JoAnn Poorman Wing
JoAnn (Gilson) Poorman -  God has called His angel home...Our amazing wife and mother passed away unexpectedly at home after a brief illness. She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Jerry Poorman Sr.; along with daughters Joy (Dave) Ford, Kathy (Scott) Porter, Beth (Roger) Helmer; eight grandchildren Josh, Samantha, Jake, Mike, Mark, Nicole, Emily, and Ashley who she loved with all of her heart and soul; brothers and sisters Harriett (Tom) LeMarbre, Jeanne Ripley, Sue (Larry) Richards, Ken (Zeon) Poorman; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Glenn and Hertha Gilson, and her son Jerry Poorman Jr.  Besides spending time with family and friends, JoAnn loved gardening, singing in the church choir and traveling to their second home in the Hawaiian Islands. 

The new JoAnn Poorman wing will provide much needed space for church educational programs and activites at St. Paul's.

St. Paul's began in Grand Rapids 144 years ago, in 1869,  see About Us.   Construction of the current church facilities on Lake Michigan Drive was completed in 1988.  A Fellowship Hall and kitchen were added in 1995.  We are thankful for God's many blessings and appreciate all those that contributed their time and resources so we could move forward with the next phase of St. Paul's facilities.  Ground breaking for the new addition, dedicated to the memory of JoAnn Poorman, took place on December 26, 2012.   Highlights of the new addition include expanded 

educational space with dedicated classrooms and expanded kitchen facilities. The Visser Brothers, Inc. built this three thousand square foot addition.  

Construction of the JoAnn Poorman Wing
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The construction began December 26, 2012 
The new facilities were Blessed and Dedicated on August 4, 2013 
by the Right Reverend Rommie Michael Starks, Bishop of the Diocese of the Midwest 


  1. October 2012 view of St. Paul's before construction
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