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Grandville Ave. CRC, Grand Rapids, MI


Grandville Avenue CRC was organized in 1891 by members of Franklin Street CRC. Grandville Ave. was the ninth Christian Reformed congregation in Grand Rapids. Southwest Christian School was built to the north of the Grandville Ave. building at 811 Chicago Drive and is now used by The Potter's House, which was begun in 1981 with two teachers and a dozen students.

Grandville Ave. merged with Bethel in 1994 to form Roosevelt Park Community Church.

Historical Details[]


  1. 1537 Grandville Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49509 (1891-1950, remodeled 1915)
  2. 811 Chicago Drive SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49509 (built 1951, now Roosevelt Park Community Church)


  1. William Greve, 1893-96
  2. E. R. Haan, 1896-98
  3. J. W. Brink, 1900-04
  4. J. Timmerman, 1905-08
  5. E. Breen, 1909-14
  6. R. L. Haan, 1914-16
  7. Dr. Ymen P. De Jong, 1917-45
  8. M. Monsma, 1943-53
  9. M. Vander Zwaag, 1953-59
  10. J. H. Piersma, 1960-64
  11. E. H. Palmer, 1964-68
  12. J. D. Hellinge, 1968-72
  13. A. E. Pontier, 1973-81
  14. R. Praamsma, 1982-90
  15. P. Wayne Townsend, 1991-93

Daughter Churches[]

  1. Bethel, 1912-1994, cosponsored with Franklin Street
  2. Ivanrest, Grandville, MI, 1964

Membership Overview[]


Membership data, Grandville Ave 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, Grandville Ave. CRC, Grand Rapids, MI

Youth Ratio[]

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


Five year growth rate, Grandville Ave. 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.