In 2002, Pastor Doug and his wife, Caryn, felt a call to start a church in the Rockford area. At the time they were serving at Resurrection Life Church in Grandville under the leadership of Pastor Duane VanderKlok. With Pastor Duane’s full blessing, the church plant began with 35 people at Pine Island Elementary School. The church outgrew several temporary facilities over the years as God blessed the work and added new members. In April 2005, the church moved to its current location on Ten Mile Road. A staff of six pastors, several staff members, and hundreds of volunteers now serve more than 2,000 people on a weekly basis.
Resurrection Life Church - Grandville is the mother church of Resurrection Life Church International which is now an association of about 60 churches. Resurrection Life has been in Grandville since 1967, when it was led by Pastor Jim Bugg and called “People's Church.” When Pastor Bugg retired, he felt led to hand the leadership of the church over to Pastor Duane, who had just returned from Mexico where he had been a missionary for several years. Pastor Duane felt led to pastor in West Michigan, and he knew that this was the church he was to pastor. Since Pastor Duane began pastoring the church in 1984, Resurrection Life has grown from several hundred to several thousand people under his leadership.