What We Believe

Being a Reformed church, we find our roots in the great Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. More specifically, we hold to the great Biblical truths that mankind is hopelessly lost in sin and deserving only of God’s eternal punishment. However, in His grace and through the sacrifice of His son Jesus Christ, God has provided full and free salvation for a people who He has eternally chosen to Himself. Their salvation is secured by the death of Jesus on the cross and is received and enjoyed by faith alone in Jesus Christ.

God irresistibly draws His people to Jesus Christ by faith through the power of His Word, especially as that Word is preached. God also preserves His people in their salvation through His Word, ultimately bringing them to the eternal glory of Heaven. We profess that we are saved only by God’s sovereign grace.

These Biblical truths are summarized in the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dordt which we hold as our confessional standards.

Church Leadership

The Protestant Reformed Churches, while honoring the authority of its major assemblies, emphasize that each congregation is a self-governing body of elders, chosen from the members of the congregation. The designation of churches reflects this strong belief in the autonomy of the local church.

Our Church Council is made up of both elders and deacons.

Our many committees provide additional opportunities for members to exercise and develop their gifts of leadership.

Church Membership

We will receive as members all those who know Jesus Christ as their Savior and confess the truth of Scripture as explained in our Reformed creeds – the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dordt. In keeping with the fact that God’s covenant is in the generation of believers, we also receive as members the children of believing members. These children are received as minor members of the church through baptism. Their membership becomes full when they come to a mature faith in Jesus Christ and can make a credible confession of their faith before the church.

Membership classes are provided for those interested in joining our church.

Affiliation

We are affiliated with the Protestant Reformed Churches in America (PRCA). Click Here for a video introduction to our churches.

The Protestant Reformed Churches in America (PRCA) is a denomination located in the USA and Canada, with a membership of approximately 7,600 souls. The PRCA maintains its own seminary located in Grandville, Michigan for the training of pastors. The denomination also has mission works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sioux Falls, South Dakota and the Philippines.

The PRCA holds to the Presbyterian form of church government. It is divided into 2 regional classes which meet periodically through the year. Representatives from each classis meet for an annual synod in June.

The Protestant Reformed Churches, while honoring the authority of its major assemblies, emphasize that each congregation is a self-governing body of elders, chosen from the members of the congregation. The designation of churches reflects this strong belief in the autonomy of the local church.

History

First Protestant Reformed Church was organized in 1924 with the founding of the Protestant Reformed Denomination.

Our first permanent home was in southeast Grand Rapids at the corner of Fuller Avenue and Franklin Street. In 1985 we moved to our present location on Michigan Street in northeast Grand Rapids.

Seven pastors have served our congregation:

Christian Education

We believe that Christian day-school education is an important tool for training a child of God. We support the cause of Christian education with our gifts of time, finances, and prayers.

The Christian schools that we support are parental-run schools; they are not parochial (church-run) schools. These schools; however, do instruct their students in distinctively reformed doctrines, particularly as they are understood by the Protestant Reformed Churches.

Our children and young people primarily attend three of these schools.

Adams Christian School

Eastside Christian School shares our property and has a physical connection to our facility.

Covenant Christian High School

Heritage Christian School