Central Park ChapelCentral Park Chapel

Morning Worship Services Begin June 18th, 2023 at 10am.
Evening Worship has been canceled.

Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. Psalms 34:3

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2023 Summer Season
Service starts at 10am

  • June18th

    Rev. Keith Doornbos

    Center for Church Renewal, Holland, MI

    Music by Amanda Dykhouse
  • June25th

    Dr. Peter Lillback

    Westminster Theological Seminary, Glenside, PA

    Music by Rose Wiersma
  • July2nd

    Rev. Jonathon Brown

    Pillar Church, Holland, MI

    Music by Jennifer Kuipers
  • July9th

    Dr. Joe Stowell

    Former President at Cornerstone University, Cure International, Grand Rapids, MI

    Music by Jayne Gort
  • July16th

    Dr. Nathan Hart

    Stanwich Congregational Church, Greenwich, CT

    Music by Katie Bast
  • July23rd

    Dr. Felix Theonugraha

    President, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, MI

    Music by Bill VanEe
  • July30th

    Dr. Trygve Johnson

    Hinga-Boersma Dean of the Chapel, Hope College, Holland, MI

    Music by Roger Perkins
  • August6th

    Dr. Stan Mast

    Adjunct Professor of Preaching Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI

    Music by Phil Holmes
  • August13th

    Rev. Bill Whitt

    Cascade Fellowship CRC, Cascade, MI

    Music by Roger Perkins
  • August20th

    Rev. Mike Pitsenberger

    Overisel Reformed Church, Holland, MI

    Music by Logan Pitsenberger and Lydia Karel
  • August27th

    Dr. Neal Plantinga

    Senior Research Fellow Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI

    Music by Gary and Martha Matthews -- Annual Meeting following the service. All are encouraged to attend
  • September3rd

    Dr. Tim Brown

    Ret. President, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, MI

    Music by Nina Rider

The History of Central Park Chapel

Located on rail and interurban lines linking the west Michigan shore with Chicago and Grand Rapids, Holland has long been a tourist destination. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, vacationers erected summer cottages at Central Park on the shores of Black Lake, present-day Lake Macatawa. Many of them, like the permanent residents, were of Dutch descent and had strong religious beliefs. John R. Stryker hosted services on his porch until 1903 when the Central Park Chapel was built to serve interdenominational religious needs. Dr. John A. Otte, a medical missionary, led the construction of the chapel on land donated by Gerrit Zaalmink. Early services were held in Dutch as well as English. Because of the number of clergy who vacationed here, Central Park was known as "Saint's Rest."

For over 117 years Central Park Chapel has provided vacationers and area residents with meaningful summer worship services affirming the doctrines and creeds of both the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church of America.

Board of Directors

  • Carol Van Andel President
  • Carol Danhof Vice-President
  • Deborah Goris Treasuer
  • Jamie VanHekken Secretary
  • Tiffany Brieve
  • Chad Kasprzak
  • Jeanie Koops
  • William Lowery
  • Steve Moir
  • Rick Spykman