The Daybreak Story

Daybreak started as a church plant from an existing Wesleyan church. A committed group of 20 families from Kentwood Community Church determined to plant a church in the western part of Grand Rapids. Wes Dupin and his family moved from North Carolina to lead and pastor this new church.The young church attracted 327 people at the very first service on October 8, 1989 at Sandy Hill Elementary School gym. Wes immediately began to focus the mission of the church on reaching the unchurched in the community.

In its first years of existence, Daybreak had to move from its original location at Sandy Hill Elementary to the Jenison Jr. High gym. While at the Jr. High, the church grew from a couple hundred to more than 500. A second service was added to provide room for the growing number of people. Soon Daybreak had the opportunity to move to the Jenison High School auditorium where it grew a few hundred more.

From the beginning, Daybreak searched for a permanent location to build a church campus. A site owned by a local Century 21 realtor, made 35 acres available. The Hudsonville site was located strategically between Grand Rapids, Holland and Grand Haven, about five miles from the Grand Valley State University campus. The church paid $160,000 in cash for the land.

In 1994, construction began on a 25,000 square foot building at a cost of $1.8 million. Four years later, Daybreak purchased 40 acres to the north, and in the winter of 1999 celebrated completion of Phase II, an 8,000 square foot addition for the children and student ministries.

Today, approximately 1,400 people attend Daybreak each weekend and construction of Phase III was completed in 2006. This phase, an 18,000 square foot building, provides a place specifically geared for our student ministries, which includes grades 5 – 12 and a new family service called SPLASH!