Over 80 years ago Reverend Boone brought his family from Hastings Michigan to the city of Grand Rapids with the desire to start a church so that the people of this city might experience new life in Jesus Christ. Throughout the course of our 80 year history this church has moved locations several times, has had many great ministers and even a couple name changes.
In spite of all the change there is one common theme that has held true, reach the people of this city and the greater Grand Rapids area with the life transforming message of Jesus Christ. This church was built on the idea that more deeply we know Jesus and commit our lives to Him, the more equipped we are to be Jesus to those around us.
This core belief throughout the years has given birth to our current mission statement, Knowing Jesus. Being Jesus. To know Jesus is more than information or simply praying a prayer, but is a process of starting a relationship and then constantly working to grow it and enhance it.
The ways we work to know Jesus have changed in the life of this church throughout the years as our culture and community has changed but the foundation of this knowledge has not, God's Word.
In the same way that our knowledge of Jesus is a continual journey so is the expression of that relationship. We are continually presented with opportunities to Be Jesus to those around us and the more we know Jesus the more aware we become of these opportunities and the more equipped we are to take them on.
Time, culture and needs have changed the way we serve throughout our years but the foundation of being Jesus and showing his love to our community has not. We value where we have come from as a church and find great strength and encouragement knowing that our past has built a foundation of risk taking, innovation and change for our future.