Rick Bezet is the founder and lead pastor of New Life Church.
With a God-breathed vision to reach Arkansas, Rick began planting churches throughout the state. Since starting NLC Conway in 2001, New Life has grown to include nine churches in eight cities with over 20 services and an online service. Listed by Outreach Magazine in 2009 as America’s fastest-growing church, New Life has flourished under Pastor Rick’s leadership.
Rick speaks all over the world, inspiring and training church planters and leaders. But his heart is always to reach the next one. This passion evoked the development of the Arkansas Dream Center, which serves thousands of individuals and families daily in the local communities. Rick is a founding board member and overseer of the Association of Related Churches (ARC), an organization dedicated to planting life-giving churches across the nation.
Authentic relationships are the core of Rick’s ministry. His desire to see genuine community helped develop the “life group” model that many churches use today. Rick authored his life message in the book Be Real: Because Fake Is Exhausting. Even as more churches are planted, New Life remains one house, fully devoted to the ever-expanding vision of drawing souls to the hope of Jesus.
Rick and his lovely wife, Michelle, have been married for over 25 years and have four children: Hunter, Hailee, Tanner, and Grace. They live in Conway, Arkansas.