"Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith,
just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving."
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church is a Christ-centered, Bible-believing church in the Reformed tradition. We are a congregation in the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA). We are convicted by our consciences, through the leading of the Holy Spirit, to believe in the Christian faith as summarized in the following ecumenical creeds:
In addition, Central Avenue CRC and its members agree with the following Reformed confessions organizing and faithfully summarizing the teaching of God's Word, the Bible:
If you would like to know more about Jesus Christ and how to have eternal life, either click here or contact one of our pastors. They would be more than happy to talk with you.
In regard to various contemporary issues, the CRCNA has made reports and statements over the years. In general, Central Avenue agrees with these statements. However, where room is given, Central Avenue Church has typically taken the historical, biblical position of the church (i.e. complementarianism, homosexuality, Biblical inerrancy, creation, etc.). Some of this is defined specifically in our "Statement of Conviction" which is adopted by each subsequent Council.
For information on our ministries and activities, please refer to our "Welcome" brochure.
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WHO WE ARE
Certainly, what we believe defines more of who we are than our history. But looking back does give some perspective and insight into how we grew into what God has made us today.
Our roots extend all the way back before Creation when God, in His eternal decree, chose a people for Himself. As those called by God today, our roots extend through Old Testament Israel and the New Testament church, with the cross of Christ standing as the central and definitive point. The Protestant Reformation also strongly identifies who we are as God blew His Spirit through the church to draw it back to Him and His Word through that time.
As members of the Christian Reformed Church in North America we are one of about 1,000 congregations with a strong history of God's leading and faithfulness. 2007 marked the 150th anniversary of the CRCNA. To learn about our CRC roots, click here. We are members of a regional group of Christian Reformed congregations called Classis Holland. We meet several times a year to help foster broader local ministry for Christ’s Kingdom.
Central Avenue CRC itself was founded in 1865 as the first Christian Reformed congregation in the city of Holland, Michigan! God has faithfully grown us in many ways since then. Bob Swierenga’s book, A Faithful Witness, records the first 150 years of ministry through Central Avenue CRC. You can obtain by clicking here or contacting the church office.
For more detailed information on any of this, please contact the church office.
We have been blessed with wonderful facilities in a beautiful setting - located in downtown Holland, across the street from Centennial Park. The main building, which houses the sanctuary, church offices, fellowship hall and several classrooms, was built between 1952-1953. The sanctuary is graced with many beautiful stained glass windows and a magnificent 33-rank Schantz pipe organ. In addition, the sanctuary is equipped with the hearing loop system. In 2004, the church purchased two buildings directly to its north; with the "Ministry Center" on the corner of 10th St and Central Ave and "The Connection" next to it. Both buildings are used for a variety of church and community activities. Our sister congregation, the Cambodian Fellowship CRC, worships in the Connection as well. In 2014, a building addition was completed to make the sanctuary more accessible and accomodating, adding a covered drop-off, elevator, restrooms and new nursery.
Please check the other sections of this web-site to see what the Lord is doing in and through this body of believers. Other areas of interest may be our city, or our historical marker.
Some Statistics (as of August 31, 2014)
Total Members = 457
Professing Members = 370
Non-Professing Members = 87
Total Families* = 128
*a family as defined by the CRCNA is a husband and a wife, with or without children or a single head of household with children at home.
Rev. Johan B. De Beer, 1867-1868
Rev. Frederickus B. Hulst, 1868-1871