accident that Jesus chose to gather together people…groups of 3, 12, 70, 120, 3000, etc. to change the world and to grow each person.

“It is not good for man to be alone.”  Genesis 2:18

God created us to be in community.  That is where our gifts and passions can grow and our sins and selfishness can be tamed and faced.  In other words, we really CAN grow deeper!



 “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” 

― Brené BrownThe Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

We believe in being real!  Life can be quite hard and it often enough just plain sucks.  But that is not the final word!  There is hope…in Jesus and in people who know how to love “in spite of”.  That is our goal at ReaLife, to be unconditional lovers of people, to create a space where you can take off the mask and just be.


Matthew 11:28-29  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your SOULS.”

Psalm 139:23-24  “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.”

“The glory of God is a human being fully alive.”    


LCMC (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ)

Willow Creek Association