In 2004, two families left their homes in Texas and moved to Utah to start a church. There was no congregation or building, just a dream. Lifeline Community has come a long way since then, but our mission is still the same. We long to be exactly what our name says: a lifeline. But a lifeline of what?
a lifeline of hope
Everyone needs hope. All of us need to know what it means to have something greater than ourselves to live for. At Lifeline, we aim to help you grasp the reality that there is hope for whatever situation you may face.
a lifeline of passion
Life was meant to be lived with desire and fervor. We want to help you come alive and be all that God created you to be. We are passionate about our relationships with each other and our relationship with God, and we hope this passion is contagious.
a lifeline of love
The greatest love ever shown was the love of Jesus Christ as He laid down His life for us. We believe it is our responsibility to share this Christ-like love in meaningful and tangible ways.
We hope you will let us be a lifeline of hope, passion and love. Because in a world like ours, everyone needs a lifeline to hold on to! Connect with us and give us the opportunity to pour our lives into yours.
We use the term "passions" instead of the traditional term "values" because a passion is not only valued, it is something that truly drives you. The seven passions below really drive us, and they are the standards by which all of our ministries are measured. The term "passion" is defined by Webster's as "intense or violent emotion." Of course the idea of violence does not apply, but we wholly embrace the notion of intensity. In other words, we want to have our hearts in what we do. We want our whole person engaged in these seven passions. They are based on the acrostic PASSION so as to be mnemonic, and we want them to be on the front burner of each person's mind and heart at Lifeline Community.
We are driven by the worship of God and believe it is our job as His community to express how much we love Him with passion. We want to worship Him with all aspects of our lives, both individually and as a community, and we want that worship to be from the depths of our heart and with our whole person engaged in proclaiming His goodness. "My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my soul" (Psalm 108:1).
We think it is important that we be real. Jesus abhorred hypocrisy, and so do we. We want our lives to be filled with integrity. We are not interested in putting on facades of pseudo-spirituality. We want our lives to match what we say. "The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity" (Proverbs 11:3).
SUFFICIENCY OF THE BIBLE
We believe that the Bible alone is God's written Word for humanity. It is completely true, and it is our guide for what we should believe and how we are to live. It addresses all of life, so we go to it for the answers to all of life's dilemmas. "Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth" (John 17:17).
SHARING THE GOSPEL
We know that the most valuable message for the world is that salvation from judgment comes only by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. God continues to give us breath to share this message. Sharing it with others is a priority in the life of our church. "We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us" (2 Corinthians 5:20a).
IMPORTANCE OF THE FAMILY
We treasure the gift of family and see it as the primary sphere of influence in our lives. We believe that strong families will make a strong church, and we want to equip families to glorify God in every area of life. "These commands that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up" (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
ONENESS IN COMMUNITY
We believe that God wants our church to be unified. This doesn't mean that we are all the same, but it does mean that our hearts are knit together and committed to a common vision and a common mission. It means that we appreciate individuality within our church and allow it to be expressed without trying to make everyone else look just like us. "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another" (John 13:35).
NOBILITY IN HUMANITY
We are committed to recognizing the worth of every individual. We are all made in God’s image. He loved each individual enough that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for them. Therefore He expects us to treat everyone with dignity and honor. "What is man that You are mindful of him, the son of man that You care for him? Yet you made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor" (Psalm 8:4-5).
- We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.
- We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate.
- We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.
- We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
- We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ by faith are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God.
- We believe that the Lord’s Supper and water baptism are ordinances to be observed by the Church during this present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.
- We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the head.
- We believe that only those who are thus members of the true and invisible Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and that every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs.
- We believe in the personal, pre-millennial, and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this blessed hope has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
- We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead — the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.
Dr. Bryan Hurlbutt
After years of preparation and seeking the Lord’s direction, Bryan moved to Utah in 2004 for the sole purpose of founding Lifeline Community. Born and raised in upstate New York, Bryan received his bachelor’s degree in religious education from Davis College in Johnson City, New York, and his master’s degree in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. His doctorate of ministry from Talbot School of Theology focused on how worldview, philosophy, and culture relate to the local church, which culminated in the release of his first book, Tasty Jesus: Liberating Christ from the Power of our Predilections, published by Wipf and Stock. A true scholar and pastor at heart, Bryan longs to merge the life of the mind with life in the Spirit. His primary passion in ministry is discipleship, as evidenced by the various ministries at Lifeline, with the intended result that Lifeline be the kind of church that no one ever outgrows. Bryan is married to Jennifer and they have three daughters. He is an avid runner, a devout Syracuse Orange fan, and his favorite hobby is discussing world views and theology at ANY time in ANY place.
Although Michael’ s educational pursuits resulted in degrees in speech and communication, the Lord placed him in church and missions administration, leading him from Chicago to Utah in 2001. In one way or another, Michael has been involved in full-time ministry for his entire adulthood. Add to that the fact that he’s a PK (pastor's kid), and one could say that it’s basically been his life. After many years in many churches, Michael believes that Utah is the greatest mission field in America and that Lifeline is most strategically and theologically equipped to make an impact, and he is honored and humbled to play a role in such a powerful ministry. He wakes up every morning astounded that he gets to be married to his wife, Victoria, and a father to their two sons. His personal interests include tennis, running, nature, travel, the arts, and anything to do with his family. Yet his greatest hobby by far is FOOD, which explains the importance of running.
Rob graduated from the University of Utah in 1992, married in 1993, attended seminary in 1994, and began a construction business in 1996 while training for pastoral ministry under the guidance of North Hills Community Church in Greenville, South Carolina. Needless to say, he doesn’t waste time. Rob has a pastor’s heart that longs for people to absorb the Gospel into every area of life, as displayed in numerous capacities such as children’s ministry, small groups, and new visitor integration. Rob and his wife, Melissa, have five children, and they can muster up a mean southern barbecue. He enjoys hunting and fishing in the great outdoors of Utah, and has also been known to build a thing or two.
Pastor of worship and media
Also born and raised in upstate New York, Brad served as a youth and worship pastor at three other churches prior to joining the team at Lifeline. He received his bachelor’s degree from Davis College in Johnson City, New York (where he met a guy named Bryan Hurlbutt) and completed his master’s degree in religion at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Growing up in a small country church, Brad’s relationship with Christ was initially fostered by his parents as well as his faithful pastor who heavily invested into the lives of the teens at church. Brad firmly believes it was this foundation that has helped him grow into the pastor he is today. Brad and his wife, Rachel, have three sons.
Pastor of Student Ministries
Stephen was involved in student ministry on a variety of levels for several years prior to joining the Lifeline staff in January 2015. His primary ministry goal is that all students might grow in biblical literacy, biblical theology, biblical outreach, and biblical community. He seeks to accomplish this goal through weekly meetings, special events, service opportunities, and gender-based discipleship groups. Stephen has a bachelor’s degree in history from University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s degree in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, but he believes that the best education is from the Lord and His people. Stephen is married to Michelle and they have three daughters. He enjoys any opportunity to share the Good News of Christ whenever possible, and he’s thrilled to have the opportunity to serve at Lifeline.
DIRECTOR OF COUNSELING
Crystal was born and raised in southern California, later moving to Seattle where she met her husband and received her bachelor’s degree from Northwest University. They enjoyed their first three years of marriage and had their first child shortly before God relocated them to Utah and brought them to Lifeline. She began training as a biblical counselor at Lifeline Christian Counseling Center, completing her practicum and internship at the center, while finishing her master’s degree in professional counseling at Liberty University. She firmly believes her role is not just a vocation but a calling, helping people understand the root of their problems while taking a back seat to how God powerfully works in their lives. Crystal enjoys singing, running, cooking, traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband, Jonathan, and their two children.
DIRECTOR of LIFELINE FOUNDATIONS PRESCHOOL
Our only native Utahn on staff at Lifeline, Kim has lived in Utah all her life. She became inspired to teach preschool after recognizing the impact it had on her own children, and she has now been teaching preschool children since 1999. Throughout that time she has impacted hundreds of children and families in the West Jordan area and gained friendships that will last a lifetime. She has a no-nonsense approach coupled with immense enthusiasm and creativity, and her students adore her. Kim and her husband, Jeff, have three adult children and they enjoy hiking, camping, and spending time together as a family.
Tammy was a pastor’s kid raised in southern California and lived there for 45 years before moving to Utah. She has been married to her best friend, Bill, for many blessed years and they have three grown children and eight grandchildren whom they love dearly. Her passion for children comes from her parents, and you will often find her volunteering in children’s ministry, having done so since she was 12 years old. In addition to her heart for ministry, the Lord has also equipped her with many administrative skills. With a smile and a helpful attitude, Tammy is always ready to answer your questions or walk you through a problem. She also enjoys crocheting, reading, and playing Plants vs. Zombies on her tablet.