Grace Reformed Church

SUNDAY SERVICE | 10:00A

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YOU'RE WELCOME HERE.

We are a community of ordinary folks who come together to seek out the grace of God and to grow closer to Him. 

LOCATION

 3330 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509

PHONE | 616.538.3100

 

Church Staff

 
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Rev. Dr. Jack Doorlag, Minster Under Contract

Jack and his wife Mary have been married since 1973 and raised two daughters. Mary and the girls all have teaching degrees. Jack is a proud grandpa to four beautiful granddaughters.

Jack is well educated with degrees from: Hope College in 1971 with BA, Western Seminary graduate in 1975 with MDiv. and Doctorate of Ministry degree in 1983 from Fuller Theological Seminary. 

 

Paul Kerkstra

Paul Kerkstra, Minister of Music

Paul has held the position of Minister of Music and Choir Director at Grace since 1995. Through the years, beginning in 1954, he has been the church’s organist serving under eight Music Directors and nine Pastors. Paul Kerkstra, Graduate of Calvin College, with a minor in music and organ has recorded two albums “Happiness” and “Jesus and Me”. Paul has also served as a Music Therapist at the Veterans Facility in Grand Rapids for many years. One of his favorite Bible verses is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. -Philippians 4:13

 
Heather Dood

Heather Dood, Children & Youth Director

Heather and her husband Jayme have been married since 1999. They have three beautiful daughters. Heather has been loving and disciplining children and youth at Grace since August of 2009. One of Heather's favorite Bible verses is " And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus" Hebrews 12:1-2


Paul Kerkstra

Fred Mc Gary, Director of Custodial Ministries

I started working at Grace in October 2015, after spending years in many capacities working in ministry. I’ve come to find working at a church to be part of my calling and service to the kingdom. I am a licensed and ordained minister. I count it a blessing and honor to serve as caretaker in the house of the Lord. One of my favorite Bible verses is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Philippians 4:13

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Lorinda VanderWerp, Pastoral Intern and music assistant

Currently I serve at Grace Reformed Church as Pastoral Intern (September 2017) and music assistant (December 2015). My husband attended Grace Reformed Church as a child and we started attending Grace together when we started dating in 1996. I am passionate about planning faithful worship of our Lord and Savior and feel it is an honor and privilege to be serving Him in this capacity at Grace. One of my favorite scripture passages can be found in Isaiah 40:29-31“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Sue Stuk

Sue Stuk, Secretary

I began working at Grace in May of 1996. I grew up in this neighborhood and have attended Grace since I was a child. In addition to my secretarial duties, I love working with the children and the children’s programs. I am married to my high school sweetheart and have 4 grown children and 7 grandchildren. My favorite bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight”. I consider it a privilege to work and worship here at Grace.

 

Living in and by Grace, we are called by GOD to make disciples for Jesus.

Core Values We Desire

Core Values We Cherish


●Christ-Like Reconciliation
●Hospitality

●Prayer
●Compassion
●Mission Outreach
●Worship

Beliefs

We believe in a Triune God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  God the Father is our Creator and the author of our faith.  Jesus Christ, God's Son, is our Lord and Savior.  The Holy Spirit is our source of power and comfort.  The Bible, as the inspired Word of God, is the sole source of our knowledge of the Triune God.  We believe we have been called to share the Good News of the gospel of Jesus Christ with all people.


Church History 

 
 

Reelman's Hall (1897-1998)

Grace Reformed was organized in 1897 as an English-language daughter of Fifth Reformed. It was the third English-language RCA congregation in Grand Rapids. Our first gathering location was at (710 Grandville Ave. SW)

Pastor

John Van de Erve, 1897-1901

 

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The Klondyke Church (1898-1899)

A growing congregation found a new meeting space in The Klodyke Church. 

Pastor

John Van de Erve, 1897-1901

 
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Caulfield Avenue and 'B' Street (1900-1963)

In 1900, Grace Reformed Church moved to Caulfield Avenue and 'B' Street in Grand Rapids.

892 Caulfield SW at B Street is two blocks east of Grandville Ave. and two blocks south of Franklin Street.

Pastors 

Theodore Schaap, 1938-45

Henry C. Van Deelen, 1946-48

Abraham Rynbrandt, 1949-53

James W. Schut, 1954-59

Rodger H. Dalman, 1959-65

John Van de Erve, 1897-1901

Rense H. Joldersma, 1901-02

Peter P. Cheff, 1902-05

Peter Braak, 1905-08

Lawrence Dykstra, 1909-12

Cornelius H. Spaan, 1912-38

 

 
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3330 Burlingame in Wyoming (1964-Present)

With the construction of US-131 the congregation relocated to Wyoming, Michigan, in 1964. 

Pastors 

Brian K. Taylor, associate, 1988-96

Rick Veenstra, interim, 1996-97

Rick Oppenhuizen, 1998-2017

Jack Doorlag, 2018 - Present 

Rodger H. Dalman, 1959-65

Harry L. Brower, 1966-72

Mark D. De Witt, 1973-85

Louis H. Bennes III, 1986-96

 

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The Crossing (1999-Present)

Built in 1999, The Crossing is our youth and outreach building.