History

On October 15, 1855, The First Presbyterian Church was founded on the west side of the Grand River. On July 17, 1861, 25 of those church members established Westminster Presbyterian Church on the east side of the river to establish a presence in the rapidly growing city. They called Rev. Courtney Smith to be their pastor and settled in a wood frame building on the northwest corner of Division and Lyon. They quickly outgrew that space and built their own church in 1865 on the southwest corner of Division and Lyon.

In 1886, the current sanctuary was built in our present location on Jefferson Avenue; 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.