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We celebrate the diversity of God’s creation and affirm that each person has special worth as a unique creation in God’s image. All are welcome to worship here and to come into relationship with the church’s life and work. We thank God for the blessing, the challenge, and the joy that we experience in both our unity and our diversity.
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Local Church Grand Rapids MI

August 18, 2021 With the most recent rise in COVID Delta Variant numbers in Kent County and across the country, the East Church Council has decided we will require masks to be worn when we are gathering in the building. This measure is an expression of love and care for one another, especially our children and at risk members of the community. East Church will continue to meet in person on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and offer live streaming of worship services via YouTube. We encourage everyone to heed the CDC recommended precautions to keep others and yourself safe from this disease. If you have been recently exposed to COVID or are experiencing symptoms please remain home and seek medical care if needed. This mask requirement will stay in place until the area numbers return to lower levels, in accordance with CDC and Kent County Health Department recommendations. Thank you for your understanding, Rev. Laurie Crelly and the East Church Council

In light of the recent COVID-19 events, we have created a YouTube channel for our church services. Click the link below to check it out.

WE Believe

We seek to find shared beliefs that unite us in covenant and celebrate a wide variety of faith traditions.

Every Sunday


Rev. Laurie Crelly

1005 Giddings Ave SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

A place to belong

At East Church we’re life-long friends, new friends, family, neighborhood-close, suburb-far, young, old, single, married, kids, retired, Open and Affirming, traditional, open-minded… well, you get the idea.

Our Mission

“Empowering God’s community to grow in faith through worship, service, and learning at every age.”


East Church provides shelter for homeless families, staffs a neighborhood food pantry, and runs a community resale shop.  More on community service at East Church.

We are located in the Ottawa Hills neighborhood and participate in many nearby community events like the annual Fourth of July Hollyhock Parade and Garden Tour.

Join us for yoga

Class takes place every Monday from 7:00 – 8:15pm and costs $10. Tori Dean teaches the class and her email is torileedean@gmail.com. Please feel free to contact her directly if you have any questions.

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MEet Our Staff

We journey together, leading our community of faith with a spirit of unity.

Rev. Laurie Crelly



Bren Elliot, M.a.

Youth Ministries Director


Jameson Thompson

Director of music & arts


Becca Johnson

Director of christian education for children


curtis prussner



Primary Communities Served

Grand Rapids

East Grand Rapids

Ottawa Hills

East Town