History

In 1861 the Grand River Presbytery realized the need to establish a Presbyterian church on the east side of the Grand River. Westminster Presbyterian Church began with twenty-five members from the First Presbyterian Church located across the river on Bridge Street.  Their first church home was a rented facility followed by a newly constructed building on the corner of Division and Lyons in downtown Grand Rapids.  This served our congregation from 1867 until we moved to our current site in 1875.  A chapel was constructed and the plans for a new sanctuary were developed by architect D.S. Hopkins.  The new sanctuary was completed 10 years later in 1885.  This is the sanctuary that we worship in today.  Over the years our facility was enlarged as the little church grew to its current membership of over 1200 members.  Westminster is a congregation-led community with multiple gifted staff members.  Its three core missions are a food pantry created in 1990, a child development center begun in 1969.  Both are located in our downtown facility.  The third core mission began in 1937 and is a year-round camp located on Kimball Lake and 200 plus acres one hour north of Grand Rapids.

Our decision to remain a downtown church engaged in neighborhood ministries continues to be our goal. 

Westminster has a beautiful collection of stained glass windows.  We invite you to learn more about the windows and their history by clicking on this link.  As you view the windows be reminded that our windows surround us with the many symbols and stories of our Christian faith.