The Potter's House

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At the Potter's House, Jesus is the center of everything we teach and all we do. Our staff is a dedicated community of Jesus-followers who feel called to serve our students and show them the love of Christ. Every day and every class begins in prayer. And our faith doesn't end at the "amen." A Potter's House education is centered in Christ, through every grade and subject and activity.

Students are discipled in the way of Christ, and taught how to live out his calling in their classrooms, homes, and communities. They are challenged to respond to injustice and oppression around them in the name of Jesus.

Through almost 40 years of Christ-centered education, we have seen countless students come to know, love, and follow Christ. It is truly the greatest blessing of our work.

Contact information

Mailing address:
The Potter's House
810 Van Raalte Dr SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49509


Phone: 616-241-5202

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 382372676

CEO/President: John Booy

Chairman: Henry Bouma and Renoulte Allen

Board size: 7


Ruling year: 1981

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2010


The Potter's House, as a community of learners, will relentlessly pursue deeper discipleship with Jesus Christ and continually discover new ways to equip students to follow God throughout a lifetime of faithful service in the kingdom of God. We envision The Potter's House as a place to continue fostering deep relationships with all in our community. Through dependence on prayer, we will expand our voice and advocate for a model of Christ-centered education in under-resourced neighborhoods.

Mission statement

The Potter's House provides a Christ-centered education for students of all ethnic heritages and income levels, equipping them to serve God and society to their fullest potential.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: K-12 Schools/Academies

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating384 of 109429 of 47
Fund acquisition rating16 of 10978 of 47
Resource allocation rating664 of 109733 of 47
Asset utilization rating711 of 109439 of 47

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,753,393$200,525$208,659$230,028
Short-term investments$0$0$0$49,980
Other current assets$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,256,006$254,410$823,151$628,702
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$14,332,184$14,731,471$13,364,062$12,384,329
Other long-term assets$4,945$737,785$1,630,708$278,090
Total long-term assets$14,337,129$15,469,256$14,994,770$12,662,419
Total assets$16,593,135$15,723,666$15,817,921$13,291,121
Payables and accrued expenses$687,217$906,256$1,421,154$846,470
Other current liabilities$64,301$82,978$58,798$51,135
Total current liabilities$751,518$989,234$1,479,952$897,605
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$63,942$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$2,348,278$2,351,306$1,547,878$1,371,420
Total liabilities$3,099,796$3,340,540$3,027,830$2,269,025
Net assets2021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$13,144,309$11,661,461$9,865,653$10,008,864
With donor restrictions$349,030$721,665$2,924,438$1,013,232
Net assets$13,493,339$12,383,126$12,790,091$11,022,096
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$4,513,376$4,392,406$6,561,878$4,802,983
Program service revenue$3,288,084$1,513,023$1,453,014$1,293,008
Membership dues$0$0$0$0
Investment income$13$0$335$503
Other revenue$20,149$123,125$225,671$225,506
Total other revenue$3,308,246$1,636,148$1,679,020$1,519,017
Total revenue$7,821,622$6,028,554$8,240,898$6,322,000
Program services$5,343,732$5,303,808$5,035,012$4,829,525
Management and general$1,006,128$1,016,581$954,824$895,754
Total expenses$6,711,409$6,705,519$6,472,903$6,213,694
Change in net assets2021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$1,110,213($676,965)$1,767,995$108,306
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,110,213($676,965)$1,767,995$108,306


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In 1974, A small group of college graduates felt called by God to move into Roosevelt Park, a low-income neighborhood on the southwest side of Grand Rapids, and open their doors to the neighborhood. Their efforts evolved into a weekly program called Kid Power for hundreds of neighborhood kids. After six years, they decided to begin a school, to better serve the significant academic, emotional, and spiritual needs of the children. The Potter's House began in 1981 in the basement of nearby Grandville Avenue CRC, with 12 elementary-age students and two volunteer teachers.

The Fire Marshall only gave permission to use this space for one year, so they immediately began looking for a more permanent space. Adjacent to the church was the former Southwest Christian School building, which was being sold by a local school board at a six-figure price the young school could not possibly afford. They stepped out in faith and agreed to buy the building, and God miraculously provided the funding through the generosity of several local Christian business leaders.

Every year, more and more students joined The Potter's House family. Most of these children came from families who could not afford private school tuition. God faithfully provided the funds needed for their education, year after year, even as the school grew. A middle school program began in 1992, and a high school campus opened in 1998.

The Potter's House now enrolls more than 620 students representing a kaleidoscope of backgrounds and cultures, including over 30 countries of origin. God has been faithful to us in ways we never could have dreamed or imagined, and as we trust and seek Him, He continues to work miracles in the lives of the students and families we serve.

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