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Expanding Grace

Extending the Path to a Degree With Purpose in Faith, Community and Career.

While many Bible colleges are declining or closing, Grace’s enrollment is increasing. That’s why we’re inviting you to partner with us in this capital campaign to improve facilities and technology and expand scholarships, so we can accept even more students who want to serve Christ and need the education and preparation Grace provides.

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Teaching And Modeling God’s Expanding Grace

Uniquely Grace

In ever-changing economic times and along with higher education trends, many Bible colleges shifted their focus to Christian liberal arts. Grace is committed to remain a Bible-focused university where all students take a core of biblical courses, whether pursuing an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree.

“Because Grace Christian University is getting more and more students, we need more teachers and better buildings. We need to keep pace with technology for effective teaching. This capital campaign is a complete necessity. Without it, we’d decline or possibly even fail to exist.”

former Grace president, former Grace Ministries International executive director, current adjunct theology professor.

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God’s Challenging Us Again To Expand Grace

Our enrollment has outpaced our physical facilities and bandwidth and some students can’t picture themselves in our aging facilities. Some kitchen appliances date back to 1961, and repairing them is expensive. Our dorms were built in the 1960s and should be updated to meet current student expectations.

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Expanding Grace: First Steps of Faith



Improve facilities and technology: $2,350,000

Plans call for removing seven houses to build townhouse-style dormitories that will house 80 students. This housing will be contiguous to Grace Christian University’s existing campus. New student housing benefits include:

  • Enhanced image. All Grace students and visitors will be able to see the new housing while entering and exiting the campus.
  • More parking. The expansion will allow for valuable additional o -street parking for student vehicles.
  • Convenient access. New student housing will be across the street from the Dr. Jack Dean Academic Center.
  • Competitive recruiting. New student housing will match competitively with housing at area colleges, so Grace Christian University can better attract and retain quality students.
  • Greater community. More students will experience the bene ts of a close-knit community. Incoming freshmen will be more eager to attend Grace Christian University when they can move into clean, inviting, new dorm rooms.

Specific benefits of the remodeled dining hall and kitchen include:

  • Additional workspace. Increased kitchen preparation space will decrease preparation times, saving time and money.
  • Reliable equipment. With new appliances, sta can achieve consistent cooking results and meet student expectations for on-time meals.
  • Improved traffic flow. Remodeling the dining hall will remove bottlenecks, so diners can get food and beverages more quickly.

Specific benefits of improved technology include:

  • Improved connectivity and campus access. Students will be able to access online university resources no matter where they are.
  • Consistent technology platforms. Uniform classroom technology empowers professors to focus on the main thing— conveying knowledge.
  • Expanded Security Surveillance. New equipment will reinforce Grace’s reputation as a very safe campus and improve incident investigations.

Grace Fund (scholarships): $1,500,000

The amazing gospel of God’s grace reaches across every ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic barrier. The Bible promises us that heaven will be full of people from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation. That’s why we want to increase scholarships and academic support for more of God’s children. The first phase will allow us to fund more scholarships for pastoral and ministry students, as well as underrepresented and international students. It will create strong support systems for students who are low- income, underprepared by high school, or the first in their family to attend a university.

Campaign expenses: $150,000

“My father, Pastor Kizombo Kalumbula Sr., received his high school diploma at age 36. He came to Grace as an international student, the first in his family to attend college. He received financial assistance. My older brother, Pastor Kizombo Kalumbula Jr., and I also received financial support to attend Grace. I thank God for generous donations to Grace by what the Old Testament calls tsaddiquim, Hebrew for righteous people who sacrifice for the common good.

People don’t always realize what happens when they steward their money, resources, and assets to support the mission and vision of Grace. They are not only serving a single student. They are impacting generations. While at Grace, I learned that my demography (poor, immigrant, and a once-homeless young black male) did not have to be my destiny. I repeat that message daily to my colleagues and our principals, teachers, and students.”

Grand Rapids Public Schools curriculum and instruction supervisor.

Completing the Rest of the Master Plan


  • Adding townhouses for 200 more students
  • Remodeling the current 80-bed residence halls
  • Expanding the student commons
  • Expanding the chapel to make room for the worship arts program
  • Expanding the Jack T. Dean Academic Building
  • Renovating the current worship arts space into a learning center
  • Constructing administrative offices
  • Renovating and expanding the Aldrich Athletic Center
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“My wife (Phyl) and I are really impressed with Grace’s biblical focus and President Kemper’s leadership and direction. People there truly care about graduating godly individuals prepared to serve Christ in church and society. It’s exciting to be part of one of the fastest growing Bible universities in the country. The capital campaign will help Grace make upgrades to accommodate needs of additional students.”

Dickinson Press VP of Finance (retired), Grace board of directors

Expanding Grace Capital Campaign Leadership

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Dr. Ken B. Kemper
Grace Christian University president

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Dale Day
Campaign chair

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Ami Walker
Campaign chair

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Randy Zandbergen
Campaign chair

J.C. Huizenga
National Heritage Academies, Inc.

Jerry Hop
J & H Oil Co.

Wendell Christoff
Litehouse, Inc.

Endorsement Council

John Booy, Superintendent, The Potter’s House

Paul Buiten, Buiten and Associates, LLC

Guillermo Cisneros, Executive Director, West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Jeremy Clark, J.D., Executive Director, Grace Ministries International

Dr. DeWayne A. Coxon and Lexie K. Coxon, Minister and Founder, Blossoming Rose

Mike Gilpin, Co-Owner, FASTSIGNS of Grand Rapids

John Irwin, President, Huntington Bank-West Michigan Region

Mark Kooistra, Lumbermen’s Inc.

Chief Kim Koster, Director of Public Safety, City of Wyoming

Ryan Pylman, Partner, Buiten and Associates, LLC

John Spooner, Pastor, Rush Creek Bible Church

Lew Vander Meer, Pastor, New Community Church

Rob VerHeulen, Michigan House of Representatives

Dr. Samuel Vinton, Former President, Grace Christian University, Professor

Joseph Vogan, J.D., Partner, Varnum, LLP

Steve Wendt, President, Wendt and Associates

Randy Zylstra, President/CEO, Wedgwood Christian Services

Ways to Give

The Expanding Grace campaign is seeking $4 million in community philanthropy to help fund campus improvements and scholarship support for our students.

Please prayerfully consider how you will help us achieve this important goal!

For further information, please contact Stephen Gowdy at sgowdy@gracechristian.edu, (616) 261-8565 or Ami Walker at awalker@gracechristian.edu, (616) 264-6668.