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 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, 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 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.

 

The congregation was about 400 people and 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 almost 50 years of growth, the church averages 7,000 attendees during three weekend services.

 

ResLife, as it is called by many, includes an array of ministries for children, youth, and adults. We also offer classes and groups. There are hundreds of team members who help Resurrection Life Church, a community of every color, position, or past, to welcome everyone and build 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.

Resurrection Life Church exists to develop committed followers of
Jesus Christ to reach the world. We do this through…

 

 

The practical, relevant WORD of God

Inspiring WORSHIP

Engaging CHILDREN/YOUTH

Community and world MISSIONS

 

 

The Four Pillars of Our Mission:

 

WORD

Pastor Duane teaches the Word of God in a practical, relevant, teaching style that is impacting lives all around the world. Pastor Duane’s effective teaching has made Resurrection Life Church known as a source for solid Biblical teaching that is easy to understand and practical for daily living. Listen in on a service.

 

WORSHIP

Simply put, worship is pleasing God. It’s what we were born to do. At ResLife we worship God both through our lives and when we come together each week. One way we do that is through music. With the power to affect young and old, music helps turn hearts toward God. ResLife is known for talented musicians and vocalists who lead us right into the presence of God.

 

CHILDREN & YOUTH

We’re training up the next generation. From six weeks old to college-age students, we have a place for every age. A place for them to find a personal connection with God and grow in that relationship.

 

MISSIONS

Reaching the world is the vision at Resurrection Life Church. Through community or world missions, ResLife provides opportunities for people to share the love of Christ in their city and beyond. Besides supporting missionaries through prayer and finances, ResLife sends multiple short-term mission teams to help share Christ around the world. From family events to concerts and neighborhood projects, we reach beyond our walls and live out the Gospel in the communities we call our own.

 

 

We Believe …

 

The Bible

We believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God, without error in the original languages.

 

The Trinity

We believe the one true God manifests Himself in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

The Deity of Jesus Christ

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His complete conquest over the powers of Satan, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His imminent return in like manner as He went away.

 

Salvation

We believe that the new birth is essential for the salvation, and that this salvation is wholly by grace through faith.

 

The Church

We believe the church consists of all those who truly believe in Jesus Christ and in His atoning death, and who trust in Him as their personal Lord and Savior.

 

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling born again Christians are enabled to live Godly lives.

 

The Baptism of The Holy Spirit

We believe in a second experience following the new birth, which is referred to as the baptism of the Holy Spirit, or the infilling of the Holy Spirit. This experience is not required for the new birth, but is pertinent to living a successful and impacting life in Christ. Matt. 3:11

 

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

We believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12 are available and operational in the body of Christ today.

 

Healing

We believe that redemption was provided for the spirit, soul, and body in the atonement of Jesus Christ. For the Healing Confessions click here.

 

Baptism and Holy Communion

We believe in the ordinance of Baptism in water (by immersion) in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, on the authority of Jesus’ name. We also believe in the ordinance of Holy Communion.

 

Heaven and Hell

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are lost unto eternal damnation; they that are saved unto eternal life.

 

Unity of Believers

We believe in the spiritual unity of all who believe in our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

If you have any questions about our beliefs, please contact us.
If you just received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, Pastor Duane wants to include
you in his prayers and send you a download of his book, Your New Life.

 

 

If you are unsure of your salvation, know this:

 

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”

 

You don’t have to wonder whether or not you’re right with God. You can know that you have eternal life! We invite you to pray this simple prayer from your heart:

 

Dear God, I believe that Jesus died on the Cross, that He shed His precious blood and paid for my sins. I receive Your forgiveness for all my sins. I believe that Jesus rose from the dead, victorious over death, sin, and the devil. I turn my back on my old ways, and I receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I’m not going to live to please myself any longer. I’m going to live for Him every day. Jesus, I am Yours, now and forever! Heavenly Father, thank You for hearing my prayer. My past is gone, my sins are forgiven, I am Your child, and part of your eternal kingdom – in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Click here to receive the Your New Life download and watch this short message from Pastor Duane.

 

Water baptism is a celebration of your decision to follow Jesus Christ and what He has done in changing your life. It’s an outward sign of an inward decision.

 

After you trust Jesus as your Savior, the Bible directs you to be baptized in water. This public proclamation of your identity as a follower of Jesus acts as a symbol of His powerful changes in your life. Scriptures say, “We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Romans 6:4)

 

If you have not been baptized since you believed, we invite you to do so at our next Celebration Baptism Service. We look forward to standing with you as you publicly declare your decision to follow Jesus!

 

The next baptism will take place on Sunday, October 8. Click here to register or pick up a packet at Guest Services.

 

Children age 12 and under who desire to be baptized are strongly encouraged to attend the Kids Baptism Class led by the RezKidz ministry.

Wednesday, September 20 | 6:30 pm | Chapel (Entrance N)