Our mission is to worship God, to follow Jesus Christ, to grow together in the Holy Spirit, and to serve the world.
Holy Spirit opened in May 2003 as a mission parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan, in the former St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Sparta. The congregation was made up of families from St. Matthew’s, an Episcopal parish founded in 1955 in Sparta, and families from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids who volunteered to help start a new church plant.
In 2005, our congregation moved to its current location at the corners of Post and Pine Island drives in Belmont. Our building itself has a long history of service to the community. The building’s core is the old Post School, which served as a one-room schoolhouse from the 1880s until well into the 20th century. The building also has served as an administrative building for the Comstock Park school district, and at least one other church.
Today, we are a healthy, stable, small and growing congregation. We come from different backgrounds, income levels, family structures, and religious viewpoints. Most of us, after visiting, stayed when we felt the warm and accepting atmosphere and experienced genuine worship. We found Holy Spirit to be a place in which exercising our skills was encouraged. We all come from someplace else, bringing a richness of diversity. Therefore, there is no division between the “old” and the “new” as we are all working together to grow and nurture the place we have been given.
The Episcopal Church is a part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, comprising 80 million members in 44 regional and national member churches in more than 160 countries.
About Mother Nurya Love Parish, Priest-in-Charge
Mother Nurya currently is co-founding Plainsong Farm, a farm and ministry in Rockford which grows food for people and people for God. The farm has just completed its first growing season and received a Mission Enterprise Zone grant from the Episcopal Church. Among its ministries is Grow Christians, a website which encourages and inspires families in the practice of faith. Prior to her current ministry, she served St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Grand Rapids, as their associate priest since 2011. She has been in ministry since 1997 when she moved to Michigan as a church planter following graduation from Harvard Divinity School and ordination as a Christian pastor in the Unitarian Universalist Association. She later served Fountain Street Church in downtown Grand Rapids, where she also began attending daily Morning Prayer at St. Mark’s. A decade ago she left her prior denomination, joined the Episcopal Church, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2011. She is a member of Diocesan Council, a deputy to General Convention, and the Province V representative to the Episcopal Church’s Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation. She lives in Ada with her husband and children.