Who is Watershed?

A watershed is a crucial piece of any environment. In many ways it is a source of life as it provides water to the region. In a similar way, we are a community of people living in response to God’s mercy and grace - our true source of life and meaning - and joining with God to bring restoration to our neighborhoods and world.  


Watershed Church was founded in 2006 as an emerging church (church plant) of the Christian Reformed Church. Informal services were held on a beach in Traverse City, Michigan. These intimate gatherings eventually moved to rented space (or, seasonally, outside on the grounds) at the Grand Traverse Commons. The worship format included singing with an acoustic guitar, a message providing cultural and historical insights into the world of the Bible, application of the Scripture to modern life, and a generous time of prayer and fellowship with one another.


Worship at Watershed Church has retained a simple format: gathering together as a community, listening to hear God’s voice, and committing to live in response. It is a place where people remain eager to pray for each other and our community. We look to explore God’s Word deeply and are interested in knowing what God has to say to us so that we might live done in response with our own lives.

I’d say that what drew me to Watershed was the authenticity of the people in the community. At Watershed you can truly come as you are and everyone does their best to embrace that both in themselves and in others.
— Aaron