Who We Are
Celebration Fellowship (CF) is a multi-site prison congregation of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), the first of which was planted inside the Ionia Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in 2008. A second congregation was planted in the fall of 2012 at Handlon Correctional Facility, and a third congregation for Bellamy Creek Level I inmates was launched in July of 2014.
Currently, 125-150 inside members, along with 10-15 outside volunteer members (actually limited by the size of the meeting rooms), meet each Monday (Handlon) and Tuesday (Bellamy Creek) evening from 6:30-8:30 for Bible study and worship.. In addition to leading worship, our pastor provides pastoral care as requested and also meets weekly with the respective inside leadership teams for discipleship and worship planning. We work with the chaplains in each facility to develop a culture of love and grace where men feel accepted and encouraged to grow in their faith. In the past several years, we have seen over 300 members pass through our doors, most of whom, with our help, are now reestablishing their lives in the West Michigan area, where we assist them in finding a home church, housing, jobs, and other support systems that facilitate their reintegration into the community.
It is evident that God is at work in some of the darkest places in our society and is calling us to move forward with this exciting ministry.