Introducing Christian Arndt

Our NEW Next Gen Pastor

The past few weeks have been unbelievable at Life Church: even though it’s July and people are away on vacation, our two campuses have been experiencing record summer crowds.

We looked back at the same Sundays last year and discovered we have RAPIDLY GROWN by 268% from this exact same time last year.  It’s a Reverse Summer Slump!  Only God could do such a thing and Jesus promised that HE would grow HIS church… the gates of hell have nothing on us!

We’ve had a blast kicking off our new Game of Thrones teaching series, announcing the new location of our growing Midland Campus, and last weekend sat in the middle of a miracle as NINE people responded to the gospel and began following Christ!

Life Church is one church in two locations: Saginaw and Midland.

Our Midland Campus is MOVING this September to Northwood University’s Griswold Center!

This state-of-the-art facility is located right in the heart of Midland (near Dow Gardens) with immediate visibility among twenty-something college students and young families.

Our new Midland Campus location will also allow us to offer our popular Life Kids environments that we currently offer at our Saginaw Campus. We’re bringing the BEST hour in your kids’ week to Midland!

As if all this wasn’t exciting enough, God did something very special behind the scenes:
A full year of our nationwide search involving sifting through hundreds of resumes and spending many hours on phone call interviews culminated last weekend in face-to-face meetings with a Next Generation Pastor candidate and his wife we flew up from the great nation of Texas.

Christian Arndt has a calling on his life to reach the lost at any cost!  Christian holds a BA in Biblical Studies and is halfway to receiving his Masters in Theology (Allison holds her BA in Early Childhood Education).

He has demonstrated to our team a strong biblical knowledge, the flexibility required for leading in a fast-growing church environment, and most importantly the steadfast integrity and character called for in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.

What most impressed me about Christian and his wife Allison is that they have not been hopping around from one ministry position to another.  They are not job opportunists, instead displaying a track-record of honor and integrity in serving within the Body of Christ.

Christian and Allison don’t see Life Church as a “stepping stone” in a career; they are coming here with a wisdom and maturity rare in their generation and hearts purely focused on Jesus and building His Kingdom.

Parents, I can tell you that this is a quality, godly couple.  We took our time in bringing them onto the team because we love our church deeply enough to perform due diligence.  We don’t just hire someone with a razzle-dazzle resume on paper; we perform extensive reference checks and verify (and double-verify) everything a pastoral candidate presents on paper.  You can trust Christian and Allison as strong, Christian role models for your middle school and high school students.

Christian Arndt will be preaching live at Life Church on Sunday, August 27th and will take the reigns of 707 beginning Wednesday, August 30th.  Additionally, our new Next Gen Pastor will provide leadership to our Sunday morning family ministries for infants – 5th grade.

God has blessed our patient church family with a fantastic addition to the team. Get ready because Life Church’s best days are ahead!

Jonathan is the founding pastor of Life Church Michigan.

You can get his new book at

He once bought pantyhose with Tina Fey (true story).