Dan Smith

Lead Pastor

Pastor Dan Smith dreamed of planting a church with a simple goal—rallying people to a life-giving relationship with Jesus. With the help of a Dream Team of 56 passionate, servant-hearted people we set out to launch New Life Church in the heart of Kalamazoo on Western Michigan University’s campus. New Life Church began on September 25, 2016, meeting in the Fetzer Center with 252 people in attendance.

From the beginning, New Life Church has been focused on reaching out to the non-churched community by building relationships. Through small groups and the life-giving message of the Gospel, the passion, energy, and joy of Sunday services New Life Church hopes to be full of “bet the farm” risk takers, working for the sake of our great city, state, and nation. We are not waiting on a move of God—we are a move of God.

Our hope is that thousands of people attend the weekend worship experiences and small groups in multiple campuses all over the state of Michigan and beyond. We invite you to see for yourself how exciting church can be when the focus is simple and people are free to go after God with passion!

Kelsey Smith

Worship Director

Molly Chipouras

Director of Finances/HR

Jessica Simms

New Life Kids


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


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

Strategic Partnerships

Church Partnerships