Mission & Vision

The Potter's House provides a Christ-centered education to children of all ethnic heritages and income levels, equipping them to serve God and society to their fullest potential. Students are offered an excellent academic program in an urban environment. Rooted in Biblical principles and values, students are encouraged to maintain a healthy spiritual, physical, social, and emotional life. Students and their families are challenged to grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The Potter's House promotes unity and reconciliation in the Roosevelt Park Community.

Mission/Vision: Instruments of Praise

History of The Potter's House: Plant

Volunteer: Norene Botts

Alumni: Kerwin

Core Values

  • We are a Christ-centered school, birthed in prayer and rooted in Scripture.
  • We are committed to harmony among staff, parents, and students, united in prayer.
  • We are committed to discipleship, students of Jesus teaching younger believers.
  • We are committed to academic excellence, emphasizing the love of reading as a catalyst for life-long learning.
  • We invest in school families, focusing on strengthening low-income, urban families through education and academic support.
  • We are committed to ethnic diversity among students and staff because we believe God's Kingdom is most fully expressed when every tongue, tribe and nation praise Him as one voice.
  • We are committed to the Roosevelt Park neighborhood and the greater community of Grand Rapids, working together with neighbors, non-profit organizations and businesses to encourage reconciliation and holistic success.

The Potter's House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nondiscriminatory organization and is accredited by AdvancED

What Makes the Potter's House Unique?

Christ-centered

Forming Solid Disciples of Jesus Christ

High Academic Achievement
Community
Diversity
Global Education
Leadership Training

Potter's House History

1974

A small group of college graduates moved to Roosevelt Park, a low-income neighborhood on the southwest side of Grand Rapids, and opened their doors to a neighborhood ministry.
Over the next six years, they worked with over 150 children weekly. As these children began to share the stories of their lives, it became apparent that two hours a week did little to meet the academic, emotional, and spiritual needs of the children. They needed a safe place to grow and to flourish academically and spiritually.

1981

The Potter’s House was born.
Two teachers in the group quit their jobs to volunteer-teach in order to launch a school centered on Christ and designed with a diverse student body in mind. The first day brought 12 students to classrooms in the basement of a local church. By the end of the year, 19 students were enrolled at the school and a new location needed to be found.

1982

Support from individuals and business leaders allowed the school to purchase an elementary building, the former Southwest Christian School, from the Godfrey-Lee School District.

1992

TPH opened a middle school.

1998

Through two generous start-up gifts, a high school was opened, offering 9th and 10th grade.

2001

TPH graduated their first senior class.

2003

TPH purchased and renovated the high-school building to include a media center, a student commons, a hands-on science lab, and a music room.

2004

After a full year of renovations, the Roosevelt Park Campus (elementary/middle school) reopened with a brand-new gymnasium, a prekindergarten program, and additional classrooms.

2013

TPH purchased and renovated the former parsonage of Roosevelt Park Community CRC and use it as a launching pad to introduce people to the school and to house development offices.

2015

TPH purchased the Roosevelt Park Community CRC, formerly the Grandville Avenue CRC.

2016

The Growing Hope-Together Campaign began. Phase I focused on renovating and expanding the high school which is located at located at 2465 28th Street SW, Wyoming MI 49519.

2017

Phase I was completed and Homecoming was held in the new high school gymnasium for the first time in school history. Phase II focuses on the elementary and middle school, located in the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood. An updated and secure entrance was completed before the fall semester began.

2018

A 3-year-old PreKindergarten class will begin in the fall. As Phase II continues, the Elementary/Middle School will be connected to the newly purchased former Roosevelt Park CRC. There will be further renovations in the existing school and the church will be retrofitted to include classrooms and office spaces, allowing them to address the lengthy wait list. The sanctuary will continue to be a sacred space, and all students will have inside access to the church through the new building connection.

Today

We are fully accredited and have more than 570 students in grades PK-12 on two campuses. Our mission remains unchanged: making Christ-centered education available to all children.

"I think one thing that is really unique about The Potter’s House is how it started. It came without any human agenda, out of people moving into a neighborhood and loving their neighbors. It’s so God-centered. The staff prays every morning to start their day. They haven’t forgotten that the real source of their strength comes from God."
Bruce Osterink