Life Church Pastors


  • William carpenter  - Senior Pastor  

    Pastor Bill was born and raised in southern Georgia. Following high school he worked several odd jobs, traveled, and later studied Graphic Design at Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida. During this time, Pastor Bill’s path in life shifted, and he decided that ministry was where the Lord was leading him. He attended Northwest Bible College in Minot, North Dakota, and received a degree in Biblical Studies while also working in retail management. He married his wife, Barb, in 1982 while pastoring a small church near the Canadian border. In the fall of 1991, Pastor Bill and Barb were called to Sioux Falls to plant what is now Life Church. Pastor Bill also spent 9 years as a Chaplin at Avera McKennan Hospital. He is currently the committee chair for Sioux Falls YoungLife, is on the leadership team for the South Dakota Prayer Coalition, and serves Gateway Brazil which equips young leaders and missionaries. Pastor Bill is passionate about shepherding and equipping believers to share their faith in Jesus and make disciples. Pastor Bill and Barb have been married for 36 years, and they have 3 adult children and one grandson. In his free time, Pastor Bill loves marathon running, fishing, and international travel. 

  • David Sinkgraven - Associate Pastor  

    Pastor Dave was born and raised in Sioux Falls. Following high school, he studied biology at the University of Sioux Falls. It was during his time at USF that he began attending Life Church and eventually became a youth leader. Pastor Dave’s passion for ministry quickly grew, and he decided that work in the church was where the Lord was leading him. Pastor Dave attended Sioux Falls Seminary and received Master of Marriage and Family Therapy and Master of Divinity degrees. Currently, most of Pastor Dave’s work revolves around discipleship, counseling, youth ministry, and community building at Life Church.  He is passionate about equipping every believer with the necessary tools to share the good news of Jesus and make disciples. He has been married to his lovely wife Jenny for 10 years, and they have 4 children: Grace, Livia, Jada, and Dawson. As a couple, Dave and Jenny have enjoyed working together to support adoptive families in the Sioux Falls area as well as advocating for orphan work around the globe. In his free time, Dave loves to fish, golf, and play basketball.   

Life Church Staff

  • Jennifer Ross, Director of Children's Ministries


  • Charity Helleson, Administrative Assistant


Board of Elders


  • Wendell Buus

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  • Andrew Carmany

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  • Roy Christion

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  • Wade Helleson

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  • Paul Olson

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