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.
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…”
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.
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
- Praise & Worship
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.”
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.”
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)  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.”
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.’”