About Us

We strive to fulfill our mission of Feeding Children in Mind, Body, and Spirit. Connecting Kids with Christ, our Community, and Local Churches.

Our Vision

"To provide a safe and welcoming environment where educational, physical, and spiritual needs are met through positive relationships. Empowering all participants to realize their full potential in the eyes of our Lord.

Our History

United In Christ Ministries is the direct result of multiple faith-based organizations believing in the power of a resurrected Christ to unify them in order to proclaim His glory to the residents of the Black Hills Neighborhood.

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Our Neighborhood

The Black Hills neighborhood is geographically isolated in Grand Rapids, MI between Godfrey, the Grand River, and the railroad tracks. It is surrounded by industrial parks on all sides. The racial mixture as of 2000 was 30% white, 30% African American and 40% Hispanic. The age ranges are 43% under the age of 18, 53% in the 18-64 year old range and 4% 65 and older. 25% of the kids living in the Black Hills live at or below the poverty level.


Over the years we have found many unique opportunities to be the hands and feet of Christ in this community. Our programs have proved diverse in reaching the youth in our community and equipping them to be leaders right where they are. We believe that it is the constant presentation of the Word of God that serves as the real catalyst for impacting the youth in our community.

God's Club

Every Saturday morning year round, young kids gather together to sing songs, learn bible stories, do crafts, enjoy lunch, and just experience the loving kindness of the volunteers from our partnering churches. God’s Club is one of our flagship youth programs.

Time: 11am-1pm on Saturdays

Kid's Zone

Similar to God’s Club, Kid‘s Zone is a high energy gathering on Wednesday nights throughout the school year, where an average of 70+ youth gather for a time of worship, dinner, crafts, and bible based stories and lessons. We look to meet the needs of our youth in mind, body, and spirit. There are multiple volunteer opportunities, whether it be serving food, or helping with crafts and games.

Time: Wednesdays from 6–8pm (during the school year)

Pivotal Youth

Middle school youth are at a Pivotal time in their lives and are positioned to make impactful decisions about their identity, decisions that can affect their physical and spiritual growth for the rest of their lives. Pivotal youth is a time designed for students in our community to discover not only who they are, but who’s they are. Students have the opportunity to connect with each other, play games, and discover practical steps that they can take to discover God’s purpose for their lives.

Time: Sundays at 6:30pm

The Motion Initiative

The Motion Initiative (TMI) is our bicycle ministry working to facilitate adventure, freedom, and hope, through the gateway of cycling, to those that need it most. In this process we aim to facilitate personal achievement, responsibility, and life-giving alternatives to the pitfalls of growing up in a challenging context through the presentation of the Gospel. TMI accomplishes its goals through running a bike shop, offering bycicle repeair, allowing youth to earn bikes, and taking youth on bike trips.

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United in Christ Ministries is a grassroots organization that depends on financial support from family, friends local churches, and frankly anyone who believes in the mission that God has given us. We are always looking for financial partners who are willing to support the work we do.

Please feel free to donate online here or send your gift to our mailing address:

United In Christ Ministries
1035 Godfrey Avenue, S.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

United In Christ Ministries is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.


Volunteer Opportunities

United In Christ Ministries is always looking for people that have a heart or calling for the inner city or for working with youth.

As an organization we rely on God to provide the workers that we need in order to ask upon His will through prayer, but we also understand that God calls us to intentionally open the door for potential servants.

If you are interested in getting involved or want to know more about us please call us at (616) 430-6025.


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United In Christ Ministries Board of Directors

Julie Braun, Executive Director
1035 Godfrey Avenue, S.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone Number: (616) 430-6025
E-Mail: director@unitedinchristgr.com
Joyce Cantlon, Office Administrator
1035 Godfrey Avenue, S.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
E-Mail: joyce.cantlon@unitedinchristgr.com

United In Christ Ministries Board of Directors

Harvey Dumond, Board President

Chad Stoike, Board Treasurer

Julie Braun, Board Member

Pastor Phillip Holmes, Board Member

Michelle Cameron, Board Member

Caleb Gonzalez, Board Member

Joel Walma, Board Member

Contact Us

There is no better way to learn about United In Christ Ministries (UICM) than to set up a time to come in and get a personal tour of our Community Center and Bike Shop. Please contact Julie Braun to set up a personal or group tour of the Ministry.


1035 Godfrey Avenue, S.W. Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone Number

(616) 430-6025