Greetings, and thank you for taking time to find out about Sudanese Grace Episcopal Church of West Michigan!

Our church community was founded by former Lost Boys & Girls of Sudan – the estimated 20,000 children who fled from war-torn rural southern Sudan in the 1980s-1990s.

We pray, celebrate, and share our individual challenges together in the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We are a community of faith, living in hope and serving with love.  Are you interested in the Christian faith?  Join us in this journey!

We welcome all, in person or online, to our 11:30 a.m. Sunday service. On the first Sunday of every month, we worship in English. All other weeks are in our native language, Dinka.  Please join us any time.  We have ample free parking.

Watch our service live at www.facebook.com/SudaneseGEC, or watch previous services on our YouTube channel at www.tinyurl.com/SudaneseGEC.

Sudanese Grace Episcopal Church is a part of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan, The Episcopal Church, and the worldwide Anglican Communion.



About Sudanese Grace

Sudanese Grace Episcopal Church is a church community founded by Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan — the name given to refugee children from war-torn southern Sudan in eastern Africa.  We journeyed from what is now South Sudan, stopping in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, before making Grand Rapids our home.  Sudanese Grace started in 2003 under the love, guidance and mentoring of the late The Rev. Charles H. Howell and members of Grace Episcopal Church in East Grand Rapids.  We held our first worship service there in 2003. 

Over the past 19 years, our faithful congregation has worshiped in several locations across the greater Grand Rapids area.  As a result of the generosity of the former Wallin Congregational Church,  we now enjoy our own permanent home!  Our church is located in the John Ball Park neighborhood of Grand Rapids, just off I-196 and Lake Michigan Drive.

We are proud that Sudanese Grace Episcopal Church has become a draw for other South Sudanese from other parts of the U.S. to relocate to the greater Grand Rapids area.


We welcome everyone to our worship service on Sunday at 11:30 a.m., in our native language, Dinka.  We hold an English-language service on the first Sunday of every month.  Join us any week!  There is ample free parking.

As a parish in The Episcopal Church, our Sunday liturgy is based in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.

Music is important to our worship, and at all services you’ll hear Dinka hymns.

Our Clergy

The Rev. Zachariah J. Char, Rector
cell: 616-328-3752

The Rev. Abraham M. Anei, Deacon
cell: 616-862-3087