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HistoryEdit

Highland Hills Christian Reformed Church was organized in 1950. It merged with Alpine Avenue CRC to form Westend CRC in 1992.

Historical DetailsEdit

LocationEdit

1015 Westend Avenue NW], Grand Rapids, MI 49504 (built 1950, now Westend CRC)

PastorsEdit

  1. Jacob D. Eppinga, 1951-54
  2. A. C. De Jong, 1954-60
  3. N. L. Veltman, 1962-67
  4. M. R. Doornobos, 1968-77
  5. J. F. De Vries, 1977-83
  6. K. J. Nydam, 1981-84
  7. John Hofman Jr., 1984-90

Membership OverviewEdit

Highland Hills CRC got off to a fast start, growing from 50 families to 150 over about a dozen years - and thanks to the Baby Boom, the number of baptized, non-professing members brought total membership past the 700 mark before 1960. There was a rapid decline in non-professing members starting in the late 1960s as these children made profession of faith and went off to college and jobs, often taking them away from Highland Hills.

There was a second membership spike around 1980, followed by a period of steady decline. My best guess is that this was due to the a second generation of home owners with children moving into the neighborhood, displacing first generation empty nesters, and then seeing their own children grow and leave the nest.

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Membership data, Highland Hills 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, Highland Hills 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, Highland Hills 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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