ABOUT US

2022 Ministry Review

Check out this video snapshot of our ministries at Grace Harbor.  There is a lot going on and to offer you, your children and teens to build relationships and your spiritual life at Grace Harbor!!


Grace Harbor is intergenerational congregation learning to live the abundant and eternal life by faith in and love of Jesus.   We invite you to join us on this journey of Christian faith.  You'll be accepted, loved and challenged to grow.  We hope you'll laugh with us, learn with us, serve with us and worship God with us.  If you're looking for hope and healing, we'll point you to God and support you along the way.  

 

We are striving to be a loving church toward God, one another and towards all in our sphere of influence. This is our purpose in life!  So, wherever you are and wherever you're from, Grace Harbor is a safe place for you to live out your purpose.  We're with you!  You're going to love it!

WHO WE ARE

OUR MISSION

Grace Harbor exists ...

 ... to call people to the journey of faith

... to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ

... to live like Him by sharing His life with others through:

                         Radical Grace

                         Ridiculous Faith

                         Remarkable Love, and

                         unReasonable Generosity

 

 

OUR VISION

To be a loving church where all peole can experience welcome and compassion from God and each other, and be a positive impact in the lives of people and in our community together.  Toward this end, we want to express our purposes in everything we do at Grace Harbor: 

-EQUIP people for the journey of faith (II Pet. 3:18)

-LAUNCH into relationships (John 20:21-23)

-SERVE and GIVE with the love of Jesus. (Matthew 20:26-28)

OUR VALUES

People who are precious to God and called to follow Jesus. (Purpose)

- Life Together where everyone is journeying towards God's best through following Jesus (Unity)

- Change that is essential to the abundant life we are called to in Christ. (Repentance)

- Wholeness that is growing spiritually, physically, emotionally and relationally. (Healing)

- Godliness that grows in passion for God and others. (Holiness)

- Relevance -­‐ Christian faith for the 21st Century that is real, more than religious. (Evangelism)

- Impact that results from living out Christian faith in the world. (Mission)

 

OUR HISTORY

SMALL BEGINNINGS

..     Grace Harbor began in 1886 after a tent meeting was held in Kalamazoo by Sebastian Michels.  The group Michels gathered was a part of a new movement of Bible-believing people based in Grand Junction, MI.  The first pastor of this new church in Kalamazoo was Rev. William Hartman for over 50 years. He led this small group of people who decided to follow Jesus at that first tent meeting. They began meeting in homes, and in 1908, they were given some land on Ransom St., which became the site for the first building of the Kalamazoo Church of God.  In 1920 the church built a new building on N. Rose St. where they worshipped until 1960.  In a grand procession from Rose street to Gorham Lane, they occupied the  building on Gorham lane and became the Westwood Church of God.  In 2014, the church began a revision process by adding the name "Grace Harbor Church" to their identity to indicate the kind of people and church they would become - a welcoming and compassionate people - providing a safe place for all who would join them to follow Jesus.  In January 2024,following the Covid pandemic, the congregation stepped out in faith for the future and exchanged their buidling on Gorham Lane for a new buidling on Alamo Dr. where the congregation currently worships and reaches out to the community.  This unique exchange happened in partnership with the Community Presbyterian Church, by the Grace of God and the unity of believers cross denominationally.  A new season of minstry was begun in this move and the possiblities for growth and impact are many!.

      In the 135 years of it's existence Grace Harbor has enjoyed the leadership of 8 pastors.  

OUR MINISTRY TEAM

Bill Ferguson

Lead Pastor

Pastor Bill came to Grace Harbor as Lead Pastor in June, 2010.  He and Debbie are parents of 6 amazing children, who challenge them to live and proclaim a relevant and inclusive Christian faith for the 21st centurty.  They share a passion for  the underserved both here and abroad.  Pastor Bill's greatest desire is to lead a vibrant and loving church that is a transforming presence in the community. He loves to laugh, travel, cook and eat ethnic foods, watch a good movie or read a good book and play with kids and teens!  

Katie Call

Students and Families

  1. Pastor Katie is a pre-school teacher by vocation with many gifts for public and Christian education.  She began serving at Grace Harbor in 2010 as  Childrens' Pastor and changed roles to Youth Pastor in 2019 after a convention trip with young people.  Katie continutes to oversee Children's Ministry planning and strategy, as well as training leaders and workers.  Ministry wtih Katie is always fun and creative as children and youth learn to follow Jesus.  Katie and Brian have two teenage children who love to travel and go camping with them.  

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Hawkins

Worship - Interim Leader

We're grateful for Mark Hawkin's gifts in worship instrumentally and vocally and his willingness to serve Grace Harbor Church in this interim time.  Mark has mentor numerous young musicians and incorprated them in our worship team over many years.  Mark has a passion for leading worship and bringing out the gifts of others by inviting each on into worship.  Thank you, Mark, for sharing your love for Jesus and worship music with our church family.

Sara Landon

Children and Families

Sara joined the staff at Grace Harbor in late fall of 2020.  She brings passion and skills with kids that combines a love for the stories of the bible and a love for the outdoors.  Sara is mom to two teenage boys.  She loves geocaching, hiking, crochet, and gardening.  

EQUIPPING PEOPLE TO FOLLOW JESUS