Where We Pray: Real Life Church puts its mission where its name is, joys & challenges of real life

FOREST PARK, Ohio - "We care about each other and our community, and have fun in the process. My family and I have been blessed immeasurably by being a part of Real Life." -- Kim Ventling, congregation member.

Real Life Church

Core Beliefs

"A Bible-believing, spirit-filled church that encourages members to seek God through worship, through the study of his word, and through prayer. We believe that we are the hands and feet of Jesus and that we, too, need to serve others just as Jesus did. We stress real worship, real relationships and real growth through service and study."

Real Life Church strives authentic in all it does, says Pastor Justin Swartwout. The church, which was founded in 2002, has carved out a distinct niche for itself.

“Real Life Church is unique because of the genuine love and acceptance of all who come through our doors. We are a diverse body of believers with one thing in common – our love for God and his people,” said Swartwout.

Weekly messages are aimed at practical and authentic issues facing Christians today.

"You will feel loved and welcomed if you decide to worship with us," said Swartwout, "while being challenged to grow further in your faith."

Congregant Kim Ventling (pictured below) echoes the pastor.

"Real Life Church is made up of real people of all age groups from various cultures, spiritual backgrounds and life experiences," Ventling said. "Our desire is to grow in Christ and serve him in such a way to be authentic examples of God's love to all those whose lives we touch." 


Real Life Church was established by Pastor Marty and Joyce Huff in Colerain Township. Backed by the Ohio Ministry Network, the Huffs grew the congregation at a few temporary locations, including the former movie theater on Colerain Avenue next to Northgate Mall.

A permanent church building was purchased in 2006. The current church building is on the grounds of the former Surf Cincinnati property in Forest Park. Since its doors first opened, Real Life Church has grown to become a diverse congregation serving 130 people. Pastor Justin Swartwout was appointed to head the church in 2014.

Pastor Justin Swartwout and his wife Bobbie Swartwout.


Real Life Church members enjoys promoting real worship, real relationships, and real growth through its programs.
Members pride themselves on engaging in meaningful worship and relevant teaching every Sunday. In addition, the promotes relationships through outreach events, including a grocery ministry and a Thanksgiving-Christmas outreach to the community.

The church hosts weekly Bible studies for men and women.It encourages growth of children through a Sunday school program for infants through eighth grade.

Services: 10 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Thursday Sunday School begins at 10 a.m. Sunday

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(Photos courtesy of Real Life Church)

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