About our Pastors and Supporting Churches

Planting | Watering | Thriving

Pastor Christian

The senior Pastor of Christian Life Church

Pastor Christian Shields was saved at the age of 16, he was led to the Lord by pastor Matt Krachunis, who has since become one of Christian’s closest friends and mentors. Pastor Christian has been working in the ministry for 10 years, starting with volunteer work in youth ministry in 2004 at Faith and Victory Church in Auburn, WA. He later went on to work as a licensed minster in 2008 for Straightway ministries in Hendersonville, NC. In 2009 Christian was ordained by Pastor Jimmy Cox of the Open Door Christian Fellowship where he served as Associate Pastor and Treasurer. Pastor Christian also had the pleasure of administrating Aiglon Academy, a private high school for kids expelled from public school or involved with the juvenile delinquency system in North Carolina. Christian moved back to Washington to marry his now wife Amanda, where he served with International Christian Center under pastor Daniel Ong.

In 2013 Pastor Christian, along with his wife, moved to Singapore to work and train with Victory Family Centre, a large non-denominational Christian church, and Asian Theological Centre, an accredited international Christian university. Both Christian and Amanda trained and study for a year and upon completing the program were sent to Cedar Rapids with a team of missionaries to plant a new church.

Pastor Amanda

The worship pastor of Christian Life Church

Pastor Amanda has been a student of Christ and music since she was a young child. She has studied both voice and piano for most of her life, and in 2010 she graduated with her Bachelors of Arts degree in Music from Northwest University, having majored in voice. Her ability to write, preform, and worship led her to compose and record her first record, “Rain” under her maiden name Amanda DuFord. Rain was met with great praise from the local Seattle community and was even accepted by the popular internet radio app “Pandora” and can still be found there free of charge. Before being married Amanda stepped in as the worship leader for International Christian Center, were she continued to serve well after being married. In 2011 Pastor Amanda got married to Pastor Christian.

In 2013 Pastor Amanda, along with her husband, moved to Singapore to work and train with Victory Family Centre, a large non-denominational Christian church, and Asian Theological Centre, an Accredited international Christian university. Both Amanda and Christian trained and study intensively for a year and upon completing their program were sent to Cedar Rapids with a team of missionaries to plant a new church. While church planting the Shields family grew; Amanda and Christian were blessed to have two children, Ezra Charles and Hannah Sharon.

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Pastor Teresa

The missions Pastor of Christian Life Church

Pastor Teresa Davidson grew up in a Christian home and accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at a young age. She felt God first calling her into missions during a “Revival Week,” when Dr. and Mrs. Brown (missionaries to Africa) stayed with her family and spoke at her church. Life happens, and Teresa found herself hurt by the church – and living far from God.  During a painful time in her life she found that God had not forgotten her, had not left her side, He still wanted her as His own and was forgiving and redeeming. She then rededicated her life to God and to His calling on her life in missions. She began by going on a short-term mission trip to Argentina, where God confirmed His calling. She met and married Jay Davidson. Elder Jay and Pastor Teresa have six children Kylie, Heath, Jacob, Caleb, Samantha and Micaiah. God truly has blessed them with a large and beautiful family, and many of their children have served with them in missions. Three of their children have been baptized in Guatemala. Over the last 16 years, Teresa has participated in or led over 28 short-term mission trips in 16 countries. She was the Missions Director at Hillside Wesleyan Church and Antioch Christian Church prior to becoming ordained and serving as Missions Pastor at Christian Life Church.  In 2016, Teresa was re-baptized where Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River as a confirmation of His calling on her life to serve in missions. She also co-founded and is president of Chains Interrupted, a local 501(c) 3 that fights against Human Trafficking.

Elder Jay

Leading the church with Biblical wisdom

Elder Jay Davidson was born and raised in Cedar Rapids and brought up by amazing parents in a mainstream denominational church. He fell away from the church in his late teens. At 22 years old, Jay felt a pull to get back into church and started going to a Bible based Christian church. Soon after that, Jay truly accepted Christ as his personal Savior. He began serving the Lord and for several years he dedicated himself to honoring, serving, and growing in Christ. He met and married Teresa in 2000 and immediately adopted her passion for missions. Together they have 6 children- 3 sons, 3 daughters, 2 daughter in-laws, 2 sons in-laws and 1 granddaughter. Jay and Teresa have led dozens of teams consisting of hundreds of people on short term mission trips all around the world. Jay runs Davidson Homes, a new home construction company that was founded primarily to support missions and now supporting Chains Interrupted, a Cedar Rapids based 501c3 that Teresa founded and leads in the fight against human trafficking.

Jay has served in a variety of churches over the years, including serving on the church leadership board at Hillside Wesleyan Church. He currently serves on the school board at Cedar Valley Christian School in addition to serving as an elder at CLC.

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The Origin of Christian Life Church

Where did Christian Life Church come from? Why would we plant a new church in Cedar Rapids of all places?

Christian Life Church was planted as a missions church from a non-denominational, missions minded church in Singapore called Victory Family Centre. Victory Family Centre sends out three to six teams of missionaries every quarter to plant churches all over the world, and while their focus is mostly developing nations, they also desire to fulfill the call to “go out unto all the world”! America is definitely part of “all of the world”, so they asked pastor Christian and Amanda to lead a team of missionaries to start a church here.

The work that God is doing through Christian Life Church would not have happened without the faithfulness of Victory Family Centre, and the added support from Christian and Amanda’s home church International Christian Center in Seattle.

Victory Family Centre, Singapore

Victory Family Centre has been planting mission churches for decades and have nearly ten-thousand mission churches all over the World. They trained and sent Pastor Christian and Amanda, as well as their team of missionaries (Reen and Rachel) to plant Christian Life Church in Cedar Rapids.

Founded in Singapore by Pastor Rick Seaward in 1977, Victory Family Centre (Formally Calvary Charismatic Centre) has operated with a goal to send missionaries all over the world. The first mission team was formed soon after, in 1981, sent out to Bahru, Malaysia. Victory Family Centre has been planting mission churches ever since. Victory Family Centre’s God given vision is to: bring glory to God, minister holistically to the church members, and reach out to pre-believers in Singapore and the rest of the World.

Click here to visit VFC’s web page.

International Christian Center

International Christian Center is a church about loving God and loving people. Planted in Renton, Washington by Pastors Daniel and Connie Ong in 2009, ICC has since been striving to reach the people of Renton and its neighboring cities. Their mission is to bring people to know Christ, to grow in Christ, and to go tell others about Christ. To Know – To Grow – To Go.

International Christian Center helped raise up Pastor Amanda and Christian as leaders, and taught them how to minister together as a married couple. They send out and support missionaries all over the world as well, furthering the heart of missions in Pastor Christian and Amanda. They sent Amanda and Christian to Singapore with their full blessing, and continue to support them and Christian Life Church.

Click here to visit ICC’s web page.

Faith and Victory Church

When speaking of the origins of CLC it is impossible to leave out Faith and Victory Church in Auburn, Washington. FVC, founded and led by Pastors Matt and Crystal Krachunis, is where Pastor Christian was saved and discipled.  It is the place Pastor Christian found his calling to pastor, and it is through Pastor Matt and FVC that Pastor Christian and Amanda met.

Faith and Victory was founded in Kent, Washington, in June of 2003. Like CLC, FVC started as a small church plant, only eight people showing up to the first service! But through the faithful work of the Krachunis’ FVC grew in flourished. They now meet in Auburn, Washington, have 2 Sunday services, and offer livestreams and podcasts of services. If you find yourself in Auburn, WA, please visit our family at Faith and Victory Church!

Click here to visit FVC’s web page.