For 25 years Pastor Brooks has carried the vision for Christian Life Center (CLC) and guided and governed the work to which God has called and assigned him. CLC was birthed out of a revival when several people began to meet every day as a small Bible Study in their homes for over a year. The fruit of that time of incubation is the story of Christian Life Center.
On January 21, 1980, this small group of Christians led by Pastors John Myers and Joel A. Brooks, Jr. legally established themselves as a corporation, Power of Faith Crusades, whose main mission was to “transform lives by the power of God’s Word.” In February, the church began to hold its services in a small storefront building on the corner of Park and North Streets with approximately 20 founding members. In May 1980 they moved to the basement of North Christian School where 50 members regularly attended. Ironically, in God’s divine plan, Christian Life Center later purchased this building which now houses New Genesis.
At this site the church grew to about 100 members and then moved to a building they purchased on Carleton Street. Here in January of 1985, Joel A. Brooks, Jr. was ordained as the Senior Pastor of Christian Life Center. It was also at this time that his ministry to men began to take shape.
On Resurrection Sunday 1986, the church moved to a new and larger building on Chicago Street with about 125 members. It was at this location that video taping of Sunday services began and the television ministry, Transformed, was birthed. In the summer of 1988, CLC purchased a facility at 1310 Portage Street. At this location the ministry witnessed remarkable growth with an increase from 200 to 1,000 members in regular attendance. Soon it became necessary to hold three Sunday services to accommodate everyone. In 1994 CLC temporarily relocated to Chenery Auditorium in the former Kalamazoo Central building and then returned to its Portage Street facility as it prepared to purchase and renovate property on the corner of Douglas Avenue and Paterson Street.