We open our doors and our hearts to anyone wanting to know Christ and take part in our community. No matter the race, orientation, gender, anything. Everyone is welcome at First Presbyterian Church.
“We are called to celebrate God’s grace as a Christ-centered community of acceptance, growing in faith and living as Christ’s hands to serve.”
This is our mission statement that we say at the end of every worship service. Specifically, we believe:
First Presbyterian Church of Grand Haven belongs to the Presbyterian Church USA. You can learn more about the PC(USA) here.
AHistory of the First Presbyterian Church of Grand Haven
For over 170 years, First Presbyterian Church has been a telling presence in the Tri-Cities and beyond. The church was founded by the Rev. William Ferry in 1836, who settled here after floating down the Grand River on a canoe trip. Inspired by the natural beauty of the area and by the local need for spiritual leadership, he conducted the first worship service on November 2, 1834 in a local trading post. As interest grew, Grand Haven’s first church was formally established eighteen months later. William Ferry was also Grand Haven’s first mayor and post-master. Ferry Street in Grand Haven and the city of Ferrysburg are named for the Ferry family.
A window in our current sanctuary depicts the four buildings which have been home to our growing congregation. The window pictures the trading post in which the first worship service was held, the first building that was built on our current site in 1885, the “church house” that was built in 1911, and our current sanctuary which was built in 1955. Just as the Rev. Ferry’s first sermon was based on the text, “Do not despise small beginnings” (Zechariah 4:10), so the window pictures an acorn and an oak leaf. Great things can come from small beginnings.
Rev. Dr. Troy Hauser Brydon
Senior Pastor/Head of Staff
Rev. Dr. Troy Hauser Brydon is the Senior Pastor/Head of Staff, which means he writes sermons, visits with people over coffee, runs meetings (lots and lots of meetings), oversees the fantastic staff, reads books, and writes emails (lots and lots of emails). You’ll even see him living out his rock’n’roll dreams in the Gathering Band or singing with the choir (but he does that for fun, not work).
Rev. Kristine Aragon Bruce
Rev. Kristine Aragon Bruce Is the Associate Pastor, which means she doesn’t have to write as many emails and sermons as Rev. Dr. Troy Hauser Brydon but does have the privilege of working with the amazing staff and engaging in ministry alongside members of First Presbyterian Church.
The Session consists of Elders elected by the congregation to oversee the ministry and mission of the church. Current Elders are: Randy Abraham, Carroll Bennink, Evie Bosman, Tom Creswell, Amy Geren, Kim Goldman, John Heinritz, Brock Hesselsweet, Ken Jackson, Mike Johnson, Joan Klaasen, Keith Marks, Damon McLaughlin, Amy Miller, Courtney Ransford, Dan Qualls, Jane Stoepker, Don Timmer, Melanie Ver Duin, Ann White, and Tom Wood.
Deacons are elected by the congregation to connect with and care for our homebound members and anyone in need of extra encouragement and support. Our current Deacons are: Bob Day, Falecha Beveridge, Barb Boyer, Marge Coffey, Gale DeKleine, Betty Jo Enell, Moni Franks, Linda Green, Jodie LaVercombe, Carrie & Shawn Ledet, Jeff and Jennifer Lynn, Ron Mass, Paul McNergney, Cindy Podorsek, Cathy Rusco, Sara Shambarger, Becky Steinhauer, June Swart, Melissa VerHage, and Gail Winters.
We are called to celebrate God's grace as a Christ-centered community of acceptance, growing in faith and living as Christ's hands to serve.