Our Story


Valley Real Life (VRL) is an independent, non-denominational church that was founded in 2003. It was formed as a church plant from Real Life Ministries (RLM) in Post Falls, Idaho. On September 7, 2003, a group of 125 families who attended RLM but lived in the Spokane Valley began holding weekly services in Central Valley High School. For the next five years Valley Real Life was a mobile church, setting up and tearing down for church services each Sunday.

As the church grew, the mobile model of church became increasingly difficult. So on April 26, 2006 the church purchased a 48-acre plot of ground in the Saltese Flats, desiring to build a facility that could be the home of Valley Real Life for years to come. A little over a year later, construction began on a permanent facility, and on September 14, 2008 the first services at 1831 South Barker Road were held.

At the moment, we are more determined than ever to be the church God has designed us to be. We have no idea what God has in store for us in the future, but we are in awe of what He has done for us so far!


  • January 2003 - RLM begins prayer and planning for new church plant in Spokane Valley - Valley Real Life
  • September 7, 2003 - VRL has first Sunday service at Central Valley High School led by Senior Pastor, Matt King
  • April 26, 2006 - VRL purchases 48-acre plot of land in Saltese Flats
  • June 17, 2007 - VRL moves Sunday services to University High School
  • October 2007 - Groundbreaking and construction begins
  • September 14, 2008 – VRL has first Sunday service in new building
  • July 1, 2010 - Nathan Rector begins as VRL’s new Senior Pastor
  • April 12, 2012 - Thursday night service begins
  • March 2014 - Fuze Middle School Ministry begins
  • May 2014 - Over $1 million towards debt is paid off
  • July 20, 2015 - Dan Shields begins as VRL’s new Lead Pastor
  • August 2015 - Shop is added to accommodate storage needs and space
  • September 2016 - Additional children’s wing as well as 100 additional parking spots added
  • October 2018 - Launched our second campus in Otis Orchards
  • December 2018 - Reached a goal of paying down $1 Million in debt in one year through Waymaker
  • February 2020 - Launched our Freeman campus
  • March 2020 - Launched our Online Campus