Our congregation was a new church development of the Lake Michigan Presbytery in the early 1990s. The congregation started with a core of longtime presbyterians from various congregations in the Grand Rapids area, and quickly grew to include those from a wide variety of other church backgrounds, and many who had no previous church background at all. Led by our first pastor, Rev. David Milbourn, we worshiped in various elementary school buildings for our first few years. By 1998, we had grown and were able to build a building of our own. That building, in a beautiful location just south of Hager Park on 28th Avenue in Jenison, is where we worship today.
With our building established, we saw our ministry grow through mission activity centered in the Jenison, Grandville, and Hudsonville areas. Those early years saw vibrant Sunday School ministries and Vacation Bible School. These have continued, and we have been blessed to support our community through vibrant local mission and outreach. It has been a joy to see our congregation grow together in relationship with God as the body of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
When Pastor Dave retired in 2007, God led us to call Rev. Linda Male (who had served Parkwood several years before as an intern) to be our interim pastor. During her ministry we thought about who we are as a congregation and spent time discerning how we wanted to grow in our relationship with God and what type of pastor we needed to help us do this.
In 2009, we called Rev. Matthew Wright as our second installed pastor.
Our church motto is Share the Joy. As Christians, it is our perpetual witness in our lives and in our community to share our joy of salvation through Jesus Christ. It is also our duty to carry the love of Christ into our world, placing ultimate emphasis on Jesus, then Others and finally, Yourself.
Over the years, many of us have become friends. But we know that we are joined together not simply because we live close to one another or have common interests, but because God the Father has called us into relationship with himself through the Son, Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is our prayer that God will draw many more to himself through our congregation, and we strive to welcome all those we meet as we would Jesus himself.