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Author, former political aide forming church in Alger Heights
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Author, former political aide forming church in Alger Heights

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A graduate of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary says faith has led him on a journey from West Michigan to Capitol Hill and now to Alger Heights, where he hopes to reach "post Christians" on Grand Rapids' southeast side.

Jeremy Bouma says he's in the early stages of gathering people to form The Church of the Resurrection. He hopes to appeal to "post Christians" who he describes as believers who have "grown up in the church, went through the front door, and left out the back door in college."

A Hudsonville native, Bouma says leading a church wasn't what he first envisioned when he left for Cedarville University in Ohio. Bouma graduated with a degree in political science, and worked for a year as an assistant to a U.S. Senator in Washington D.C.

At the capitol, Bouma was active with the Center for Christian Statesmanship, where he led Bible studies and mentored congressional staffers for three years.

In 2007, he returned home to pursue a Master of Divinity at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He's currently in the process of completing a Master of Theology in Historical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.

Bouma has served on staff at Fellowship Covenant Church, an Evangelical Covenant Church in Hudsonville. In 2008, he published "the (un)offensive gospel of Jesus." A second book is set to be released in fall 2011. He is also an active blogger on www.novuslumen.net.

Currently, Bouma's working to establish The Church of the Resurrection in Alger Heights. A mission statement reads, "We explore new life together in Jesus Christ in order to live lives of transformation in our city." Bouma's also set up a Facebook page for the church.

You can reach Bouma at jeremy@therezchurch.org or at 616.676.REZ1.

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