Our Pastor

Pastors Rick & Diane have served the Lord and His church in the full-time ministry for over 17 years—four years as worship and youth pastor for Resurrection Life Church Mid Michigan and thirteen years as the Senior Pastor for New Life Christian Church in West Branch, Michigan.

Pastor Rick returned to Resurrection Life Church Mid Michigan as Senior Pastor in July 2012. Pastor Rick is gifted as a teacher. He is a disciple and student of God and His Word. His preaching style brings humor and laughter to almost every subject because of his uncanny way of seeing the things of God through very human eyes.  He is a psalmist and a minstrel whose purpose musically is to find the secret, intimate places with God. Pastor Rick considers God to be everything; all in all.

Your life will be inspired. Your love for God will be lifted. Your care and concern for the House of God and His leaders will be stirred up. Your heart, soul and mind will be renewed, revived and re-energized.

Pastor Rick & Diane have been married for nearly 30 years. They have two beautiful daughters and six grandchildren. 

Statement Of Faith

  • GOD (The Trinity)
    • The Lord, He is God in Heaven above and upon the earth beneath: there is none else. (Deuteronomy 4:39)

    • Our God is triune in personality (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), yet one God. (Matthew 3:16-17, 1 John 5:7, Matthew 28:19-20)

    • The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. (Deuteronomy 6:4-6)

    • We shall not go after other gods. (Deuteronomy 6:14)
  • Jesus The Christ
    • We believe that our Lord was conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary. (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-23)
    • Jesus is the Word and He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:1-3)
    • Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, that by Him all things were created that are in Heaven and that are on the earth, and that all things were created by Him and for Him. (Colossians 1:15-16)
    • Jesus is before all things, and by Him all things consist. That He is the Head of the Body, the Church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (Colossians 1:17-18)
    • God has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and of things on earth, and of things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)
    • Christ is the Head of the Church, and all attention and glory are directed to Him alone. It is Christ whom we preach, praise, worship, and serve. (Ephesians 1:22, John 12:32)

    • Jesus Himself has given apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers for the perfecting of the saints and the work of the ministry. (Ephesians 4:11-12)
    • Christ is the risen savior. Jesus arose from the dead, ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. (Romans 8:31-35, Acts 1:8-11)
    • Jesus is the only way to heaven. All must be “born again” to enter the kingdom of God, to obtain His blessings, to have peace with God, and to meet Him in the air as His bride, without spot or blemish. (Acts 4:12, Romans 10:9, John 3:3)
  • Holy Spirit
    • The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and that He was an agent of creation—“And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2)
    • The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, He will guide us into all truth, and He will tell us of things to come. (John 16:13)
    • The baptism of the Holy Spirit is for every believer and that speaking in tongues is a gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:5, 2:4, 2:38)
    • The manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all. That the gifts of the Spirit are the word of wisdom, word of knowledge, discerning of spirits, faith, gifts of healings, working of miracles, prophecy, tongues, and interpretation of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)
    • The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. (Galatians 5:22-23)
    • We should live in the Spirit and also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:16, 25)
  • Creation
    • God is the Creator of all things. (Genesis 1 and 2)
    • In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
    • My help comes from the Lord, which made Heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:2)
    • Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made Heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:8)
  • Man
    • God created man in His own image, after His own likeness, and that He gave man dominion over the earth. (Genesis 1:26-27)
    • That we are to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)
    • All believers have power over all the power of the enemy, and they are to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils, and preach the good news. (Luke 10:19, Matthew 10:7-8)
    • Man, by voluntary transgression, fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death. (Romans 5:12-19)
    • All will be judged: the saints for their works, the sinners to condemnation, and satan and all his demons to the lake of fire. (Revelation 20)
    • As many as receive Jesus and believe in His name, to them He gives the right to become the children of God. (John 1:12)
    • Those who confess with their mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in their heart that God has raised Him from the dead, they shall be saved. (Romans 10:8-10)
  • Faith
    • The just shall live by faith. (Hebrews 10:38)
    • Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
    • Without faith it is impossible to please God; For he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
    • Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17)
    • Faith is exercised by believing in the heart, confessing what one believes from the Word of God, and being a doer of the Word and not a hearer only. (Mark 11:23, James 1:22, James 2:18)
    • Through faith we have access to all the grace of God—salvation, forgiveness, deliverance, baptism in the Holy Spirit, knowledge of His Word, answered prayer, and a personal relationship as a child of God. (Romans 5:2, Matthew 9:29)
  • Word of God
    • Man should live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. (Deuteronomy 8:3)
    • We should meditate in the Word day and night and observe to do what it says. (Joshua 1:8)
    • All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)
    • The Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
    • The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. (Ephesians 6:17)
    • We are to be doers of the Word, and not hearers only. (James 1:22)
  • Prosperity
    • We should remember the Lord our God, for it is He who gives us the power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant. (Deuteronomy 8:18)
    • God wants believers to prosper in all things and be in health. (3 John 2)
    • Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
    • The Lord takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servants. (Psalm 35:27)
    • God wants all believers to be healthy and prosperous, and through Him we live under a more efficient economic system with God as our source and supply. (Matthew 6:31-33, 2 Corinthians 8:9)
    • That God is able to make all grace abound toward us; that we, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)
    • God shall supply our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
    • The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction and not be visited with evil. (Proverbs 19:23)
    • There is no want or lack to those who fear God. (Psalm 34:9-10)
  • Fellow Believers
    • As we have opportunity we should do good to all, but especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10)
    • We should minister to and help those of our own company. (Acts 4:23-24)
    • We should take care of those of our own company—who are of like precious faith. (2 Peter 1:1-4)
    • Leadership should be chosen from those of your own company. (Acts 15:22, 25)
    • We should seek out from among us those who are of good reputation to appoint over ministry business. (Acts 6:3)
  • The Sacraments and Ordinances
    • The cardinal doctrines of Christ are repentance, faith toward God, baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. (Hebrews 6:1-2)

    There are ordinances by which one can demonstrate and express their faith:

    • Holy Communion (Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 11:24-27)
    • Baptisms (Acts 1:8, Acts 2:38, 1 Corinthians 12:13)

    There are sacraments we hold sacred and live by with deep conviction:

    • Anointing of the Sick (James 5:14-15)
    • Holy Matrimony Between a Man and a Woman (Matthew 19:5-6, Hebrews 13:4, Ephesians 5:31
    • Child Dedication (Deuteronomy 6:4-7, Luke 2:22)
    • Ordination of Ministers (Acts 13:1-4, 1 Timothy 2:7, Exodus 28:41)
  • The Institution of the Home
    • Life begins in the womb. (Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139:13, 16)
    • Marriage is between a man and a woman only. (Genesis 2:18-25, Proverbs 5:18-19, 1 Corinthians 7:1-16)

    God Himself created and instituted marriage as the holy union between one man and one woman, according to the Holy Scriptures. No other form of union or marriage is acceptable in the eyes of God or by this Corporation/Church.

    “But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. For this a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate” (Mark 20:6-9).

    • Children are a heritage from the Lord and are to be brought up scripturally. (Psalm 127:3, Proverbs 22:6)
    • The husband is the head of the home, and he must give an account to Christ. (Ephesians 5:22-23, Colossians 3:18-19)
  • Eternal Judgment
    • All will be judged: the saints for their works, the sinners to damnation, and satan and all his demons to the lake of fire. (1 Corinthians 3:13-15, Revelation 20)

    The Lord's Second Coming

    • The Lord’s second coming is a distinct, separate event from the rapture of the Church. It is the personal, imminent return of Christ at the end of the seven-year tribulation, when He will personally and visibly return, with His saints. (Revelation 19:11-16, Revelation 1:7, Matthew 24:30, Zechariah 14:4-6, 1 Thessalonians 1:10, Titus 2:13)

    The Millennial Reign

    • A thousand years on earth, during which satan will be bound, and the Lord will have things the way He always intended for His kingdom and His saints. (Revelation 20:1-6)
  • The House of God
    • We ought to conduct ourselves properly on church property and in the church facilities. (I Timothy 3:14-15)
    • We should fear God and when we go to the house of God we should conduct ourselves prudently with wisdom, honor, respect, and discretion. (Ecclesiastes 5:1)
    • When we conduct ourselves properly before God the church will multiply. (Acts 9:31)
    • People should not be allowed to do things in the house of God that are not in accordance with the Holy Bible. (Matthew 21:12-13)

    All properties (land, building, assets, goods, resources, etc.) of this ecclesiastical Corporation will be used in compliance to Corporation’s Bylaws and will not be permitted to be used in violation of the Corporation’s religious beliefs as duly set forth in the Corporation’s governing documents, policies, and the Holy Scriptures. The Board of Directors shall be the express and final authority, and shall make the final decision with respect to usage of ministry property.

Vision

  • Vision Introduction

    Habakkuk 1:5 (NKJV) “For I will work a work in your days, which you will not believe, though it be told you.”

    Habakkuk 2:1-3 (NKJV) “I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me … Then the Lord answered me and said, ‘Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come…”

    Introduction:

    As a church we must be directed by a God-given vision, not the status or circumstance of a day or time. Circumstances of a time may dictate certain methods of operation, but they must never dictate the ultimate purpose and visionary goal.

    God ordained RLCMM for a specific purpose. This purpose was in His mind when He birthed the work. It is the Senior Pastor’s responsible to tap into the mind of God in order to know His ordained purpose for RLCMM. Every pastor in this churches history will make his mark leaving his thumbprint and DNA in it's operations. However, the divine purpose remains for an appointed time. Though it tarries, it will surely come.

    The intent of the renewed vision is to get us back on course to our original design and intent while updating and/or altering some of our methods of operation. Although methods may change, the purpose remains the same.
  • Vision Statement

    Our Thumbprint Statement: “Live the life you were born to live!”

    Our Vision Statement: “Resurrection Life Church exists to help people live the life they were born to live through inspiration, training, equipping, and providing opportunities to fulfill their God-given destiny.”

    As a dynamic church proclaiming the Word of God, making Disciples of Christ by:

    • Making prayer a normal part of Christian life (Luke 19:46)
    • Worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:24).
    • Providing children's & youth ministries (Acts 2:17).
    • Encouraging spiritual maturity (Rom. 12:1-2; 14:19).
    • Equipping people for the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:11-12).
    • Being "missions minded" (Acts 1:8).

    Five- Part Ministry Focus
    • Prayer
    • Preaching
    • Praise & Worship
    • Youth
    • Children
  • Prayer

    Prayer is centric to the relationship between God and man. Martin Luther said, “If I should neglect prayer but a single day, I should lose a great deal of the fire of faith.” Prayer is not only necessary for the survival of individual believers, it is essential for the church as well. Prayer is the heartbeat that keeps the blood flowing through the church system.

    Luke 19:46 (NKJV) “…it is written, My house is a house of prayer.”

    Isaiah 56:7 (NKJV) “Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices Will be accepted on My altar; For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”

    II Chronicles 7:14-16 (NKJV) “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.”
  • Praise and Worship

    The purpose for the creation of mankind is to worship God. It is the key catalyst for man and God making a tangible and lasting connection. Our Worship Ministry is packaged in our music and creative arts. They are existent to help people have a God encounter and a heavenly experience. Our Worship Ministry must be at the highest level of professionalism and talent. Our music needs to be Bible based with songs that lead people to the Cross of Calvary.

    II Chronicles 20:21-22 (NKJV) “And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, For His mercy endures forever.” Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.”

    Psalms 33:3 (NKJV) “Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.”

    Ephesians 5:19 (NKJV) “…speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”

    Colossians 3:16 (NKJV) “Let the word of Christ dwell in your richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
  • Preaching

    The assembly of believers together is the primary place for the impartation of the Word of God through the preaching ministry. Our preaching must be uncompromising, life enhancing and life-changing. It must be of the highest caliber, saturated with the anointing of God.

    Luke 3:18 (NKJV) “…and with many other exhortations, He (Jesus) preached to the people.”

    Mark 13:10 (NKJV) “…and the Gospel must first be preached to all nations.”

    Mark 3:14 (NKJV) “The He (Jesus) appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach.

    Romans 10:13-17 (NKJV) “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!’ But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed our report?’ So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
  • Youth

    This particular area of ministry as well as children is foundational to the purpose of the existing facilities of RLCMM. God ordained this church to be a fountainhead for youth ministry. We must have the most dynamic and powerful youth and young adult ministry in the region; reaching out to Junior High, Senior High, and College/Career aged people.

    Joel 2:28 (NKJV) “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.”

    Luke 2:24a & 52 (NKJV) [24a]“And when He (Jesus) was twelve years old (6th or 7th grade – Junior High) [52] And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”

    I Samuel 17:12-51 (NKJV) The teenager David and the giant Goliath

    Jeremiah 1:4-9 (NKJV) God calling Jeremiah while he was but a youth

    I Timothy 4:12 (NKJV) “Let not one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith and in purity.”
  • Children

    It is more than a cliché to say that Jesus loves the little children. They were in many ways centric to His impartation of Kingdom values. We must have a Children’s Ministry that is remarkable and noteworthy. Our Children’s Ministry must make Jesus the focus and at the same time make RLCMM the “Want-To-Be-At” place for families.

    Matthew 19:13-15 (NKJV) “Then the little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven. And He laid His hands on them…”

    Matthew 18:3 (NKJV) “…assuredly I (Jesus) say to you, unless you are converted and become little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”

    Luke 9:47-48 (NKJV) “Jesus took a little child and set him by Him, and said, ‘…whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me.’”