Meet the Staff

We are one church in two amazing locations

Hartford, CT and Sarasota, FL


Bill LaMorey is our Senior Pastor. Click Hartford or Sarasota to jump to their staff listing.

Pastor Bill LaMorey, 180 Life Church in West Hartford, CT and Sarasota, FL

Bill LaMorey

Lead Pastor Hartford, Sarsota

Born in Norwich, CT, at age 9 Bill moved to South Florida where he lived for 25 years before sensing God calling him to return to his home state in 2005 to be a church planter and pastor. Prior to that, Bill worked as an operations manager before entering vocational ministry to serve as the Director of Calvary House at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, and after that as the Administrative Pastor at Calvary Fellowship (Miramar, FL). Bill is a graduate of the Calvary Chapel Bible Institute. Bill and his wife Rebecca have been married for 20 years and have three lovely daughters. His own wild story of redemption and grace has been a major catalyst for his passion to share Jesus with others. Bill is a lover of stories in many forms, humor and rock & roll.

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Hartford Church Staff

Chip Anthony

Operations and Youth Ministry

Born and raised in Connecticut, Chip attended college right down the road from 180 Life at CCSU. With a Bachelors Degree in Communication and a minor in Journalism, he had always been striving to find his “calling” in life. Enter 180 Life! Chip found the church in January 2006 and felt that it was a place he could truly feel God moving. He joined staff in June 2009. Some of his duties include service oversight/operations, membership, youth and special events Chip is married to the love of his life Amanda and they currently reside in Farmington, CT with their two sons Christian and Thomas.  In his spare time he serves as a Lieutenant with the Farmington Fire Department and plays slow pitch softball and old man Basketball as often as he can.

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Chip Anthony, 180 Life Church in West Hartford, CT
Nicholas Leadbeater, 180 Life Church in West Hartford, CT

Nicholas Leadbeater

West Hartford Campus Pastor

While now living in New England, Nicholas is a native of old England. His family is from Birmingham which is in the center of the UK. After working at a University in London for five years as a Chemistry Professor, he had the opportunity to move over the Atlantic to join the faculty at the University of Connecticut. Nicholas and his wife Susan, a Tennessee native, live in Southington with their numerous squirrels and chipmunks. They have been a part of the church since 2006. Nicholas is involved in a number of leadership roles, including being the Serving Director, coordinating the teams of people who serve on a Sunday morning. He was ordained in 2019, and often gets to put his teaching hat on; giving some Sunday morning messages.

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Crystal Hall

Communications Director

A Texan at heart, Crystal is excited to call the northeast home! She serves as the Communications Director for 180 Life Church. Prior to joining staff in 2016 she was a reporter for the local FOX station before she felt God calling her into ministry. In her spare time, you can find her curled up reading a good book, packing a picnic, dancing to the tune of good music or checking out a local coffee spot or vineyard. Crystal serves as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters and helps to oversee the Women’s Ministry. She is a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin (hook ’em!) with a degree in broadcast journalism. San Antonio will always hold a sweet spot in her heart. Say “hi” if you see her at church or around town!

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Crystal Hall, 180 Life Church in West Hartford, CT
Dave Swanson, 180 Life Church in West Hartford, CT

Dave Swanson

West Hartford Worship Director

Dave has led worship for the last 17 years as well as small group ministries, leadership development, discipleship and local outreach. His roles in local church have also included teaching, preaching, Pastoral care, and counseling. Currently, Dave serves as our Interim Worship Director but he keeps busy by working on his Master of Theology from Gordon Conwell and serving as Chaplain at The Master’s School. He met his wife, Elisabeth, 19 years ago and they have four children – Cash, Violet, Lydia and Annie. Music is David’s biggest passion and he runs a recording studio out of his home in Avon. A fun fact about David is that while he was playing in bands that traveled, he got to play 48 out of 50 states in the US as well as abroad in six different countries.

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Jennifer Byrne

Children’s Ministry Director

Jen joined the team as the Children’s Ministry Director in May 2022 but has been attending 180 Life Church since 2008. Originally from a small farm town in Illinois, Jen is passionate about serving the local community, hosting kids and families in her home and supporting moms and families in this parenting journey. Jen is excited to partner with families in this role. Jen has her Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University and spent 15 years in the health and fitness industry. She lives in West Hartford with her husband, Jeremy, and three young daughters, Johanna, Julianne and Jade (yes, all J’s!). Jen’s hobbies are exercising and volunteering with the Junior League of Hartford and Community Bible Study. She also loves the outdoors…running, hiking, skiing and her family also has a goal to visit all the 63 National Parks in the U.S. (so far they’ve been to 23 of them).

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180 Life Church in West Hartford, CT

Sarasota Church Staff

Jaleith Gary

Executive Assistant and Administrator

A New Yorker at heart, she serves as the Executive Assistant & Administrator at 180 Life Church. In her role, she also oversees our missions and outreach work and worship team management. Prior to joining staff in 2021, she was a development director at Urban Alliance in Connecticut where she built the fundraising and donor relations platform. Jaleith serves as the board chair for a local nonprofit, helps to run an apologetics group, mentors young women, and records original music. She is a graduate of Colgate University with a degree in music and an obsession with Colgate Tollhouse Pie. Fun fact: she’s one of the most outgoing introverted foodies you’ll ever meet, so definitely ask for recommendations for good eats!

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Jaleith Gary, 180 Life Church in and Sarasota, FL
Rebecca LaMorey, 180 Life Church in and Sarasota, FL

Rebecca LaMorey

Accounting and Special Projects

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University. After graduating, she worked in the accounting department of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale (a church of over 20,000 people) from 2000-2003 where she set up the accounting systems for the opening of Calvary Christian Academy, wrote the accounting department policy manual, and traveled as a liaison to other churches and Christian schools in need of accounting assistance. Since then, she has assisted numerous non-profits with their accounting needs. Currently, she provides the bookkeeping function for 180 Life Church and also assists in special projects, quality control, and systems review. Rebecca loves being a mom, organization, and DIY projects.

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Sarasota Worship Leader

Born and raised in Venice, FL, Carlos grew up in church serving on worship teams beginning at 10-years-old. With only 2 weeks of lessons, he became the church drummer when there was a need. Not only does he love playing instruments and singing, he enjoys studying music theory and learning the ins and outs of all things music. He received his Bachelor’s in Worship Ministries in April 2022 at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL. Soon after he joined the 180 Life Team! Through this role, he hopes to walk in his passion to teach others about the heart of worship and the power of music. Carlos has worked as a barista for many years and developed a love for coffee. On the weekends he enjoys trying out new coffee shops, longboarding, and going to the beach with friends.

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180 Life Church Staff