Our Story

How it all started

Nestled in beautiful, wooded northern Michigan, West Branch is a thriving community of just over 2000 people on the I-75 corridor.   In January of 2002, Chad and Angie Deerman felt God calling them to come to West Branch to revitalize a little brown church with a handful of people, no children, but their own, and with very little resources.   With passionate hearts and deep compassion for people, they began an amazing journey.  17 years later, after pouring themselves relationally into the community, property purchases, three building programs, and multiple interior renovations, the impact on people lives can be seen and known everywhere in West Branch.  

FAC is the fastest growing church in the area, with four services offered three times on Sunday and a fourth on Wednesday. They have made room for the growth that now is 750-800 weekly.  

With vibrant God's centered children and student ministry in exclusively custom environments, they come and don't want to leave.   When you add God's continued touch, ministry for all ages that has been custom designed to meet the cultural needs of the community, and bundle it in a deeply relational and family-focused, community atmosphere,  you have a recipe for continued rapid growth and impact.  

Expanding the vision...

"Circles are better than rows."  That phrase has become a mantra of healthy growth as Faith Alive continues to grow.  Anyone can sit in a row in a service and receive for God, but it is in the small circle environments of small groups that the greatest discipleship occurs.   Among the many Key Result Goals Faith Alive is reaching toward,  Life Groups® are critical to both individual growth and the church growth as well.  It is so important to us that we are staffing for it. Everyone needs to be in a small group.  

Where we are headed...

Will we be adding and transforming facilities?  Absolutely!
Will we continue to expand the world missions giving and connection as a church?  Absolutely!
Will we continue to invest in our local community in care and impact?  Absolutely!
Will we continue to creatively expand our services and content for all ages to reach more people more effectively? Absolutely!
Will we continue to expand the quality and care provided to people when they are hurting through our True North Counseling, Coaching, and Mentoring Ministry?  Absolutely!
Will we continue to assess, evaluate, and develop ministry that is on the edge of what is needed to reach more people with the good news of Jesus Christ?  ABSOLUTELY!
Will we continue to present an uncompromising message of hope in Jesus for salvation and life transformation?  WITHOUT QUESTION!  
It is that transformation that only God can do that is at the center of all that moves us forward as we connect to people.  

Be a part of our story

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