Faith Protestant Reformed Church was organized on February 22, 1973. For several years before this date there had been talk of the rising need for a new church in the Grandville- Jenison area. Hope PRC was crowded, Hudsonville PRC was crowded and using its basement for worship services, and more and more families were moving to the area.
Three men, Dale Mensch, William Huber, and Irvan Velthouse, approached the consistories of Hope and Hudsonville requesting permission to canvas the members of their congregations to evaluate the amount of interest in organizing a new church.
When Classis East met on January 3, 1973, a letter signed by sixteen men was presented, requesting approval for organizing a new church. The request was granted and Hope PRC’s consistory was appointed to oversee the organizational meeting.
The organizational meeting was held February 22, 1973, according to Article 38 of the Church Order. Prof. H. Hanko spoke on “The Church—Pillar of Truth.” Afterward Rev. R. VanOverloop installed the new elders and deacons.
For the charter members and all others present, it was truly a most memorable and edifying experience. The uncertainty of the future and the tremendous responsibility of starting a new church were overshadowed by the great joy of establishing a new church.
Plans were immediately made for renting the gym of Jenison Christian Junior High School. The first service was held there February 25. Society meetings and catechism classes were held in a room above the former Union Bank in Jension.
From the names of Bethel PRC, Faith PRC, and Jenison PRC, Faith PRC was chosen.
At the congregational meeting of October 22, it was decided to purchase five acres of land on 20th Ave. in Jenison for $13,000. Hope and Hudsonville each gave us $5,000.
A farmhouse was rented and remodeled for a parsonage. In February of 1975 a parsonage was completed on the new property. On November 22, 1977, the plans and proposed financing of the new sanctuary was unanimously passed and the ground-breaking set for the following April. December 10, 1978 we held the first service. An addition was built in 1992 with more seating in the sanctuary, a wing of society rooms, larger bathrooms, nurseries, kitchen, and large fellowship hall.
The ministers who have served us are: Rev. M. Joostens, Rev. W. Bruinsma, Rev. W. Bekkering, Rev. K. Koole, Rev. R. Cammenga, Rev. A. Lanning, Rev. C. Spronk.
Our daughter churches are Providence PRC and Zion PRC.
The charter members that remain are five couples and seven individuals.
As a congregation we give thanks to the most gracious Lord who has guided us and granted us so very much through these 48 years. “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: Be thankful unto him and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations” (Ps. 100:4).