The Love Mercy Do Justice Ministry's goal is to encourage and enable the Thornapple family to reach beyond our walls to respond to needs in the urban community and to work to end injustices in our community and around the world. The name LOVE MERCY DO JUSTICE aligns us with our denomination.  "From our inception the Covenant has been concerned with helping hurting people (love mercy), and addressing the causes of that hurt (do justice)."  We join God in making things right in our broken world. He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8. Check out our Facebook page by clicking here. For ideas for ways families can serve together, click hereIf you would like to see what was accomplished through the work of the LMDJ ministry at Thornapple in 2017, click here

2018 News:

  • Our Glenn VanNoord Short Term Urban Missions program is now full for the summer of 2018. Click here to learn more and see who this summer's participants are and where they are serving.
  • Thornapple serves dinner on the first Saturday of every month at Degage Ministries. Karen Knister oversees scheduling of the 8 volunteers needed for each time. If you would like to be added to our list of volunteers simply contact Karen. She sends emails out quarterly to find out who can work each of the Saturdays that we serve. No experience is necessary.
  • Justice Conference - October 13 and 14, 2018 with special speaker Dominique Dubois Gilliard. More details to come.

More general information:

  • Justice- For some specific ideas and ministries related to justice efforts, click here.
  • Urban - For a list of current urban ministry related ministries and volunteer opportunities, click here

Below are the standards for how we choose community organizations to support:

  1. Must be a non-profit organization.
  2. Must serve the poor and needy in urban Grand Rapids or be a ministry that works to end injustices around the world.
  3. High percentage of funds directly benefit the poor (low overhead).  
  4. Need for Thornapple support critical. We favor organizations where Thornapple’s support will make a difference.
  5. Volunteer opportunities available. 
  6. Mission is Christian or consistent with Christianity. 
    • The Love Mercy Do Justice Team, exercises its judgment and may support organizations whose mission is not specifically Christian, but is consistent with Christian faith. Examples include Kids Food Basket (feeding hungry children) and the Kent Country Jail program (helping those in prison or families of those in prison). 
    • The majority of organizations we support have a Christian Mission. 

Do you have questions about the Love Mercy Do Justice Ministry in general or would you like to join the team? Contact Andrew Vanover at or 957-0580.