Our leadership team realized a trend of pastors and church leaders feeling as if they were alone in ministry and competing with other churches rather than standing united. Relate came from the principle of Christians being at their best when they are together, rather than when they try to live life on their own. Our Relate team is excited to stand with you and have your back in ministry.

Director

Van Ducote

Van has been lead pastor of Northwood Church in Gulfport, MS for 28 years. From 1989 to present NC has grown from 34 people to three locations and an attendance of 2,000. Believing that the local church is generational he is accompanied in ministry by Jan, his wife of 46 years, and their 3 grown children with their spouses. As director of Relate, Van brings 33 years of pastoral experience and heart to help pastors and church leaders see dreams fulfilled as they reach their communities with the life-giving message of Jesus. Van and Jan are excited grandparents of four wonderful grandchildren.

Leadership Team

Randy Bezet

Randy Bezet is the founding and lead pastor of Bayside Community Church in Bradenton, Florida. As a pastor and teacher, he focuses on building the local church, sharing the message of Christ, and helping people reach their full potential. Randy serves on the board of the Association of Related Churches (ARC), an organization dedicated to planting life-giving churches across the United States. He is also the founder of Relate; a coaching association for lead pastors and ministry leaders, as well as Bayside College, which began in 2010. Randy resides in Bradenton with his wife, Amy, and their four children.

Leadership Team

Rick Bezet

Rick Bezet is the founder and lead pastor of New Life Church in Arkansas. Pastor Rick’s heart and motivation is always to see the next person encounter Jesus. It is this passion that the vision of New Life reflects as we grow throughout our state and country. Rick is one of the founding directors of the Association of Related Churches (ARC), an organization dedicated to planting life-giving churches across the nation. Rick also helps lead Relate, a coaching association focused on helping lead pastors uncover practical solutions, tactics, and strategies, to help break growth barriers and accomplish the vision God has given them. Rick and his lovely wife, Michelle, have been married for 30 years and have four children and two grandsons. They live in Conway, Arkansas.

Director

Van Ducote

Van has been lead pastor of Northwood Church in Gulfport, MS for 28 years. From 1989 to present NC has grown from 34 people to three locations and an attendance of 2,000. Believing that the local church is generational he is accompanied in ministry by Jan, his wife of 45 years, and their 3 grown children with their spouses. He is also director of Relate, an association of pastors and church leaders working together to see dreams fulfilled to reach their communities with the life giving message of Jesus. Van and Jan are excited grandparents of four wonderful grandchildren.

Leadership Team

Randy Bezet

Randy Bezet is the founding and lead pastor of Bayside Community Church in Bradenton, Florida. As a pastor and teacher, he focuses on building the local church, sharing the message of Christ, and helping people reach their full potential. Randy serves on the board of the Association of Related Churches (ARC), an organization dedicated to planting life-giving churches across the United States. He is also the founder of Relate; a coaching association for lead pastors and ministry leaders, as well as Bayside College, which began in 2010. Randy resides in Bradenton with his wife, Amy, and their four children.

Leadership Team

Rick Bezet

Rick Bezet is the founder and lead pastor of New Life Church in Arkansas. Pastor Rick’s heart and motivation is always to see the next person encounter Jesus. It is this passion that the vision of New Life reflects as we grow throughout our state and country. Rick is one of the founding directors of the Association of Related Churches (ARC), an organization dedicated to planting life-giving churches across the nation. Rick also helps lead Relate, a coaching association focused on helping lead pastors uncover practical solutions, tactics, and strategies, to help break growth barriers and accomplish the vision God has given them. Rick and his lovely wife, Michelle, have been married for 30 years and have four children and two grandsons. They live in Conway, Arkansas.