Our Story

Our doors opened in 1910, making us the first Nazarene church established in Michigan. We have a rich legacy of responding to the prompting of the Spirit to share Christ with our community and world. Nearly 20 years ago, we sensed God’s call to plant three churches, sending out nearly one hundred from our congregation to the north, east and west of the city. Today those churches; High Pointe Community and Bridgeway Community and Grand Rapids International (Haitian congregation) are thriving, reaching out to their communities in the name of Christ.

After the sending, we refocused our ministries to reach our multi-cultural community, changing our name from First Church to Grand Rapids International Fellowship. The primary reason we exist is to introduce people to Christ, encourage them to have a personal relationship with Him and to live a life set apart to serve God.

At Grand Rapids International Fellowship, it is our intention to purposefully establish ministries to reach across cultures. With God’s help, we’re striving to become the kind of church described in the Bible. It is our desire to be a place where there is constant prayer, relevant teaching, genuine worship, honest friendships, and compassionate caring for those in need.

We realize that we will make some mistakes along the way; however, it is with thankful hearts that our mission – “To connect people in our multicultural community to Jesus Christ, and together, grow in full devotion to Him,” is becoming a reality.

So, whether you are just starting to ask questions about God, or are a committed Christian who wants to deepen your faith, we hope you will find your church home at Grand Rapids International Fellowship.