Unity in the Midst of Diversity
Believing that diversity is one of our greatest strengths, our congregation is a group of people who take each other seriously. We respect one another's feelings, faith, and religious experience. This is the basis of our unity and our commitment to mutual spiritual growth.
Westminster is truly a doorway to the world. With our commitment to local and world mission, we are able to interact directly and meaningfully with areas of need within our own community and around the world. Opportunities for individuals to express their faith in service and ministry are available at many different levels. We think you will find that Westminster people typically are involved, dedicated, and fulfilled. We understand that there are as many different needs as there are people. We therefore seek to provide one another with the support of prayer, encouragement, and training as we seek to fulfill our call and commission as Disciples of Christ.
At Westminster Presbyterian Church, we celebrate the diverse gifts and interests within the congregation and our common faith in one God, one baptism, and one Lord the Savior, Jesus Christ.
On June 7, 1861, The First Presbyterian Church was founded on the west side of the Grand River. In 1861, the east side Presbyterians established a mission church in a rented wood frame building on the northwest corner of Division and Lyon. By 1865, the congregation had outgrown the original structure and built their own church on the southwest corner of Division and Lyon.
In 1886, the current sanctuary was built in our present location; it seated 700 and was heated by coal stoves and lighted by oil lamps. Originally, the building faced east, but around 1915, the chancel and choir loft were moved to the south side of the sanctuary. A balcony was added as well.
In 1922, the parish building was added and in 1955, the church purchased the Christian Reformed Publishing House next door. It serves as our dining room and kitchen, among other uses.
What does it mean to be “Presbyterian”?
Presbyterians believe that each individual is called to live out his or her trust in God in relation to the community of faith and to two primary historical sources: the Scriptures and the confessions of the church. We are a confessional rather than a doctrinal church. Among our primary affirmations is that “God alone is Lord of the conscience,” which, among other things, means that no one — not the church, not the pastor, not anyone — can come between you and God.
You can learn more by visiting the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) web site or by contacting the pastoral staff.