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Bethel Reformed, Grand Rapids, MI


Bethel Reformed was organized in 1906 as an English-speaking daughter church of Fourth Reformed. It was the fourth English-language Reformed Church congregation in Grand Rapids. It built two modest sanctuaries before constucting the present edifice in 1928. The church disbanded in August 2000. Providence Reformed Church now meets in the old Bethel facilities.

Historical Details[]


1700 Coit Ave. NE, built 1927


  1. Peter C. De Young, 1907-10
  2. Gerrit Kooiker, 1911-16
  3. Arend J. Te Paske, 1917-20
  4. Emiel O. Schwitters, 1921
  5. John C. Van Wyk, 1923-31
  6. Bernard J. Mulder, 1932-36
  7. Adrian J. Newhouse, 1956-60
  8. Norwood K. Reck, 1961-72
  9. John M. Haines, 1972-78
  10. David R. Brower, evangelism, 1976-81
  11. Frederic C. Dolfin, 1980-85
  12. Jay Sowers, 1986-

Membership Overview[]


Membership data, Bethel 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, Bethel 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, Bethel 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.