Meet Our Lead Pastors
Pastors Fred and Vannessa Michaux have been leading City Life here in the 757 since October of 2007. They have a diverse background that includes church planting, urban ministry, urban revitalization, corporate senior management, and pastoral ministry. This diversity gives them a breadth of experience that is vital for the complex demands of church leadership in our modern world. While Pastor Fred has always lived in central Virginia, Pastor Vannessa moved to Williamsburg with her family from northern New York in 1994. With their three children Derick, Ethan, and Claire, they lovingly serve the City Life Church family together!
Three words that best describe their approach to ministry are imagination, deference, and expectancy. If you have been around City Life for any amount of time, you know that we would much rather create something new than simply replicate what others are doing. Imagination and creativity are part of the “imago dei,” how we bear the image of God! Permission giving relationships are also a hallmark of their leadership. Too many churches are steered by a directive leader with little or no accountability. City Life is a safe place because a cornerstone of our leadership philosophy is deference to one another. And if there is one final word to describe the personality of our church because of their example…expectancy. They have a relentless belief in the goodness of God that is contagious!
"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." ~ Ecclesiastes 4:12
Justin and Stephanie WhiteCampus Pastor
After graduating from William & Mary in 2006, Pastor Justin became part of a church plant team that was launching a church in Newport News…City Life Church. Having newly recommitted his life to Christ through a college ministry on campus, Pastor Justin was looking for a sense of calling in life which he discovered quickly through this adventure of building a church. As with any church plant, everyone helps in every area of ministry! But he soon discovered that his love for creative arts, music, and reaching the next generation led to serving primarily with students. This is one of City Life’s greatest strengths, the longevity of so many of our leaders.
The pastoral calling on his life was undeniable. One of the central teachings at City Life is that every person has a calling. We cannot read texts like 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12, and Ephesians 4 and not see that every person is created by God for an eternal purpose. Soon after Pastor Justin was married to Stephanie in 2010, the elders agreed together to extend an invitation to Justin to be the first Pastor of Student Ministries for City Life. He has been an integral part of our pastoral team since officially joining our staff in 2011!
Pastor Justin is a student of history, the arts, all things Christianity in both doctrine and practice, and popular culture. He has always served faithfully whether it was in student ministries or as a campus pastor in Suffolk. And we are all the more confident that he will excel again pastoring here in Newport News. You will see him regularly in the preaching rotation, leading our ministry to families with special needs kids, directing our online church initiate, and coordinating all of missions both home and abroad.
Pastor Justin and Stephanie are a beautiful expression of the family of God. With their son Raj, they lead with excellence in pastoral care, Biblical teaching, community service, and discipleship!
Chris HouseWorship and Creative Arts
Chris House is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, worship leader, producer, and native of Hampton, Virginia. He is married to Shanicka Vail House. They are the proud parents of two beautiful children, Raegan and Rhian. As a 2002 Music Education graduate of Hampton University, he currently serves as Creative Arts Director and has been a part of the City Life Church family since 2013.
Not only is Chris a passionate worshiper and musician, he is also a strong advocate for diversity in the body of Christ and social justice equality. His gifts and talents are used to promote his strong belief that when diversity is celebrated, harmony is established and unity is fulfilled. You can’t be in one of our weekend worship services and not feel Psalm 150 come to life – “…let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!” We believe strongly that a live worship experience at every campus is essential for a person’s spiritual vitality and growth.
Our weekend worship experience is also one of our generational tethers…giving the next generation a voice in style and a presence through participation. From the band on stage to behind the scenes technology and service production, our youth are preparing our church to have a voice to generations to come!
David GodwinStudent Ministries Pastor
Pastor David has attended City Life since its inception in 2006, and has served in student ministries all the while. Before coming on staff as Student Ministries Pastor, David worked as a youth development professional for several non-profit and human service organizations. Currently, he co-leads student ministries with his wife Hannah, who became a member of City Life in 2011 and together they have two beautiful daughters, Selah and Ella.
David is passionate about helping youth and young adults not only come to know Christ but to follow Him all the days of their lives in life-fulfilling discipleship. At Revolution Church our vision is that every young person ENGAGE in their own relationship with Christ, INVEST in the life of the church, and IMPACT the world around them. We believe that the youth do not merely represent the future of the church, but have an essential role to play in the church today!