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This Far by Faith: The Unfinished Story of Madison Square Church


From Historical Researcher and Photo Editor for This Far by Faith Don Bryant:

“Confession… I was so close to the project for so long, I didn’t realize what a treasure this book is until I read it through the first time – after it was printed. Not just historical facts like many church histories end up, This Far by Faith is an honest and compelling story of our journey and of God’s work among His people. This a must read whether you are new to Madison, a long-timer, or just curious how an urban storefront mission began, grew, faltered, trusted and bloomed as Madison Church in a neighborhood that was constantly changing. Recent history is only an echo of a hundred-plus years.”

From Madison Missionary Joel Huyser:

This Far by Faith is not the typical church anniversary book that attempts to hide all the warts. It is the story of a flesh and blood community of faith with all of its real life struggles.”

From Madison Member Pete Kuhl and Square Elder Lynne Kuhl:

“This book is not only a fascinating historical read, but also an invaluable resource to Madison Church. It gives a clear record of our past successes and failures to follow Christ as a diverse community. Through it we can gain perspective and insight, and can learn from our past mistakes. We highly recommend it to all Madison members.”

From Madison Member Don Huizinga:

“This Far by Faith is OUR story. Reading it is a journey of self-discovery. Who are we? How did we get here? Reading it is a journey of God-discovery. Discover what God did with an impossible bag of mixed nuts. What will God be up to next?”

From Caryl Vande Voort (Caryl and her family were Madison members from 1980-86):

“I thought we knew Madison Church, but I was both amazed and inspired to learn of the greater Madison story. God has a plan! As we were living the plan we had only a limited understanding of what God was about. As I was reading the book, it was so exciting to see God raising up one person after another, at just the right time it seems, for his purposes. What a wonderful story of God’s faithfulness. Read the story; join in the wonder!”


This Far by Faith: The Unfinished Story of Madison Square Church describes our roots, God’s blessing over the years, the launch of multisite congregations, and the challenges He’s brought us through. A fascinating story of Madison’s first 100 years, captured in photos and prose.

The book is available for $10 online (link here) and at all sites via debit/credit card or check.

For other questions about the book, contact the church office, 616.245.7791 or

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