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Bethany Reformed was organized in 1893 as an English-language daughter church of Third Reformed when the council of Third refused to add English services. Bethany was the second English-speaking Reformed Church congregation in Grand Rapids.

Bethany merged with Fairview Reformed in 1994 to create Orchard Hill Reformed. Pastors from both congregations became part of the new church.

Historical Details[]


  1. 739 Baldwin SE, 1894-1924
  2. 834 Lake Drive SE, 1924-94


  1. John Lamar, 1893-98
  2. James Ossewaarde, 1898-1902
  3. Nicholas Boer, 1903-07
  4. James Wayer, 1907-19
  5. Abraham Kierk, 1920-27
  6. Henry D. Ter Keurst, 1927-30
  7. John S. Ter Louw, 1932-35
  8. Clarence P. Dame, 1936-43
  9. Henry Bast, 1944-56
  10. Gordon L. Van Oostenburg, 1956-62
  11. Wendell P. Karsen, assistant, 1963-65
  12. Henry Bast, 1963-72
  13. Ralph H. Pronk, evangelism, 1965-68
  14. Howard D. Schipper, associate, 1969-72, senior, 1972-78
  15. Rodney Kamrath, student, 1974-79
  16. J. R. Steegstra, assistant, 1977-84
  17. Jerome B. De Jong, 1979-85
  18. Frederic C. Dolfin, interim, 1985-86
  19. Curry M. Pikkaart, 1986-94 (to Orchard Hill)
  20. Thomas L. Bos, associate, 1988-94 (to Orchard Hill)

Daughter Churches[]

  1. Immanuel , 1907, cosponsored with Third
  2. Calvary Reformed (later Common Ground Community) , 1915, cosponsored with Third

Membership Overview[]


Membership data, Bethany Reformed, Grand Rapids, MI

Membership Data[]

Heavy lines: green (lower) shows membership in families; blue (middle), professing members; red (top), total members. Thin lines: magenta (middle), non-professing members; orange (lower), inactive members; black (top), average worship attendance.


Membership ratios, Bethany Reformed, Grand Rapids, MI

Membership Ratios[]

Red line (middle) shows nonprofessing members as a percentage of total membership (inactive members exluded); green (lower), inactive members as percentage of total membership; and blue (higher) average worship attendance of total membership.


Five year growth rate, Bethany Reformed, Grand Rapids, MI

Five Year Growth Rate[]

Red line shows five year growth rate. A five year growth rate between 10% and -10% is considered stable; greater than 10% indicates a growing congregation; one below -10% indicates a church in decline. This makes no allowance for daughter churches.

Data source: Acts of Synod of the Reformed Church in America. Dates are year prior to publication date since data is gathered at the end of one year and published in the next.