Pastor Seth Channell was raised in Newburg, Alabama and educated at The University of North Alabama, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He spent the first years of pastoral ministry serving three congregations in Northwest Alabama. In 2012 he became the Senior Pastor of Grace Life Church of Ankeny. Grace Life Church of Ankeny started in 2010 with four families and today is a growing congregation of 73 members with 88 children and a number of full-time attenders. Seth resides in Ankeny, Iowa with his wife, Debbie, and their five children.

Update from Pastor Seth Channell (June 2023):

Greetings from Iowa!

The month of May was a busy one for our church family. We had a members' meeting, parent commissioning, offered our membership class, and offered thanks for his work in the lives of our high school graduates.

At our members' meeting we welcomed two new members and had three folks attend our membership class.

June Prayer Emphasis:

(1) Praise God for the two new members and the three people interested in membership. Pray the Lord will give those who attended our membership class and our congregation discernment about their future relationship with GLC.

(2) Pray for wisdom as we begin the process of starting two new small groups this fall. We need to recruit a few other leaders to help start these new groups.

(3) Pray for wisdom as we continue thinking about our meeting location. This past Sunday we were over 90% capacity in the auditorium we rent from a local Christian school. We would like to move to their gym, but they are not open to this option. Pray for Perry as he builds a proposed contract to the school and pray the school would be open to our use of their gym.

(4) Pray for our elders as we seek to determine how to be more personally involved with AIT's mission work around the globe.

(5) Pray the Lord will give me wisdom in how to better mobilize our congregation to be more engaging with the gospel in our city.

(6) Praise God for the ongoing unity among our church leaders. There is truly no storm our church can't weather if our elders are of one mind.

Thanks for praying for our labors here in Ankeny.


In Christ,
Seth Channell
Lead Pastor

Grace Life Church