Westminster Presbyterian Church

Grand Rapids’ downtown Presbyterian church. Absolutely everyone is welcome. Grand Rapids, MI
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Westminster Presbyterian Church

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47 Jefferson Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 456-1456


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Who We Are

Absolutely everyone is welcome. We don’t assume you to be Christian; we only hope to be Christian towards you.

Founded in 1861, Westminster is a metropolitan church in every sense of the word. From our location in the heart of Grand Rapids, we attract a diverse congregation from all parts of the city. We believe that this diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Westminster Presbyterian Church is a community of Christians committed to the common purpose of praising God, learning from God’s Word, and offering a service and witness to our community and the world.

About Us

Traditional Liturgy, Downtown, Creative, Inclusive, Historic, Multigenerational, Young

Social Justice, Faith and Work, Children's Ministry, Young Adults, Youth Group, Choir, Missions, Nursery, Adult Education, Food Pantry, Daycare, Seniors Ministry

Organ, Traditional Hymns

Presbyterian (PCUSA)




Our Services

What are services like?
Our services have a traditional, liturgical form with genuine warmth and thoughtful, emotional resonance that empowers genuine human connection. In our understanding, the audience of worship is God. As such, we do our best not to make it a performance, but rather a participatory, community experience that uses traditional forms and contemporary language. And music is a foundational part of our worship. From our Sanctuary Choir and Westminster Winds ensemble to symphonic orchestras and guitar solos, Westminster is a congregation united in praising God through music and song. Each service at Westminster lasts about an hour.

What is the community like?
We often describe ourselves as a “community of exiles.” Many people who have come to Westminster have been ostracized or marginalized from some place in their lives, and this seems to be part of who we are. We’re far from perfect at offering a safe place, but it is our deepest hope that we might pass along the solace we’ve found as a community. We advocate for all who worship with us—regardless of history, lifestyle, gender, race, sexual orientation, etc.—to have a safe and welcoming place to worship the risen Jesus Christ. Westminster is a place where people can be free to be afraid. You won’t be judged here. We are open and welcoming towards members of the LGBTQ community, many of whom are longtime members at Westminster.

What if I'm not a Christian?
Because we’re a Christian church, absolutely everyone is welcome. We don’t assume or presume you to be Christian; we only hope to be Christian towards you. In our culture, there’s a lot of public misuse of Christian and religious language; we hope that won’t delude or exclude you from joining us. You can be angry at God, not think there’s a God, afraid of dying, going through a divorce, completely upset about church, or completely excited to worship. If you’re any of these things, you’re one among many who are just like you and are sitting in the pew on Sunday. No matter who you are or what you carry with you through the door, we hope to welcome you, just as we ourselves have felt welcomed. We hope and pray that we will serve you with Christ-like love, humility, and integrity.


Chandler Stokes

Chandler Stokes

Chandler is Westminster’s senior pastor, primary preacher, and head of staff. Chandler loves preaching, the experience of leading worship, and the privilege of being part of people’s lives at both their highest and lowest points. As the head of Session, the ruling body of the church, he encourages a community of spiritually-rich lay leadership. Chandler came to Westminster from California. Born in the east and raised in the west, with a short stint in Germany as a teenager, most of his education was in the University of California system, where he studied calculus, physics, philosophy and religion—graduating in the last. In the midst of off-and-on schooling, he worked as a singer-songwriter, mostly in Colorado. Karen, his life-partner of 33 years, is a Presbyterian minister, musician, and mother of their two sons: Jeremy, who is married to Jesse and lives in Grand Rapids; and Dusty, a physicist who lives and works in Philadelphia and Boston.

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