About Unity

The Unity Christian Music Festival is the flagship event of Muskegon, Michigan based non-profit (501c3) Alive on the Lakeshore.  In addition to Unity Christian Music Festival, Alive on the Lakeshore produces a number of other events across Michigan every year and operates the web site www.UnityChristianEvents.com

Each year the Unity Christian Music Festival partners with other Christian-based non-profits.  This year’s partner ministries include:

  • Bridge to Life
    Don and Becky Smith
    17194 VanWagoner Road
    Spring Lake, MI 49456
    Phone: 616-846-1051 ext 100
    Email: bridge2life1@gmail.com
  • CranHill
    Bri Knapp and Scott Barger
    14444 17 Mile Road
    Rodney, MI 49342
    Phone: 231-796-7669
    Email: bri@cranhillranch.com or scott@cranhillranch.com
  • First Priority of Muskegon
    Jim Keck
    PO Box 5314
    North Muskegon MI 49445
    Phone: 231-206-1990
    Email: tmkeck1@juno.com
  • Fresh Coast Alliance
    Candy Gibson
    1128 Roberts Street
    Muskegon, MI 49442
    Phone: 231-286-1992
    Email: candyg@freshcoastalliance.org
  • Grace Adventures
    Ben Vander Kodde
    2100 N. Ridge Road
    Mears, MI 49436
    Phone: 231-873-3662
    Email: ben@graceadventures.org
  • Love INC of Muskegon County
    Mike Miller
    1051 Peck Street
    Muskegon MI 49440
    Phone: 231-873-3662
    Email: mikem@loveincofmuskegon.com
  • Love n Grace
    Debra Yonkers
    2735 E Apple Avenue Suite C
    Muskegon, MI 49442
    Phone: 231-767-3403
    Email: revdebrayonkers@gmail.com
  • Make a Difference Ministries
    Dave and Carole Nordstrom
    PO Box 5334
    North Muskegon, MI 49445
    Phone: 231-750-4307
    Email: cjn560@aol.com or clmadhouse2000@aol.com
  • Muskegon Community Radio
    Bill Erickson
    PO Box 1511
    Muskegon MI 49443
    Phone: 231-563-6280
    Email: irock@heyradio.com
  • Muskegon Pregnancy Services
    Debbie Null
    1775 Wells Ave
    Muskegon MI 49442
    Phone: 231-206-2471
    Email: debbie@bestoptions.org
  • Muskegon Rescue Mission
    Melissa Boughner
    2735 E Apple Avenue Suite D
    Muskegon MI 49442
    Phone: 231-727-6090
    Email: mboughner@muskegonmission.org
  • Reach the Forgotten Jail Ministries
    Scott Hall
    1480 Buchanan Avenue SW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49525
    Phone: 616-784-4620
    Email: scotth@jailministry.org
  • The Hope Project
    Sara Johnson
    1516 Peck Street
    Muskegon, MI 49441
    Phone: 231-747-8555 ext 21
    Email: sara@hopeprojectusa.org
  • Urban Family Ministries
    Arlene De Young
    543 Eastern Avenue SE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    Phone: 616-365-9009 ext 1001
    Email: adeyoung@urbanfamilyministries.org
  • West Michigan Youth for Christ
    Ian and Stacey Kennedy
    PO Box 2678
    Grand Rapids MI 49501
    Phone: 616-477-9460
    Email: ikennedy@wmyfc.org or skennedy@wmyfc.org
  • Western Michigan Adult & Teen Challenge
    Shawna Illum
    440 E. Pontaluna Road
    Muskegon MI 49444
    Phone: 231-798-7927
    Email: shawna@wm-tc.com
  • Unity Christian Music Festival  / Alive on the Lakeshore
    Kevin Newton
    1715 Peck Street
    Muskegon, MI 49441
    Phone: 231-224-6034
    Email: kevin@unitychristianevents.com

Here is what our ministry partners are saying about their involvement with Unity Music Festival:

I personally saw great value for the community in the Unity Music Festival concept which is why my wife and I both got deeply involved starting with the very first year. We work with teenagers who know very little to nothing about Christianity and most have no concept of what Christian music is. It’s fun to give them exposure to the styles of music they love but with positive messages and with positive role models performing the music. Plus we’ve seen a number of teens come to Christ thru Unity Music Festival’s ministry.

We also love getting the teens involved in serving at Unity with us. Working side by side with them and seeing how much they love serving has been awesome. The way they serve shows us that they are looking for a purpose for their life.  We’ve made so many ministry connections thru Unity, some who have helped us and some that we were blessed to be able to help. Unity is a gold mine for contacts, connections and networking.  At Unity 2016 I made a connection with a youth pastor from Uganda. He came and visited our youth ministry that we call M.A.D. HOUSE. He took the concept to Uganda and now runs a M.A.D. House of his own. We are providing him with some support and help and our kids and his kids are connecting on line. He signs his messages, ‘Mad House Uganda.’

Dave Nordstrom, Director, Make a Difference Ministries (M.A.D. House)

“Unity Fest is by far the best way for us to gain exposure to the broader Christian public.  Even though we have existed for almost 20 years, we have always been “under the radar” in the Grand Rapids area.  Being at Unity gives us exposure to people and churches we would never have connected with.  It also allows our Teen Leadership participants a chance to volunteer and experience life outside of the urban Grand Rapids area.  Another bright spot is it allows the staff and volunteers to share their hearts with people and encourage others who are on a walk similar to theirs in ministry.  ‘It can be very lonely in ministry sometimes and when you can sit and talk with others who understand, your hearts become connected and you both feel lifted and encouraged when you leave,’ stated one staff person who worked the UMF booth.  Unity is an important part of our summer on many different levels from teen volunteers to exposure to new donors and volunteers!”

Noelle Gable, Program Director, Urban Family Ministries



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