Our Story


Our Story

It was November 5, 1967 when Pastor James E. Bugg, along with 34 others, met in a conference room of the By-Pass Motel in Grandville (just outside Grand Rapids, MI) and held the first service of what would become Resurrection Life Church. This fledgling congregation, then called the People's Church, started as a place to connect and grow with fellow believers who found the Holy Spirit to be a reality in their lives, and to encourage others in this same relationship with Christ.

After moving into a small chapel at 2687 Ivanrest Ave in 1968 (still just outside the Grand Rapids), the growing church continued to see families develop in their relationships with Christ. By 1975 the congregation was bursting at the seams of the chapel and construction began on a new building near 44th and Canal. In the new location, the congregation continued to grow.

In 1984 Pastor Bugg turned the reigns of the church over to Pastor Duane Vander Klok who had recently returned from serving on the mission field in Mexico.

In 1984 the congregation was about 400 people. In 1985 the church was re-named Resurrection Life Full Gospel Church with a focus on the Word, Worship, Children & Youth, and Missions.

By the 1990's the church was holding five services each Sunday to accommodate 1,500 people. On October 13, 1991, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in a field on the corner of Ivanrest and 52nd St in preparation for new facilities. At this site, Resurrection Life Church has continued to grow and expand as more families connect and grow in their personal relationship with Jesus. After more than 40 years of growth, the church averages 7,000 during four weekend services as one of the largest Grad Rapids area churches.

ResLife, located in the Grand Rapids area, includes an array of children's ministries, youth services, small groups, and hundreds of team members who help Resurrection Life Church a community of every color, position, or past that welcomes everyone and builds a common focus on developing and encouraging each other toward Christ. And under the leadership of Pastor Duane, the church has continued to grow and provide a place where the Word of God is preached and lives are changed.