Jason Julian was born in Knoxville TN. He went to college at the University of Tennessee where he played football and lettered 4 years. Jason moved to St. Louis in 1996 and got his Master’s Degree from Covenant Seminary. After years of struggle and searching, God led him to begin Urban K-Life in 2005. Jason is married to his wife Mary (18 yrs) and they have 3 children, Joshua (15), Isaiah (13), and Genesis (11).
Julius Sims was born and raised in McKenzie, Tennessee within a household whose parents were both teachers during and after segregation. After completing high school, a 4-yr athletic scholarship was received to attend Virginia State University. In January of 1979, he accepted employment as a teacher and sports coach within the School District of University City and retired from that position in 2010. Presently he serves serves as CEO of Stability Enterprises, LLC. He is the husband to Cathy Sims & the father of 2 sons. For over 26 years he has served as Sr. Pastor of the Word of Life Christian Church.
Immersion Year Intern
Bri’Anna Tolliver is an intern from the small city of Vidalia, Louisiana. She gave her life to Christ in 2016 and has been walking with him ever since. Her passion for urban ministry started as she served at Kids Across America over the past two summers. She had a desire to have longer lasting relationships with the kids she encountered and knew Urban KLIFE would be the perfect place for her. She enjoys nature, reading, writing and tacos.
James Leon Treadway
James L. Treadway is a relationship manager at Urban K LIFE known for his passion to impact his generation with godly principles and real-life testimonies. Treadway inspires the young people to live in purpose while helping mature their relationship with Jesus Christ. His mission is to empower, inspire and educate others to be who God created them to be. During his free time, he enjoys making music, playing sports and game nights with his family.
Immersion Year Intern
Tatyana Crowder is from Roanoke, Virginia where she is the youngest of 5 siblings. She is a graduate of Liberty University where she received two degrees while serving as a captain on the basketball team. She is excited about interning at K-Life this year for the opportunity to grow in her knowledge of God and in her love for His people. On the weekends, you can find her at your local ice cream parlor or reading a book.
Relationship Manager/ Admin
Elisa Doty has served as a relationship manager at Urban KLIFE and Sumner High School for the past 5 years. Before coming to work at Urban KLIFE she served as the community outreach advocate for a local non profit. She has lead mentoring & tutoring programs as well as church ministries. She has mentored hundreds of youth over the years and continues to walk alongside young womean. She is currently pursuing a certificate in Biblical Counseling and enjoys spending time supporting her students and doing projects around her home.
Immersion Year Intern
Denesha White was born and raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas (Woo- pig), in a large, loving family where Southern manners and hospitality were high priorities. The love modeled by her family developed within her a love for people and relationships. She is a graduate of Link Year, a 9 month Foundational Biblical Gap Year Program, and John Brown University, where she received her bachelors degree in Family and Human Services. During her time at Link year and John Brown University she learned to chase after and wrestle with Godthe Lord developed her heart to see people more authentically. She deeply loves Jesus, Beyonce, and the color orange.
Lianna Doty was raised in St. Louis, MO as the middle child of seven kids and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with two degrees while on the basketball team. Following university, she worked for Kids Across America, graduated Harvest School of Global Missions in Pemba, Mozambique and had the opportunity to be immersed in the international church in parts of Mozambique and Mexico. These experiences plus many more have grown her heartbeat for hope, reconciliation, and joy to be championed in inner city youth through the love of Jesus. Her desire is to encourage youth to know God and His good purposes for their lives through her passions for team sports, creative expression, and learning.