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HistoryEdit

Creston Christian Reformed Church was sponsored by Coldbrook (now Beckwith Hills) CRC northeast of Coldbrook's original location. It organized in 1915.

Historical DetailsEdit

LocationsEdit

  1. Page Hall, 1431 Plainfield NE (1915-17)
  2. Shenahan Hall, 1418 Plainfield NE (1917)
  3. 238 Spencer Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 (built 1917)

PastorsEdit

  1. Karst Bergsma, 1916-23
  2. W. Groen, 1924-26
  3. Henry Verduin, 1926-46
  4. W. P Brink, 1948-52
  5. R. O. De Groot, 1953-59
  6. W. Hendriksen, 1961-65
  7. J. W. Uitvlugt, 1966-71
  8. J. Dykstra, 1972-82
  9. D. A. Kamper, 1974-78
  10. Donald J. Van Beek, 1983-present

Daughter ChurchesEdit

  1. Riverside, 1953

Membership OverviewEdit

Creston grew steadily until 1925, when it stabilized at about 580 members. A decade of decline began in 1936, and membership hovered around the 500 mark through 1963. Then came a long period of decline, which ended in 1985. The church grew 14% from 1985 to 1991, in part due to the highest birth rate in a long time.

Creston's future looked bleak between 1971 and 1980, with a youth ratio of 19 to 21% - dangerously low. This represents the longest period with a low youth ratio and the lowest youth ratio of any surviving congregation. Things seem to turn around for a while circa 1990. The current youth ratio of 34% is average, and it has been increasing since 1978. This coupled with a high birth rate should overshadow the high death rate.

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Membership data, Creston CRC, Grand Rapids, MI

Membership DataEdit

Green (lower) line shows membership in families; blue (middle), professing members; red (top), total members; and magenta (thin), non-professing members.

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Youth ratio, Creston CRC, Grand Rapids, MI

Youth RatioEdit

Red line shows nonprofessing members as a percentage of total membership.

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Five year growth rate, Creston CRC, Grand Rapids, MI

Five Year Growth RateEdit

Red line shows five year growth rate. A five year growth rate between 10% and -10% is considered stable; greater than 10% indicates a growing congregation; one below -10% indicates a church in decline. This makes no allowance for daughter churches.

Data source: Yearbooks of the Christian Reformed Church. Dates are year prior to publication date since data is gathered at the end of one year and published in the next.

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