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We Are Life Model Works

We equip existing networks to create identity transformation into the likeness of Christ in Church culture.


Life Model Works is a nonprofit organization which has identified a set of 19 relational brain skills that are rapidly dropping outside of society. The lack of these skills is a major cause for all sorts of trauma and societal and relational chaos. Equally important, the lack of ability to live these loving character skills in relationships is a major contributor to the inability for churches to build better community and sustainable transformation, as well as leadership failures. Based on the peer-reviewed research of multiple respected neuroscientists, Life Model’s unique trait is the application of insights from the field of neuroscience to the task of living as Jesus taught.

Learn how the Life Model can transform you at work: from fear and avoidance to fearlessness and joy!

The LMW Team

PhD, Clinical Psychology, and M.A. Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

Dr. Jim Wilder has been training leaders and counselors for over 27 years on five continents. He is the author of multiple books with a strong focus on maturing and relationship skills for leaders. His coauthored book Living From the Heart Jesus Gave You has sold over 100,000 copies and is printed in eleven languages. Wilder has published numerous articles and developed four sets of video and relational leadership training called THRIVE.

He is the founder and chief neurotheologian of Life Model Works, a nonprofit working at the intersection of brain science and theology that is building contagiously healthy Christian communities through equipping existing networks with the skills to thrive. Dr. Wilder has extensive counseling experience and has served as a guest lecturer at Fuller Seminary, Biola, Talbot Seminary, Point Loma University, Montreat College, Tyndale Seminary and elsewhere.

MDiv, Southwestern Baptist Seminary, and Master of Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College

Rev. Ray Woolridge became the Executive Director of Life Model Works in 2020. He is thankful to partner with Life Model Works to come alongside existing networks to implement Life Model principles in their context. Living the Life Model is transforming how he lives, relates and works. Ray has been blessed by thirty-five years of marriage to his wife, Deborah.

Ray is a retired U.S. Army Brigadier General with forty-three years of military and civilian service with the Department of Defense. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, and the Army Airborne and Ranger Schools. His military career culminated as the Assistant Chief of Chaplains, advising the Army Chief of Chaplains and guiding fifteen hundred Army Reserve chaplains and chaplain assistants. Ray served two churches as a pastor. He was the founding pastor for a new congregation in Georgia, and adult ministries pastor for a church in Colorado. Ray is also a certified leadership and life coach.

Director of Relational Networks for Life Model Works

Michael Sullivant is a church planter, pastor, author, poet and speaker. He has ministered in over 25 countries through over 40 years of public ministry. Michael and his wife, Terri, have 5 adult and married children and a growing number of grandchildren. His latest book is Thinking Biblically About the Life Model. Terri, recently published her first book, The Divine Invitation – Entering the Dance of Becoming Fully Alive. 
Michael is involved with ministry and church leaders and change agents who are seeking to integrate more relational approaches to helping people in their groups mature and experience deeper and lasting identity transformation into the image of Jesus Christ.

MDiv, Denver Seminary; BS. University of Colorado, Boulder

Michel Hendricks is the Director of Life Model Consulting. Michel Hendricks has been a pastor, missionary, inventor and author. He has been a teacher and trainer for more than 25 years. He is the former pastor of spiritual formation at Flatirons Community Church near Boulder, CO. He has also served and trained in Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Kenya, South Sudan, and Uganda. He is the author of Basic Training for Walking with Jesus and co-author of The Other Half of Church. He works with churches and organizations to help bring maturity and the transformation of character back into the center of Christian practice.

Rebecca Caputo

Rebecca Caputo serves as our executive assistant.  She is dedicated to providing structure, project management and process improvement in our organization.  Rebecca has spent the last eight years discipling women on their emotional maturity and spiritual growth path.  She is deeply drawn towards seeing healing and identity transformation in folks and serving others utilizing Life Model principles to foster emotionally healthy community for women and to train others to do likewise.  Rebecca is trained in inner healing ministry and serves alongside her husband, Chris Caputo, as part of a relational wholeness team among an amazing group of diverse and gifted micro church leaders for a citywide missions equipping center in the Kansas City area.  

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