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New Life Reformed was created in 1974 by the merger of Oakdale Park Reformed and Everglade Reformed. The church closed its doors on December 1, 2013. Its old building is now being used by The Branch, a congregation begun in 2007, and Las Connexion, a Spanish-language church plant. There is also a growing ministry to refugees from Nepal based in this building.

Historical Details[]


973 28th St. SE, built as Everglade Reformed] in 1955, addition 1977


  1. Bernard D. Hakken, 1974-78
  2. Henry J. Boekhoven, associate, 1974-76
  3. Gene A. Poll, 1979-85
  4. Edward Schmidt, 1986-
  5. Harvey Hertz

Membership Overview[]


Membership data, New Life 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, New Life 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, New Life 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.