In the early 1990’s God’s desire and passion to reach people with the Gospel permeated the hearts of a group of people, moving them to bold action. The result was the birth of Ridge Point Community Church in March of 1993. This was the beginning of a journey that continues today in communities all across Southwestern Michigan and the world.
This group of about 200 people began a new faith community on a Monday. They had nothing to “do” church with and by Sunday, through God’s grace, they were supplied with the equipment and resources they needed to start the journey that has resulted in the flourishing faith community of Ridge Point.
During the next four years the weekend services, children’s ministry and staff offices were located in several different places including the Knickerbocker theatre on 8th street in Holland, Holland West Middle School, Crown Motors near the airport, Ottawa and Allegan County Rehab buildings on east 8th street and a tent on 104th Avenue where our current campus now stands. The building was constructed in June of 1997 with the most recent expansion being built in 2005. Since then, Ridge Point has expanded with a new auditorium added to its home base in 2009 and two satellite locations with the ministry at Moran Park on Pine and 22nd Street in Holland, and RP48, a college based ministry near GVSU’s Allendale campus serving students through their involvement in mission work.
The last 20 years have truly been a spiritual journey. The story of Ridge Point is one of grace; about finding a safe place in a group, taking risks as you work in ministry, finding freedom from addiction and healing from abuse and other sources of pain. Everything leading up to what Ridge Point is today has fostered a community where His passion for reaching those who don’t know Him burns in the hearts of those motivated to take risks, be authentic and grow in the likeness of Jesus through reaching out to those around us.
As we look back on God’s faithfulness and look forward to His continued faithfulness – we cling to the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 4: 5-7:
Remember, our Message is not about ourselves: we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master… we carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us.
It’s God’s story. It’s not our own.