meet the team


Charlie Pickett - Lead Pastor

Charlie has been the lead pastor at Real Life Church since November of 2012. He has been married to his wife, Nicki, since 2001 and they have three children: Jayden, Carson, and John Carter. Charlie has served in full time ministry since 1997. Prior to moving to Gainesville, he ministered in both Missouri and Louisiana. Charlie has a heart for the community of Gainesville. His desire is to see people discover a real and intimate relationship with Christ. One of his favorite things about being a pastor is building relationships with people. You will normally find him in the café each Sunday enjoying a cup of coffee and hanging out with people. Charlie is a Missouri native and has a love for sports. If you ever come into his office, you will see his teams - the Dallas Cowboys and the St. Louis Cardinals. He also enjoys coaching his boys in baseball and football. His bucket list includes watching the STL Cardinals play in every MLB stadium.


Nicki Pickett - Children's Minister

Nicki has been the Kid’s Pastor of Real Life Kids since 2012. Her background is in Education and she has taught both elementary and middle school for over 16 years. Nicki now serves as the director of our daycare and preschool, Angel Academy. Nicki desires to see kids fall in love with Jesus. Nicki is a southern girl from Louisiana who loves fried fish and her LSU Tigers. She loves to travel and hopes to one day visit the Bahamas. She stays quite busy keeping up with their three children who are involved in sports and school events.


Mike Burnett - Student Minister

Mike has been on staff at Real Life Church since 2016. He is married to his wife Kerrie and has three children: Taylor, Ethan, and Abrie. Mike has worked in ministry for over twenty years. He has a passion for reaching the students of today and helping them to grow in there knowledge and confidence in Christ. His hope is to see the students in the Gainesville area to have a real relationship with Jesus Christ and for them to have a desire to share that relationship with their families and friends. He is a Houston Texans fan and enjoys spending time with his wife and kids. Mike likes to play golf in his spare time even though he isn’t very good.


Bryan Smith - Associate Pastor

Bryan Smith joined the ministerial team on staff @ Real Life Church in July 2018. 

Pastor Bryan has served in ministry for over 25 years.  He has been married to his wife Glenda for 32 years, and loves his four children Deklon, Ginia, Hannah & Bryan jr dearly. His works of service have included pioneering a Chi Alpha Campus Ministry at Grambling State University in Louisiana & also pioneering & serving as a Lead Pastor for a local assembly in Louisiana as well.

With the heart of a servant Bryan truly enjoys serving the people of God.  He graciously & gratefully serves as Associate Pastor at Real Life Church.  He assist in fulfilling RLC vision in the ministry of helps, intercessory prayer & oversees RLC Recovery Ministry groups. 


Chris Stewart - Worship Leader

Chris has been a part of the RLC team since December 2017. He has been leading worship for 11 years, and brings over 20 years experience as a musician. Chris has a heart to lead people into the presence of God, and help prepare their hearts to receive the message God has given our pastor. Chris has been married to his wife, Shanda, since 2001 and they have four children, Traci, Raven, Devin, and Brylee.


Taylor Smith - Administrator

Taylor serves as the church administrator. Taylor is a Cooke County Native and recently moved back to her hometown of Valley View. Taylor has a Bachelor’s degree in social work and has a passion for serving others in need. Taylor coordinates the food pantry here at RLC as well as other behind the scenes work. Taylor stays busy at home with her two boys, Blake Jaxon and Mason Joe.