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Broadway Avenue CRC, Grand Rapids, MI, built 1904

History

Westview CRC was organized as the second English-language Christian Reformed congregation in Grand Rapids in 1893. It was strategically located midway between the Alpine Avenue and Coldbrook churches on Broadway Avenue just south of West Leonard. Within a decade it outgrew its original wood frame building and built a new brick church building.

Waht would eventually become US-131 was built in the church's backyard starting in the mid-1940s, and with its upgrade to become part of the Interstate Highway System, the congregation decided to move from its original location (just a few blocks west of the Grand River and one block west of the highway) in 1962. The church moved three miles down Leonard and adopted the Westview name.

Westview-church

Westview CRC, Grand Rapids, MI

The original Broadway Avenue building remains in use to this day.

Historical Details

Names

  1. Broadway Avenue, 1894-1962
  2. Westview, 1962-present

Locations

  1. Scribner Avenue Baptist Church, 1236 Scribner NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 (1893-94)
  2. 1142 Broadway Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 (1894-1962). Originally sat 350, and enlarged in 1904, 1914, and 1940.
  3. 2929 Leonard Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 (built 1962). A substantial addition was added in 1992.

Pastors

  1. G. D. De Mott, 1895-99
  2. M. J. Bosma, 1900-07
  3. J. W. Brink, 1909-12
  4. E. Tanis, 1912-19
  5. Henry J. Kuiper, 1919-29
  6. John De Haan Jr., 1929-45
  7. T. Van Eerden, 1946-51
  8. G. J. Rozenboom, 1953-62
  9. P. L. Vermaire, 1963-73
  10. W. F. Vander Hoven, 1974-82
  11. Charles S. Steenstra, 19983-95
  12. Roger B. Groenboom, 1994-present
  13. Ronald G. Baker, 1997-present

Membership Overview

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Membership data, Westview 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.

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Youth ratio, Westview CRC, Grand Rapids, MI


Youth Ratio

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

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Five year growth rate, Westview 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.

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