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 DetailsEdit


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 ChurchesEdit

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

Membership OverviewEdit


Membership data, Bethel CRC, Grand Rapids, MI

Membership DataEdit

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 RatioEdit

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


Five year growth rate, Bethel CRC, Grand Rapids, MI

Five Year Growth RateEdit

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.

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