ABOUT US


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 jounrey 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 all who would join us in this adventure of loving community and impact.  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!

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT

MY CHURCH

- Katie 

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 positively impact the lives of people and 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 present building and became the Westwood Church of God.  In 1980, a tornado destroyed a large part of the building, but it was rebuilt with an additional wing and a new Sanctuary.  In September, 2014, following a revisioning process, the name was changed to Grace Harbor and the current season of minstry was begun.

      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 good movie or read a good book and play with kids and teens!  

Diane Tultz

Connections 

Pastor Diane came to Grace Harbor in January, 2000.  Her passion is to make sure everyone who enters our church feels welcomed and loved so they might become a disciple or follower of Jesus. She preaches, leads disciple-making groups and serves our congregation and community willingly and often.

Jason Hitchcock

Worship 

Pastor Jason served as Music Pastor from 2002-2010 and returned in 2019 after a role in church planting.  His musical gifts, passion and love for people is evident in worship leadership, and mentoring young leaders.  Jason is a self-proclaimed "picker!"  Although that might sound like a skill on the guitar, he has a keen eye for antiques and other novel items from the past.

Katie Call

Students and Families

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.  

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.  

Elise Ripmaster

Office Administration

Elise began in the office in 2007 after serving Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids.  It might be better to list what Elise hasn't done at the church to get at her wide range of abilities and experience!  She provides a broad oversight of our ministries, facilities, community partners and ministry resource preparations.  Undoubtedly, she gained many of these skills to serve the church by raising, nuturing, scheduling and keeping up with her two young adult sons throughout her life.  Elise enjoys musical theater productions, travel and summers at the family cottage up north.

EQUIPPING PEOPLE TO FOLLOW JESUS