It all Starts on Sundays

An easy way to get to know our church is to attend a Sunday morning service (Sundays, 10:00 a.m.). Our worship services are shaped around the preaching and reading of the Bible. Every service brings a specific Bible passage to life through our sermon, music, prayers and readings. At First Church we worship in a “liturgical” style, which means every service includes elements that represent God’s words for us and our response to God. Our worship services are highly interactive, with classic hymns, contemporary songs, responsive readings and prayers, and a message that explains the Bible in context and relates it to our culture.

Our worship services are accessible to participants of all ages. If you have younger children, we provide up-to-date, well-staffed nursery facilities, as well as a concurrent worship service for young children.

Accessibility is a priority for our worshiping community. All of our worship materials are digitally projected to make it easier for visitors to participate. We provide large-print copies of our materials for those with visual impairment. In addition, our facilities are fully wheelchair accessible. We warmly welcome all visitors into the worship life of our congregation.

Personal interaction and relationship building are an important part of Sunday morning gatherings at First Church. We enjoy a coffee hour following every worship service, and invite you to join us, ask questions about our programs and services, and get to know our community.

We celebrate...


Learn about God through reflective, relevant Bible teaching. Meet God through engaging, accessible worship services.


Jesus teaches that the best way to experience his love is to love each other. We commit ourselves to healthy relationships, reconciliation, and service inside and outside the church.


We celebrate the sacrament of communion twice monthly as a reminder of our new life and unity with Christ and each other.


Jesus teaches that God is a loving Father who invites us to bring our joys and cares to him in prayer. Individual prayer reminds us we are God's children; community prayer unites us as a family of faith.

We Provide


Our nursery facilities are up-to-date, and staffed by capable, caring volunteers.

God's Kids Early Learning Center

First Church supports families in our community through affordable, top-quality preschool and daycare. Learn more: click here.

Children's Worship

Kids ages 3 through 2nd grade attend a children's worship service that teaches the Bible and the rhythms of Christian worship. More here: click here.

  • First Christian Reformed Church of Detroit is part of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. We believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ applies to all of life. And that Christian faith transforms lives, culture, and communities. Learn more about our denomination and theological tradition here:

First Church Staff

Benjamin Van Arragon


Ben Van Arragon has served First Church as pastor since December, 2008. He holds degrees in psycholo

Elissa Malefyt

Church Administrator

Although she was born in Michigan, Elissa was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, by a microbiologist and an

Melody Van Arragon

Music Director

Melody Van Arragon serves as our Music Coordinator by planning worship services, incorporating music