In 1861, 25 people founded Westminster Presbyterian Church and called known abolitionist Courtney Smith to be their pastor. Though none of these white upper-midwesterners were slaves—and being an abolitionist Christian was not a popular stance at that time—they came together for the sake of those outside their community.
Westminster proudly supports three core missions serving with others and for others beyond our walls. These are the key places where we link our lives to the broader community and “do unto others.”
Camp Henry has offered life-transforming experiences to campers, families, and guests since 1937. Located on the shores of Old Lake Kimball in Newaygo, it offers a beautiful natural environment, intentional programs and activities, and outstanding role models for more than 1,500 youth each summer. Camp Henry is a proud host of Camp Sunshine, an empowering and inclusive camping opportunity for individuals with mild to moderate cognitive disabilities.
Downtown Food Pantry
Our Pantry welcomes nearly 100 Heartside residents seeking emergency food assistance every Tuesday and Thursday. Additionally, our church doors are open Monday–Thursday so that our Heartside neighbors can rest, use our facilities, grab some coffee, or make a phone call. To support long-term food security, we are one of seven community partners of Community Food Club, a three-year pilot program offering consumer choice with dignity in a grocery store experience for low-income member households.
Westminster Child Development Center
WCDC has been providing quality childcare to all—members and non-members alike—since 1969. Built on an inclusive atmosphere of trust and kindness, WCDC is NAEYC accredited and provides comprehensive, curriculum-based childcare from six weeks to 12 years. It is the only daycare center in Grand Rapids offering tution with a sliding-scale fee to ensure families of all income levels have access to high-quality care; less than one percent of U.S. churches with daycare centers offer this type of financial assistance.