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Sherman Street Christian Reformed was organized in 1907 as an English-language daughter church of Eastern Avenue CRC.

The membership drop in 1946 was connected to the organization of Calvin CRC, which Sherman Street cosponsored. As with many churches near the old Calvin College Franklin campus, membership declined during the 1966-73 period as the college relocated.

Historical Details[]


1000 Sherman Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 (built 1908)


  1. John L. Van Tielen, 1908-11
  2. J. J. Weersing, 1912-16
  3. R. B. Kuiper, 1917-23
  4. H. Schultze, 1924-26
  5. M. Van Dyke, 1927-31
  6. W. Van Peursem, 1932-40
  7. G. Goris, 1941-44
  8. L. Veltkamp, 1946-49
  9. F. W. Van Houten, 1950-53
  10. John A. Mulder, 1956-67
  11. M. Toonstra, 1961-62
  12. I. J. Apol, 1967-71
  13. W. L. De Jong, 1972-79
  14. Harold E. Botts, 1980-87
  15. Mark D. Vermaire, 1984-present

Daughter Churches[]

  1. Neland Avenue , 1915, cosponsored with Oakdale Park
  2. Sixth Street, 1940-50
  3. Calvin, 1946, cosponsored with Neland Ave. and Fuller Ave.
  4. Unity Chapel, 1961-63
  5. Ionia, 1963-84, cosponsored with Neland Ave.

Membership Overview[]


Membership data, Sherman Street 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, Sherman Street CRC, Grand Rapids, MI

Youth Ratio[]

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


Five year growth rate, Sherman Street 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.