Our story begins on September 11, 2015, when three families began to meet as a small group for the first time. As they studied God’s word together, they began to dream of more churches committed to the Scripture, the Reformed faith, warm fellowship, bold and winsome gospel proclamation, and loving service to the Kalamazoo community. They also hoped for a church that would intentionally reach students at Western Michigan University and the other college campuses. They were united above all else in their desire to see more Bible-believing and outward-facing churches in the area.
In December of that same year, these three families began to speak with the Great Lakes Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Through these conversations, they were connected with University Reformed Church, a church in East Lansing, MI with a history of successful ministry at Michigan State University. After prayer and thoughtful deliberation, URC agreed to serve as the mother church for a new PCA church plant in Kalamazoo.
In February of 2016, two elders from URC began to lead a Bible study with these families twice a month on Friday evenings. Over time, other individuals and families began to join these studies. Later that fall, URC formed a search committee to call a church planter to lead this growing fellowship. That process led to the call of Rev. Neil Quinn, a PCA minister who had grown up at URC and was now ministering in Chicagoland (to learn more about Neil and his family, please see his bio on our leadership page).
Pastor Neil and his family joyfully accepted the call and officially began this new adventure on Feb.1, 2017. Over the course of 2017, the group continued to grow. On September 10, 2017, we switched from meeting every other Friday evening at a local school to meeting every Sunday evening at Kanley Chapel, on the campus of Western Michigan University. On January 7, 2018, we began morning worship services with our core group, and we held our first public worship service on September 16, 2018. We currently meet at Kalamazoo Christian Elementary School every Sunday morning at 10 AM. We are excited to see all that the Lord will do in us and through us in the coming years.