You can tell a lot about a church by their story. Past and present, ours is a story about faith. God’s faith in his people and faith of his people in God.
In early 1978, we are eleven Christ followers crowded in a small house. Each of us sharing God’s vision of spreading Christ’s message in southeast Grand Rapids. Pastor Joe Smith leads this growing group in 1980 as we build and meet at Alta Dale Drive. Pastor Jeff Manion, with new bride Chris, agrees to serve as the interim Senior Pastor in 1983.
God has gifted Pastor Jeff with a unique preaching style to teach the Bible in an approachable way. Through this, God grows our little church to over 100 people. We outgrow the meeting house on Alta Dale Drive. Believing that God is at work, in a leap of faith, our Elders sell the first location and buy a three-acre parcel on Ada Drive. God continues to bring more people while we meet at a local high school and build for over a year.
Our church becomes known for dynamic children’s ministry, foundational small groups and transformational teaching. Sunday mornings grow to three services including one meeting off-site at a nearby high school. Church attendance is around 900 men, women and children in 1998. And God faithfully pushes and provides. With little extra room, God leads our Elders to sell the Ada Drive building and, once again, we move into temporary space at a local high school. We purchase 61 acres on the corner of Cascade Road and Quiggle Avenue and build what is now called Cascade Campus.
Over 1500 men, women and children are regularly attending three services when the new building opens in 2000. But God has bigger plans for us. Numbers spike and expansion is again a necessity. We add children’s classrooms, office space and more video venues upstairs.
We find growth is a mixed blessing. Weekend services are packed. Children’s programs are at capacity. People find it hard to invite friends. But God provides a solution. Several in fact.
We said this is a story about faith. God consistently grows our church in size but he also provides the means to do so. Thanks to faithful giving, each new location is paid off in miraculous time. God grows and provides for our now-not-so-little church time and again. May we continue to see God’s faithfulness in the past, present and future. May we continue being faithful to God in all that he entrusts us to do.
Part of our story is living by our five core organizational values.
We value simple structures and clear communication. We use language everyone can understand.
We value sacrificially investing in the well-being of others.
We value doing what we say and saying what we do.
We value making connections that help move people towards Christ-likeness.
We value making those on the outside feel like they are on the inside. We like to say, “Ada Bible is a comfortable place to hear a dangerous message.”
All of us believe in something or someone. Beliefs help us guide our lives and helps others understand who we are. Here is what We Believe…