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.