Gold Avenue Church

We exist to see God's love changing our hearts,

our neighborhood and the world!

During COVID-19 Social Distancing


Gold Avenue Church Family,

With confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kent County, in order to mitigate the spread of the disease and to uphold the safety of our entire church family, all church building activities from now until further notice are cancelled.  This includes:  Sunday Worship, Gold Rush, Noon Prayer on Wednesday, Prayer Walking, Prayer Ministry Appointments, Team Meetings, outside building rentals of any kind, and other group activities at our church building are suspended until social distancing measures are lifted, at which time we will re-evaluate and communicate clearly.

This decision is not one we take lightly and is not one we make out of fear. On the contrary, “As followers of Jesus Christ, living in this world – which some seek to control and others view with despair – we declare with joy and trust, ‘Our world belongs to God!’”  We also recognize that we have a responsibility to one another and that there are practical steps such as social distancing, handwashing, and sanitizing shared surfaces that we can take to equip us to live out that care and concern – including, in extraordinary circumstances, not gathering with each other.  God’s Word says in 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (NLT)

We recognize that there may be special needs during this time and are here for you to serve and to continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.  You can reach out to us using the following contact info, or you can connect with us on our Facebook Page.

Economic Help – Our Deacons are here to serve, please call/email the church or fill out this form and they will contact you: Deacon Form

Spiritual Help – Care Elders

Questions about the closure or COVID-19 response – Admin Elders

Church Phone – (616) 454-8833

Additionally, we have started a blog that we will use to post updates, encouraging notes, and resources like our Sunday At Home Liturgies and Children’s Worship Lessons.  You can visit the blog at any time by clicking here:

We will continue to be the body of Christ in the midst of these uncertain times, and the ministry of Jesus will not cease. Please click on the link below to view our order of worship that we planned to use Sunday March 15.  We encourage you to go through it with your family, taking part in the prayer times, worship songs, testimony time, sermon, and blessings.

We believe the Lord will guide each member of our church to put the love of Christ into action. We are witnesses to the King and His Kingdom wherever we are.   

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NLT) 

We have an opportunity during this time in history where much of the world is feeling the currents of chaos to proclaim the King’s reign and hope through our words and deeds.  Praise, worship, and prayer are the spiritual weapons God has given to us to fight this battle. We have peace because we are part of the unshakable Kingdom. God cannot be pulled off His throne, nor does anything surprise Him. He is Lord!

We trust in Him and we join in prayer together for His mercy, His grace, His Kingdom to advance, for His will to be done, and His glory to fill the earth!

Join us Sundays at 10 AM

We'd love to meet you!

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Gold Avenue Church is a warm and welcoming place. Whether you are living in the neighborhood, studying here, or visiting from out of town, come as you are to worship, pray, listen to Bible teaching and get connected. There is a safe nursery for babies and toddlers up to 3 years old and Children’s Worship for kids 3-5 years old. Prayer Partners and Deacons are also available to help with spiritual and physical needs. We look forward to connecting with you!

Empowered for Witness

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Empowered for Witness is a 2 year discipleship course which equips believers to cooperate with the Holy Spirit for the advance of the Kingdom of God.  Empowered for Witness takes place Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:30, beginning with a light supper and fellowship, and moving into worship, teaching, and equipping.  The course is broken up into six parts, beginning in February 2020, each one builds on the last so we encourage you to attend all of the courses.

EFW 101: Gateways to Empowered Ministry – February 6-March 12, 2020.   Click here to register for EFW 101

EFW 102: In the Spirit’s Power – April 23-May 28, 2020.  Register after completion of 101.

EFW 103: The Power of Prayer – September 24-October 29, 2020.  Register after completion of 102.

EFW 104: The Healing Ministry of Jesus – February 4-March 11, 2021.  Register after completion of 103.

EFW 105: Spiritual Warfare – April 22-May 27, 2021. Register after completion of 104.

EFW 106: Listening Evangelism – September 30-November 4, 2021. Register after completion of 105.

Click here to download the brochure

Join us at Gold Avenue Church, we look forward to seeing you here!


We want to hear from you

Do you have a question, a prayer request, or a way that we might serve you? Let us know! We are here to serve people and would love to listen and pray with you.

Office hours vary because our staff make it a priority to be out in the community. If you would like to reach a specific staff member, let our office staff know and they will help make that connection. Contact us by phone, email or by filling in the form to the right. We look forward to hearing from you!

(616) 454-8833

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Church Staff


Dave Westra


Gina Dick


Mark Essenburg
Outreach & Enfolding


Jaleesa Stanford
Pastor of Care & Connections


Stephanie McClain
Spiritual Growth & Communication


Toni Houtsra

Real People, Real Stories

Vic's Story

Life has joys and struggles. We all are looking for love and purpose and meaning in life. At Gold Avenue Church, we see God’s love changing hearts and lives regularly.
Some of our stories are less dramatic than others, but each person who knows Jesus is being changed for the better. We want to introduce you to Vic, one of our members. In this video, you will hear about the radical love and power of God to heal and renew lives.

What's your story?

Perhaps you are wondering how to use your skills to help others. Are you going to college nearby? Maybe you are new to Grand Rapids and are checking out churches. Perhaps you are going through a hard time and would like to talk.
Do you have questions about Jesus and His story? We would welcome the chance to hear your story and explore what Jesus’ story might mean for you.

About Us



The Gold Avenue church family is a group of people who are active in our community and world. We get out in the neighborhood and offer to pray with neighbors.  We also love to collaborate with other businesses and ministries in the area and around the world.

Core Values


We exist to see the love of God change our hearts, our neighborhood and the world.


Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we each use our gifts to embody, proclaim, and advance the Kingdom of God.


In Person

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49 Gold Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504


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