We believe that one of the exciting things about God is the fact that He chooses to work through us to make a difference in this world. At Hillside we do that in a number of ways and through a number of both local and global partnerships. Discover some of the ways you might be able to join us in impacting our community and our world.



This ministry connects Hillside members in mentoring relationships with kids from Townline Elementary School (part of the Kentwood school system).

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God Questions
God Questions is for everyone who wants to explore life’s big questions. Everyone has a big question, and God Questions invites you to ask explore with us your question. All across the globe over 20 mil people experienced God Questions in churches, bars, coffee shops, offices and homes. A typical God Question night at Hillside includes dinner, a time of singing, a short talk about the Christian faith, and a time to share your thoughts. There is no pressure and no charge. Bring a friend as you join us!

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Safe Families for Children helps parents experiencing a temporary crisis by providing a loving Christian family with whom their children may stay until the crisis has passed. For more information:  www.bethany.org/misafefamilies or email misafefamilies@bethany.org

Zumba is an international inspired dance fitness class. At Hillside, it is for women of all dance and fitness levels. Even if you “can’t dance” you CAN Zumba! So get off the couch and be ready to shrink everything but your smile! Meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. Laura Diepstra, email: lediepstra@gmail.com;

Hillside Church has an indoor hitting facility with ten hitting bays that are open to the community and to the high school golf teams during the winter. On every Monday night in February we offer a Golf Clinic led by a team of Golf Pros coming from three golf courses in our area: StoneWater Country Club, Railside Country Club, and The Pines Golf Course. The Golf Clinic is open for all ages and genders.

During the golfing season StoneWater Country Club partners with Hillside Community Church in a Golf League, meeting on Monday nights at StoneWater Country Club.

This is a Bible Club for kids that is help each Tuesday afternoon during the school year. This ministry is focused on children who would otherwise have no other way to learn about the love of God.



We partner with Streams of Hope in their mission to demonstrate God’s love and foster sustainable change through services that build relationships, meet family needs, and promote a healthier community. To learn more click here

The Pantry has made a significant commitment to feeding the hungry! For more than 20 years they have operated a community food pantry.  We at Hillside participate with a food drive for The Pantry on the 2nd Sunday of every month. For more info click here.

Celebrating the activity of God in our midst, the mission of Access of West Michigan is to be a faith-based leader in linking congregational, individual, and community resources to eliminate hunger and reduce the impact of poverty in Kent County. We at Hillside partner with ACCESS through offerings and supporting ACCESS activities such as their annual food drive. For more info click here.

VIS works with deacons, churches, individuals, and other church leaders to help them reveal their gifts. For more info click here.



Katherine serves with the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO), a campus ministry organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She partners with Christ Community Church of the South Hills to reach out to college students on the campus of Point Park University.  Katherine grew up at Hillside and we are excited to see God at work through her! You can learn more at www.ccojubilee.org, or by contacting her directly at 110 E. North Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15212412-716-4702klsikma@gmail.com

Rev. Chan Thleng is a pastor at the Christian Reformed Church in Myanmar (this country was formerly known as Burma). While Chan was attending seminary in Grand Rapids, Hillside was his home church and we have continued to partner with him as he has returned to Myanmar to develop and train other pastors while he leads the church. You can contact Chan at: 951/C Gone Myint Thar Yar Lane, East Ywama, Insein Township,Yangon, Myanmar, Chan.reformedmyanmar@gmail.com

Thad is another one of our missionaries who grew up at Hillside. He is currently working with Dr. John Perkins in Jackson, Mississippi. Thad’s work involves helping to develop youth programs such as After School Tutorial, Summer Arts Camp, Junior and College Internship Program, Good News Bible Club, Young Life and Jubilee Youth Garden. Thad can be contacted at: Spencer Perkins Center in Jackson, Mississippi 1803 Robinson Street Jackson, MS 39209 thad.winkle@gmail.com

Win Gritter is a missionary for Christian Reformed World Missions who has served in many places around the world—Taiwan, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, Grand Rapids and many other places. Win partners with churches in developing their Christian Education programs and also teaches church leaders and pastors as she travels. Win is a member of Hillside and has recently led mission teams from Hillside to Cuba both to teach music and English as a second language. You can contact Win at: Win Gritter 1516 37th St. SW Wyoming, MI  49508 auntneewin@aol.com

John and Elaine DeJager are also Hillside members who have spent a lifetime in Christian ministry. In 2004, John and Elaine founded Partners In Learning Across Cultures, a ministry that aims to place High School students from around the world in high achieving Christian learning environments, preparing them for post-high school education careers and/or vocations. They work with students from South Korea, China, Japan, Vietnam and Brazil, and are continuing to expand their services. You can contact the DeJagers at: Partners in Learning 2065 Treeridge Dr. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508 (616) 246 6302 johndj@comcast.net  jadj@iserv.net  www.partnersinlearning.org

Lunise, a resident of Haiti, has been working for World Renew in Haiti since 2011 in the role of Country Consultant. She works with several Haitian partner organizations to help them carry out programs in adult literacy, micro-finance and deacon training. You can reach her at: c/o World Renew, 2850 Kalamazoo Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI  49560


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