Ypsilanti Evangelical Friends Church
To know Jesus Christ and make Him
known personally, locally, and
globally, assisting in the development
of strong family units by ministering
to the diverse needs of individuals
within the surrounding community.
The Ypsilanti Evangelical Friends Church has a very long and rich history dating back to the 1830's. Some of our current members, the Malick family, are
direct descendants of the original founders of our church. The first recorded gathering of Ypsilanti Friends was in 1835 by settlers who traveled the
waters of the Erie Canal, Lake Erie, and other waterways, mainly coming from the New York state area. At this time, Michigan was not even a state of the
union, but rather simply a 'territory' of the United States.
The original Ypsilanti Friends meeting house was built in 1842 on the land between the current church and the current Youth House. It was in use for 30
years. In the early meeting of Friends the men sat on one side of a partition and the women on the other during normal worship & business meetings.
Occasionally, there would be times of 'silent meditation' where everyone met together for a meeting that would somewhat resemble a testimony meeting of
In 1872, a new church was built and the original church facility was sold in 1888. This 'new' church is the facility that still stands on the corner of Bemis and
Tuttle Hill roads, and is currently used primarily for youth activities. A basement was put under it in 1918 and electricity was installed in 1928. A plaque that
stands outside of this facility commemorates that the State of Michigan recognizes this facility as a historical landmark.
In 1941 the present parsonage was built and was occupied by Pastor Charles Carey.
For over 99 years the current building on the corner served as the sanctuary. But in 1971 the present brick church was built and eventually dedicated on
October 17 at a cost of $125,000!
In 1992, God reminded each of us that the church is not a building, but rather the people in the church that serve the Lord. In April of 1992, a fire consumed
the sanctuary and a good part of the rest of the brick church facility. The fire was later determined to be a result of theft and burglary. For about 5 months,
all services were held in the small corner church building next door. After the fire, the brick church building was rebuilt and in
September of 1992 the church was reopened for worship.
In the years following the fire, the Lord has continued to bless us with many resources. A fellowship hall was added onto the brick church structure, a
playground/park with a family pavilion was built, as was a softball field.
It is our desire and prayer that we will continue to meet the challenges that the Lord will put before us in the coming years and that the Lord will continue to
bless this church and the community through us.
In 2010 we celebrated the 175th anniversary of our founding at the corner of Bemis and Tuttle Hill roads. With God's blessing, we look forward to
celebrating the Bi-Centennial of 200 years of the Ypsilanti Friends Church in 2035!
To a family that loves Jesus Christ, each other and our
neighbors. We invite you, whether a mature Christian,
a new believer or someone that is seeking the truth to
come and join us in fellowship, worship and study.
We present this website to give you a glimpse of the
great things that the Lord is doing in our church.
Here you will find out about our ministries, history,
beliefs, staff and meeting times.
The Good News!
There are many ways to explain the Good News of Jesus Christ, but the best way is to let the Bible speak!
All have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God - Romans 3:23
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us - 1 John 1:8
Your sins have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you - Isaiah 59:2
The wages of sin is death - Romans 6:23
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life - John 3:16
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God--not because of works,
lest any man should boast - Ephesians 2:8-9
God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us - Romans 5:8
He died for our sins and rose again to make us right with God - Romans 4:25
If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved - Romans 10:9
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me - John 14:6
This is only the beginning of what the Good News means.
Believing on Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior is the beginning of a new life and it doesn't stop there.
Being a Christian is not simply a pass into heaven, it is a New Life!