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 (October 2023):

Greetings from Iowa!

We have a few great opportunities the Lord has put before us and we need you to pray we will steward them well.

October Prayer Emphasis:

(1) Praise the Lord for the three people who will be joining our church at the next members' meeting.

(2) Praise the Lord for four people who are interested in membership and will be attending our informational class on October 21st. Also pray it would become clear to them and us if we are a good fit for one another.

(3) Pray for me as I work to update our youth ministry. The individual who was leading this ministry has stepped down to pursue other ministry. So, I'm using this transition time to make a few adjustments. Pray I will have clarity and folks in our church will step up to help proclaim God's word into the lives of our teenagers.

(4) Ask the Lord to give our elders wisdom as we continue to discuss our future meeting place. We are at 80% capacity in our current location and our landlord is not willing to allow us to use other space in the building. So within the next couple of years we will need to find a new meeting space.

Thank you for all your support. I'm thankful to know we are not alone here in Ankeny!

In Christ,

Seth Channell

Lead Pastor

Grace Life Church