Near century’s end, the neighborhoods around Central were in transition, and many people judged that Central’s downtown location was more of a liability than an asset. The majority of the members were driving in from the suburbs, often passing a number of excellent worship alternatives on the way. Central, however, remained committed to its core city location.
Now, in the second decade of the 21st century, downtown Grand Rapids is experiencing rapid growth in business, entertainment, and health care (the so-called “medical mile” is within easy walking distance from Central), and there are countless new and renovated housing options all around the church. The New York Times Travel section listed Grand Rapids as number 20 on its list of 52 places to go in 2016.
Central is well-situated, in terms of both location and spirit, to continue its ministry of reaching out with God’s all-embracing love. We invite you to join us in writing the next chapter of Central’s history.