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Bethel CRC, Grand Rapids, MI, 1913-1994


Bethel Christian Reformed Church was organized in 1913 as an English-language daughter church of Grandville Avenue and Franklin Street CRCs. Bethel was located directly between the two churches in a heavily Dutch Reformed neighborhood.

Bethel and Grandville Avenue merged in 1994 to form Roosevelt Park Community Church using Grandville Avenue's facilities.

Historical Details[]


728 Shamrock SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49509 (built 1914-17)


  1. Gerrit Hoeksema, 1914-26
  2. Garret Hofmeyer, 1926-45
  3. R. L. Veenstra, 1946-51
  4. T. Yff, 1952-56
  5. Leonard Greenway, 1957-63
  6. W. D. Buursma, 1963-73
  7. N. R. Prins, 1974-79
  8. R. B. Lanning, 1982-87
  9. Rodger J. Buining, 1988-93

Daughter Churches[]

  1. Bethel Mission, 1920-56
  2. Rogers Heights, 1958
  3. Belding, 1976

Membership Overview[]


Membership data, Bethel CRC, Grand Rapids, MI

Membership Data[]

Green (lower) line shows membership in families; blue (middle), professing members; red (top), total members; and magenta (thin), non-professing members.


Youth ratio, Bethel CRC, Grand Rapids, MI

Youth Ratio[]

Red line shows nonprofessing members as a percentage of total membership.


Five year growth rate, Bethel CRC, 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: Yearbooks of the Christian Reformed Church. Dates are year prior to publication date since data is gathered at the end of one year and published in the next.