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.


Stephanie Adams

Stephanie Adams

First Impressions and Life Groups

Jessica Simms

Jessica Simms

NLC Kids Director

David Adams

David Adams

Operations Director

Kelsey Smith

Kelsey Smith

Worship Director

Molly Chipouras

Molly Chipouras

Accounting Director


We are guided by pastors, protected by trustees, and strengthened by overseers.


We are protected by Trustees. The Trustees are five to seven members of the congregation who oversee the finances and direct the provision of the facilities needed by the church. They provide counsel to the Lead Pastor and Senior Leadership team regarding the major financial commitments of the church. The Trustees serve as Non-staff Elders.

New Life Church’s Trustees are:

Tim DeVries

Dr. Mark Noffsinger

Todd Heeter

Greg Vandermeer



We are strengthened by Overseers. The Overseers are three to five pastors of nationally respected ministries who love New Life Church and are willing to provide spiritual protection to the church. They may be called in to help in accountability matters relating to the Lead Pastor if requested by the Pastors or Trustees. The Overseers serve as Apostolic Elders.

New Life Church’s Overseers are:

Pastor Mac Richard
Lake Hills Church, Texas

Pastor Chris McGregor
City Church, Montreal

Pastor Zak White
Revolution Church, Texas

Our Beliefs and Values

Our beliefs shape who we are and what we do. Our values clarify and sharpen our focus.

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