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!