Our staff is passionate about making you a part of our family. We believe that churches should be moving from the bottom-up, so we work hard to support, encourage, and equip our volunteers.


Ross Scheer // Lead Pastor

Ross and His wife Alison have been in ministry for nearly 12+ years. Ross served as the Worship Pastor here at Res Life in Big Rapids for 7 years before becoming the Lead Pastor in 2013. God has taken them on a few journeys in their life, including a year and a half at a church in Florida.  Although Florida was nice in the winter, their desire to be close to family drew them back to the great state of Michigan.

Both Ross and Alison spent their childhood growing up in Gaylord. They met in high school and both later graduated with bachelor degrees from Grand Valley State University. While working in ministry Ross realized the call on his life and decided to continue his degree in Ministerial Studies through the Berean School of the Bible.  

Ross and Alison have a passion for people. Their desire is to see people living the life that God has for them. They want to help people see that following the teachings of the Bible and the guidance of the Holy Spirt can produce, incredible, tangible life-change.

Paul Myers // Executive Pastor

Paul and his wife, Tina, have always known that God had a call on their lives. In 2013 that call was realized when he joined our staff. Paul and Tina have worked in ministry together for more than 26 years including youth, college, and young married couple's ministry. He combines 25 years of operational and management experience with his passion for ministry to help the church run smoothly, but Paul's passion is introducing people to Christ by helping them achieve a personal relationship with Him.  

Paul and Tina have two children and 4 grandchildren that they dote over any time they get a chance. Paul loves to hunt and spend time in the outdoors any time he has down time. Most all of all, He seeks to find God through His Word and in the little moments of everyday life. 

Kris VanKoevering // Associate Pastor

Kris has served on our staff for more than a decade after previously serving on staff at Resonate Church, formerly Resurrection Life Church of Newaygo. When she came to Reslife, she fostered a deep passion for walking along side women as they seek to know Jesus. She has lead Oasis, our women’s ministry, for many years and has subsequently touched the lives of hundreds of women both inside and outside our church through her preaching and one-on-one connection.

Kris lives on a little lake just outside of Fremont with her husband Tim.

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Ron Witbeck // Associate Pastor

Ron and his wife, Diana, oversee the parking lot and usher ministries on Sunday morning, as well as the security team. Pastor Ron also teaches some of our weekly classes, like Living Intentionally Bible Study and Baptism. Ron and Diana love to walk alongside people as they grow in their relationship with God.

Ron and Diana live in the Big Rapids area 

Keith Richards // Nxt Gen Pastor

Keith and his wife, Staci, oversee The 412 Youth Group every Wednesday night and the Nxt Gen children's ministry on Sunday mornings. They have a passion for people and for helping those people see the plan that God has for their lives at the earliest age possible. The Richards have been active in church ministry for eleven years. 

Keith and Staci grew up in Cedar Springs and now live just outside Big Rapids with their three kids. 



Dominic Pace // Discipleship & Family Pastor

Dominic, his wife Jasmin, and their 4 children Hannah, Hunter, Hailee and Hazyl have been part of our church family for more than ten years. While serving on staff at Cran-Hill Ranch, he and Jasmin had always been involved in ministry at our church. In 2016 Dominic felt God leading him to help people grow closer in their walk with God, and in November 2016 he joined our staff full time as the Discipleship and Family Pastor.

Dominic graduated from Great Lakes Christian College with and degree in Christian Education. He brings that experience along with 16 years of working at Christian camps to help people grow closer to God.

Joey Cottle // Worship Pastor

Joey started leading worship in his dad’s congregation when he was 13, and since that time has continually felt a call to lead the Church into the presence of God through musical worship. After growing up as a pastor’s kid he found himself drawn to church leadership in his early 20’s while serving on our worship team as a volunteer. He joined our staff in 2013 as a worship intern for Pastor Ross then started serving as the worship director a year later when Ross became the lead pastor of Reslife. Since that time he has completed the LINC International Ministry and Leadership Training School and finished his studies in Music Industry Management at Ferris State University.

Week to week, Joey leads the worship ministry with his wife, Abigail (who also serves as a song leader), while overseeing our video ministry which creates testimony videos and promotional material for events at the church. He works to develop the talent in his team members while helping them grow closer to the Lord. 

Joey and Abigail live in Big Rapids with their three children—Olivea, Levi, and Eloise



Jared Stier // Tech Director // Worship LEader // Facilities Coordinator

A small town kid from nearby Morley, Jared started attending ResLife in 2003 with his parents. At 13, Pastor Ross taught him how to play drums, and that started his journey into music and worship. Now 12 years later, he is still playing and further strengthening his abilities to lead worship on Sundays. Jared joined our staff in 2013.

Jared also leads our tech ministry. He coordinates tech-booth volunteers, services stage lighting and front of house monitors, as well as overseeing facility set-up and our website. 

Jared and his wife Alexis live in Canadian Lakes with their son, Liam.

Tammy Hughes // Front Office Manager

Tammy was a pastor's daughter, so she has been involved in ministry on many different levels throughout her life. She has a great love and a heart for people, and her desire is to help bring a sense of community to this church while ultimately leading people to Christ.  

Tammy, her husband Charles, and their son Gavin have been a part of the Reslife family since 2007 and have been involved in several ministries here.  Tammy joined the staff as the Office Manager in 2013, and also helps run the church bookstore. 

The Hughes family lives in Big Rapids with their giant English Mastiff, Dixie, and their cat, Marnie