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Garfield Park Reformed was organized as Zion Reformed in 1917 as a daughter church of Oakdale Park Reformed. It was located just blocks from Burton Heights CRC, which relocated directly across the street from Garfield Park Reformed in 1922.

The congregation disbanded in 1990.

Historical Details[]


  1. Zion Reformed, 1917-26
  2. Garfield Park Reformed, 1926-90


1975 Jefferson Ave. SE, 1926-90 (now City Hope Ministries )


  1. Ralph Bioemendal, 1918-19
  2. Gustavus A. Gobel, 1919-21
  3. Eldred C. Kuizenga, 1922-25
  4. A. H. Waalkes, 1927-29
  5. Gerrit J. Rozegboom, 1929-33
  6. William J. Hilmert, 1934-40
  7. Harry Hoffs, 1941-50
  8. Harold Leestma, 1952-57
  9. Theodore Schaap, 1957-71
  10. Warren D. Bugress, associate, 1961-64
  11. Vern Essenberg, education, 1967-69
  12. George Weeber, visitation, 1970-74
  13. Robert L. Bast, 1971-84
  14. Paul D. Fox, associate, 1976-79
  15. James W. Baar, assistant, 1982-86
  16. James D. Knol, 1985-90

Membership Overview[]


Membership data, Garfield Park 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, Garfield Park 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, Garfield Park 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.