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Pastors Gary and Drenda Keesee

Every day, we hear incredible stories from people whose lives have been radically changed by the sharing of the Gospel and the teaching and mentorship they’ve received through Faith Life Church.

God has been faithful, and we celebrate all He has done and all we’ve accomplished together.

Now, we believe it’s time for our Faith Life Church family to go to the next level—to rally around a fresh, bold vision, experience even more personal spiritual growth, and work together to have an even greater and lasting impact on our community and 
future generations.

Together, we can do this.

Together, we can build a greater place that will allow us to expand our reach into the cities that surround us, into our nation, and into this hurting and broken world; a place where we come alongside one another to worship and serve, to learn more about the principles of the Kingdom, to discover our God-designed destinies, and to do life; a place where we’ll continue to witness the incredible way that God transforms lives time and time again; a place where we’ll continue to experience love, experience community, and experience the good life and where we’ll help others enjoy the same.

We’re so excited to do this with you!

It’s been an amazing 20 plus years of ministry, but we’re just getting started! Thank you for saying yes and joining us on this great journey! The best is yet to come as we go further together.

– Pastors Gary and Drenda Keesee

Our Journey

Pastor Gary Keesee received a call to preach at the age of 18 when he received a vision from God.

In that vision, he saw himself preaching to people sitting in folding chairs. Following the call on his life, Gary sought training at Oral Roberts University where he met Drenda, and after their marriage started a financial ministry. Based on the overwhelming success of that ministry, Gary and Drenda thought they had fulfilled their calling.

However, in 1994, during a Benny Hinn crusade, the Holy Spirit began to speak to Gary regarding his calling to pastor. God kept bringing to remembrance the scripture, "My people are like sheep without a shepherd."

"But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd." (Mt. 9:36 KJV)

Accepting that God had more for him, Pastor Gary sought council from Pastor David Emigh, and was ordained to minister on Spetember 22, 1995. Early church meetings took place at WCVO Radio Station in New Albany. As church attendance began to grow, Pastors Gary and Drenda were provided the opportunity to minister through various radio programs. What started as a small gathering of 20 people soon turned into a gathering of 135 people.

In 1998, Pastors Gary and Drenda, along with many of the initial church members, renovated an old furniture warehouse located on Old Dublin-Granville Road in New Albany, and relocated the church there. That facility accommodated up to 300 people.

Expecting growth, the church purchased 23 acres on Beech Road in Johnstown in 1997. Faith Life Church broke ground in 2007 and moved in "The Now Center" in late 2008.


Pastor Gary


Pastor Drenda


Pastor Tim


Build Phase Two of Faith Life Church

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In 2016 alone, we saw more than 1,145 people give their lives to Christ during Faith Life Church services and events, and we’ve heard countless stories from people whose financial situations, marriages, families, and health have been dramatically changed by God and by the teaching, encouragement, and support they receive as a part of our church family.

Together, we know we can do more. Buildings are tools for ministry—for building people—and we need to expand ours, both to better provide for and equip our ever-growing Faith Life Church family and to make room for more men, women, and children to come and learn about the goodness of God, His Kingdom, and the principles that can truly change their lives.

Create a Premium Children's Experience

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With more than 90 percent of people accepting Christ before they’re 18 years old, NOW is the time to reach, engage, and disciple as many children and young people as possible.

There’s no time like the present to take everything we already know about creating an amazing children’s experience and take it the next level, continuing to guide every child who attends Faith Life Church in having their own relationships with God and experiencing His faithfulness for themselves.

They are the next generation of leaders in our families, our churches, our communities, our nation, and our world. We must show them faith by example.

Reach More Through the Provision Center

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Food pantry; baby closet; classes, programs and events; counseling; clinics; car repair center for single mothers...

Our Faith Life Church family has so much vision for how we can use our multi-purpose facilities to reach the hurt, lost, lonely, addicted, abused, sick, and broken people of our local communities and help meet their physical and spiritual needs. Creating the space to do that is the first step to making the vision a reality, and one step closer to helping more people know God and find freedom.


We Show Faithfulness With What God Has Given Us

Presenting our gifts to God is an act of worship. We believe as Proverbs 3:9-10 states, "Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and you vats will brim over with new wine." We remember, everything we have comes from God! When we are obedient to God's Word there is a promise for us. And God keeps His promises!

Where we put our money we set our priorities. God calls us to sow into the Kingdom so that we see His principles work in our lives. Consider these points that speak to the spiritual side of giving.

Everything we have comes from God.

When we make plans to spend our money on lifestyles, it's important to understand that the money isn't ours; it's simply ours in the sense that we are responsible to manage it. Everything we have belongs to God.

Everyone is investing.

We invest our money daily into what matters to us. If we open up our checkbook, we can see what we love and worship. We have an opportunity to invest in the eternal rewards for God's Kingdom.

Jesus invites us to live in abundance.

In the Gospel of John, we are reminded that unlike a thief, the Lord does not come for selfish reasons. He comes so people may have life in Him that is meaningful, purposeful, joyful, and eternal. The word "abundant" means exceeding, very highly, beyond measure. Jesus promises us a life far better than we could ever imagine!

God wants to bless you so you can impact others.

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much. If you are faithful with God's assignment, you will qualify yourself for God's riches and be blessed.

How To Give

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By setting your Journey Destination Goal, you are stepping out in faith with your intention and desire to give over the next 36 months of The Journey.

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We’re thrilled to embark on the vision God has given our senior pastors, and incredibly honored to lead our Faith Life Church family on The Journey. We’ve seen tremendous things in the more than 14 years we’ve served in full-time ministry, but we’ve never been more excited about an opportunity than we are right now!

As a church, we’ve seen couples throw away divorce papers, addicts set free from drugs and alcohol, suicidal people given fresh hope, deaf people hear, poor and impoverished people lifted from despair to places of dignity and abundance, and even dead people raised.

Together, we’ve seen history changed through the stories of just one. And it’s only just the beginning. Are you ready? Let’s go!

Pastors Jason and Amy Freudiger

A journey always begins with saying “yes”—yes to those first 
steps and yes to knowing that you’ll grow and be changed along the way.

Sometimes we don’t even have the full picture of what we’re saying “yes” to. But, by faith, we jump out of the boat and into the waves anyway, trusting God to take us further than we can possibly imagine on our own. Because it’s where faith meets action that the impossible becomes possible.

At Faith Life Church, we’ve seen and experienced the impact of saying yes to God and jumping out into the deep. We know that when we say yes to His vision and plan, He can do incredible things through us. So, we’re beyond excited to take the first steps, together with you, on this new journey that we believe will greatly impact the communities around us and the generations to come.

Taste and see that God is good in this new exciting season!

Pastors Tim and Alecia Keesee

Our journey began at a harvest party and prayer service where Ron’s back was supernaturally healed. Now, two decades later, we have traveled many paths supporting the vision God gave to Pastors Gary and Drenda. We now have the opportunity for the church family to leave a legacy for the next generation, “The Journey” – going further together.

Let’s leave an inheritance to our children’s children. Proverbs 13:22

Pastors Ron & Cindy Farber

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