Pastor Dan & Kelsey Smith
Dan and Kelsey love people and the local church. They met in 2012 while Dan was an associate pastor and Kelsey was an intern worship leader. A missions trip to Uganda was all the needed to realize they wanted to date each other. They were married in December of 2013 in downtown Kalamazoo.
In early 2015, Dan had a vision to create a life-giving church. A place where kids, students, and families would not only want to call home, but where they will thrive. In 2015, Dan and Kelsey joined ARC (Association of Related Churches) and started New Life Church in the heart of Kalamazoo on WMU’s campus with 258 people the first Sunday. Dan is a graduate and former football player of The University of Texas Longhorns and Kelsey is a music performance graduate of Belmont University. They love to boast and argue over who had the better college town. Austin, TX or Nashville, TN. What do you think? They now live in Mattawan with their daughter Harper and look forward to Gracelynn making her appearance in the Fall 0f 2018.