Eric & Erica Giesow grew up in Brighton, MI, and always dreamed of returning to their hometown to build a life-giving church to reach the people of Livingston County - the people and the place so deep in their heart. They always sensed one day that God would lead them back but did not know how.
In January of 2017, dream and reality collided as God made it very clear and apparent to Eric & Erica as well as their Senior Pastors at the time that God was the one that put the dream of Alive in Eric & Erica's heart. God confirmed His calling, and Alive Family Church was conceived.
In the Summer of 2017, the Giesow's returned home to Brighton, and God began to assemble the Alive Team, an amazing group of 35 adults committed to seeing this dream of God's become a reality.
On September 24th, 2017 Alive Family Church held its Grand Opening service at Scranton Middle School in Brighton, MI with 220 in attendance. Over the past weeks and months it has been incredible to see all God is already doing in and though Alive as families and individuals are making steps to know God more personally and live for Him more passionately.
For eight years before launching Alive Family Church, Eric & Erica both served on staff at Valley Family Church in Kalamazoo, MI, under the leadership of Pastors Jeff and Beth Jones. Eric served as an Executive Pastor over prayer & college-age discipleship. And they both served as Directors over the college-age discipleship program. Before working in ministry, Eric received a Business Marketing/Management degree from Northwood University and Erica an English Secondary Education degree from Spring Arbor University. They both received Bible Training and are licensed and ordained through RHEMA Ministerial Association. Eric and Erica are high school sweethearts and have been married for over 10 years, together they have three children: Ella, Eli, and Ezra.
Eric & Erica lead Alive Family Church as a husband wife team. Eric is gifted as a dynamic speaker and leader, and Erica's sweet spot is teaching and pastoral care. Alive Family Church is a non-denominational church with a contemporary style. It is part of the Association of Related Churches, a network that has helped launch more than 600 new churches across the US.