Our Story

Humble Beginnings...

Coye L. Bouyer is the senior and founding Pastor of Kingdom Life Church in Lansing, Michigan. Growing up on the Southside of Lansing, Pastor Bouyer sensed his calling to the ministry at the age of 17. As a young man he attended Sexton High School and represented the Big Reds well as a basketball and track athlete. Upon graduating from Sexton, he attended Western Michigan University. While attending Western Michigan, he married his high school sweetheart Keturah Sudduth (lovingly known at Kingdom Life as ‘Lady K’). After graduating from Western Michigan, he and Lady K traveled to Dallas, Texas where Pastor Bouyer obtained his Masters in Theology (ThM) from Dallas Seminary.
In 2005, Pastor Bouyer and Lady K returned to Lansing. Pastor Bouyer worked part-time at Lansing Christian School as a Bible Teacher and served as a Youth Pastor for River Terrace Church in East Lansing. After surrendering to the leading of the Holy Spirit in 2008, Pastor Bouyer and Lady K held their first Bible study at Woodcreek Elementary School.  That first bible study consisted of 4 Adults, and thus were the humble beginnings of Kingdom Life Church.
"Upon the return to my home city, my hearts desire was to give back to a  community that first invested in me as a child."  
~Pastor Coye L. Bouyer

Our History...

In December of 2008, with three people, Kingdom Life Church began as a Bible Study in an old music room at Woodcreek Elementary School in Lansing, MI. Six months later, the three  turned into 15 and moved their Bible Study to Immanuel Baptist Church located at 4303 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Lansing.

Over the next several months that Bible Study grew to approximately 35 regular and committed people that eventually led to the official launch of Kingdom Life Church on March 7, 2010.  

While the leaders of Immanuel Baptist Church observed the growth of Kingdom Life’s congregation to 60 plus members within the first 12 months; They sensed what the Lord was doing with this small start-up church. At the same time, seeing their own church aging and no longer having the same impact in the community. It was then that Immanuel Baptists’ interim pastor, Chuck Turner, suggested a merger of the two churches. Immanuel Baptist was known as a Southern Baptist Church that had its start in  the early 1960's. After holding their official note-burning service of all church debt, merged with Kingdom Life becoming one church underneath the leadership of Pastor Bouyer.  This merger added an additional 24 members to Kingdom Life when the two churches officially became one in September of 2012.

In 2015, this growing church purchased 9 acres of property what once housed the Maple Grove Elementary School located at 6031 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  Plans to build are still in the making as Kingdom Life seeks God's provision for this property and how He will use it to bless the Southside of Lansing community.

Kingdom Life is eager to serve the Lord and remains faithful to the command God has placed before us to make disciples for the sole purpose of advancing His kingdom. More than ever, we are committed to building a family environment where we accept the broken, hurting and those distant from God. We strive to create an inviting, intentional, educational, and proactive experience as we properly prepare for the abundant blessings God has for us.

Currently, Kingdom Life has weekly services with approximately 140 members and regular attenders. They are reflected in a multi-cultural and multi-generational service and have chosen to intentionally exist within a body of believers that better represents the Kingdom of God. Our church is represented by people of every race, age, gender, socioeconomic status, and ability, whose desire is to practice here on earth what we will do for eternity in heaven, worship our God together.

Continuing the Vision...

When we started this journey 12 years ago, we had no idea all that we were in for. Through the years, we have experienced highs and endured some lows, but through it all we have been blessed. Shepherding Kingdom Life has brought purposeful passion to our pursuit of God’s plan for our lives. Our commitment to our community and the city of Lansing has grown and we have seen our desire for a diverse congregation develop. Through it all, we have seen some of the greatest God moments in our lives.

As we celebrate our 10-year anniversary we want to say a special thank you to each and every one of you. Thank you for allowing us to minister to you and your family; for welcoming us into your lives and sharing in your spiritual journey. Thank you for loving us, our children, and being willing to grow with us. We know that it is only by the grace of God that we have been together and we are so grateful for the blessing of the past 10 years here at Kingdom Life Church. It is with great anticipation, that we look forward to the next 10 years. God Bless You!


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