History of the Church
We began our worship in February of 2001 in the living room of one member’s home. We realized we had something to share; therefore, during the summer of 2001 we began our journey to become a church. We had no pastor and no blueprint for how to carry this dream to fruition. We made the decision to follow God’s leading and remain independent of any denominational authority.
In November of that first year, we moved the House Church into Meadowbrook Elementary School on Forest Hill Avenue. We were now known as New Day Community Church.
In August of 2002 we welcomed our first pastor Rev. Larry Terlouw; we constituted as a church on October 27, 2002; created By-Laws and a Statement of Faith; and completed the papers incorporating the church.
In mid-April of 2004, we relocated to a more visible site at Cascade Meeting and Banquet Center at 6280 28th St. SE.
In July 2006 we welcomed our present pastor Rev. Dr. Phil Johnson. We retreated to our House Church for two months as we worshiped and set a new vision for our future.
In September 2006 we began meeting at the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Chapel at 3000 Leonard NE. This was the first time in our history we had an actual church setting. We began to grow numerically, increasing both in membership and attendance.
Our latest move has been the most exciting. The first Sunday of March 2008 we moved to the Church-on-the-Hill at 2965 Wycliffe SE. To have an actual church building with a sanctuary, space for our church school and room for social events and meetings is an answer to our prayers!
We are filled with the hope that others will come and sense, in worship and through relationships with our people, the God that is in and around us all
We are changing the face of our building and grounds. We cleared the hill. We first added a new sign that was more permanent and then added an electronic sign. We have updated the area around the steps leading up to the cross and the church building. We planted some trees, some bushes and a creeping ground cover. We extended the sprinkler system. The hill will grow into a lush garden enhancing the beauty of the church property. Next spring we intend to tackle the “community garden” which runs alongside Thorncrest.
It is not only the building and grounds that we are concerned with. Our main goal is to provide the community with a place to worship, pray, learn and serve the community both near and far. We are a warm, caring and loving congregation. We welcome all people in the community to join us in worship, fellowship, and service.