The fitness outreach ministry at Gracespring Church began way back at the former Richland Bible Church under RBC member Gail Hurn around the year 1994. This ministry originally started by offering STEP aerobics classes to local residents and was especially popular among ladies with young children due to its convenient babysitting program, giving moms a chance to exercise while their little ones were taken care of. This feature attracted Angie Foster-Goodrich to participate in classes, and after a bit of coaxing, she became a STEP instructor herself.
Angie had experienced much love and care from many members at RBC (eventually Gracespring). She and her family became regular members of the church, and after Gail decided it was time for her to leave the fitness outreach ministry, Angie felt the call to lead it herself. For the next 22 years, she has achieved more fitness certifications including: Pilates, Yoga, Barre, Refit and Rev+Flow, all of which she continues to lead today.
Recently, two long-term friends and colleagues of Angie’s, Megan Haan and Colleen Valkema, have come alongside Angie to support her in leading all types of exercise classes. The three women have formed a group called MAC Fitness and they are excited to have Gracespring as their home base.
The vision of Gracespring’s Fitness ministry, now known as gsFITNESS, is to offer a full-spectrum of fitness services to provide outreach and connection for all ages and abilities to the Kalamazoo region.
In addition to the on-site classes 6 days per week, there is currently an Outdoor Adventure group led by Michelle Baird which meets weekly for hiking and snowshoeing excursions.