Meet the Team

Svetlana Papazov-Richmond VA-Lead Pastor


Dr. Svetlana Papazov is a thought leader, Lead Pastor and church planter who started and led five for profit businesses, a church and a nonprofit. She has been featured in and written for well-known publications and magazines such as Barna: The State of Pastors, Influence magazine, Evangel, Enrichment Journal and more.

Churches and associations hire Dr. Svetlana for training in leadership, team development and community transformation. She coaches leaders and entrepreneurs to craft and deliver captivating talks. As a speaking coach and business consultant, she positions churches and businesses for maximum influence.

What excites Dr. Svetlana the most is unleashing human potential and having a front row seat in the development of influencers. That is why she has intentionally transitioned from a life of a business owner of multiple enterprises to a life of an equipper of leaders. In 2016, she founded Real Life Church and Real Life Center for Entrepreneurial and Leadership Excellence, a first of its kind model of church and business incubator that connects faith, leadership and entrepreneurship. She especially loves coaching women in co-creating beautiful futures with God.

Her new book Church for Monday (September 2019) talks about the Church that equips believers for work on Monday and fosters the creative streak placed in every one of us from God, practices corporate public faith by uniting worship on Sunday with the mission on Monday.

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Murray Davis-Real Life Church-Midlothian VA

MURRAY L. DAVIS, Spiritual Formation Pastor

 “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This old Chinese proverb sums up my passion and focus for the Ministry.  As a Spiritual Formation Pastor, my goal is not to just impart knowledge, but to also equip followers of Christ with the understanding necessary to apply God’s Word in their everyday living.  Though I enjoy research, my ultimate goal however is to discover its’ “practical” application.

My wife Myra and I have been active in Ministry for the past 23 years, which is around the time I entered the Pastoral Ministry. When it’s said that your wife is the “better-half”, wouldn’t you know it...THEY’RE RIGHT!!!!  I wouldn’t be where I am today without Jesus Christ and my loving wife of 34 years, Myra Davis.  Myra and I have two sons: Brian and Blair.

”Real Life Church” is the type of 21st Century ministry that effectively brings together the teaching of biblical principles along with real life (no pun intended) application.  “Real Life Church” bridges the gap between Sunday celebration and Monday living. Come, check us out. There will always be a place here for you.

An individual who obtains information and fails to apply it will become stagnant in their spiritual growth. My hope is to see that others grow spiritually and begin to apply their knowledge of Scripture for personal growth and to help others in their spiritual journey with Christ.

Lacey Self-Real Life Church-Church for Monday-Richmond VA

LACEY SELF, Children’s Ministry Pastor / Creative Director

Lacey Self graduated with magna cum laude in pursuit of her bachelor degree in church planting from SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary, where currently she is continuing with her Graduate degree in Bible and Theology.  Originally, she is from Rayville, Louisiana.

Lacey has been in ministry for four years and has worked primarily with kids and youth. She is passionate about equipping the next generation to discover God and discover themselves in view of who God created them to be.  

Michael Papazov-Church for Monday-Midlothian VA

MICHAEL PAPAZOV, Executive Pastor / Worship

 Michael is married to his sweetheart Svetlana, and is the dad to two great kids Gabriella and Bryan.

 Michael is the Worship Pastor at Real Life Church where he oversees the music ministry and he is involved with the overall strategic operations of the new Church. He is a worship pastor and licensed minister of the Assemblies of God.  He started learning to play guitar and piano at age ten, and his love for music, theology and faith in Christ quickly merged together.

 Michael’s heart is to connect people to Jesus Christ and help them develop a personal lifestyle of worship and become all God has made them to be. He loves incredible food, loves to laugh, loves to travel and loves connecting with people. He is excited to be a part of the Team and the Real Life Church family.

 Michael received his Bachelor degree from SAGU in Waxahachie, TX, and his M.B.A. from Texas A&M University. In his professional career, Michael has diversified experience in project management, finance