Central Park ChapelCentral Park Chapel

Morning Worship Services Begin June 20th 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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2021 Summer Season
Service starts at 10am

  • June20th

    Rev. Dr. Trygve Johnson

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

    Music by Gary and Martha Matthews
  • June27th

    Rev. Dr. Jill Ver Steeg

    Chief Operating Officer Reformed Church of America, Grand Rapids, MI

    Music by Taylor Brower
  • July4th

    Rev. Dr. Felix Theonugraha

    President, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, MI

    Music by Jennifer Kuipers
  • July11th

    Rev. Jared Ayers

    First Presbyterian Church, N. Palm Beach, FL

    Music by Roger Perkins
  • July18th

    Pastor Mike Pitsenberger

    Carmel Church, Rock Valley IA

    Music by Rose Wiersma
  • July25th

    Dr. Stan Mast

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

    Music by Dean Slenk
  • August1st

    Dr. Neal Plantinga

    Senior Research Fellow Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI

    Music by Katie Bast
  • August8th

    Pastor Jonathon Brown

    Pillar Church, Holland, MI

    Music by Phil Holmes
  • August15th

    Dr. Peter Lillback

    Westminster Theological Seminary, Glenside, PA

    Music by Renee Smyth
  • August22nd

    Rev. Eddy Aleman

    Reformed Church of America, Grand Rapids, MI

    Music by Jayne Gort
  • August29th

    Pastor Mark Hoffman

    Alameda CRC, Alameda CA

    Music by Bill Van Ee -- Annual Meeting following the service. All are encouraged to attend.
  • September5th

    Dr. Tim Brown

    Ret. President, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, MI

    Music by Amanda Dykhouse

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 110 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

  • Dan Goris President
  • Dave Van Andel Vice President
  • Jamie VanHekken Treasurer
  • Carol Danhof Secretary
  • Jeremy Brieve
  • Robert Frieling
  • Jeanie Koops
  • Jon Schram