Analissa Kelley

Growing up in the church, I thought I had it all figured out. I knew how to walk to the walk and I was great at knowing the “Sunday school answers”, but that’s all it ever was for me: keeping up appearances. Deep down, I resented the church and rules from keeping me from everything else I thought would make me happy. I saw college as my chance to break free and really pursue happiness and fun, however, as I ran after all those things, I found them leaving me feeling more empty than ever before.

Thankfully, there was a church on campus for college students and when I walked in the door I was immediately drawn to it. There was a passion and “aliveness” for Christ that I had not experienced among my peers before and I wanted to be a part of it. The transformation and hope of the gospel I found in college led me to pursue full-time ministry upon graduation.

Since then, I have worked as a campus missionary reaching out to college students, previously at the University of Michigan.

In 2018, a group of us felt led to plant a campus-focused church at Western Michigan University. I am passionate about discipleship and seeing people grow in their walk with God to not only follow Him for a season but for a lifetime. My roles include leading and training others to lead Bible studies, helping students grow in peer discipleship, coordinating community service opportunities, and helping the church grow in mission through evangelism.