Central Park ChapelCentral Park Chapel

Morning Worship Services Begin June 16th, 2024 at 10am.

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

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2024 Summer Season
Service starts at 10am

  • July21st

    Pastor Mike Pitsenberger

    Overisel Reformed Church

    Special Music: Janet Taves
  • July28th

    Rev. David Bast

    Ret. Words of Hope

    Special Music: Dan Jonker
  • August4th

    Rev. Jonathon Brown

    Pillar Church

    Special Music: Katie Bast
  • August11th

    Dr. Stan Mast

    Adjunct Professor of Preaching, Calvin Theological Seminary

    Special Music: Gary and Martha Matthews
  • August11th

    Hymn Sing - 6 PM

    Lead By: Gary and Martha Matthews

  • August18th

    Dr. Neal Plantinga

    Senior Research Fellow, Calvin Theological Seminary

    Special Music: Roger Perkins
  • August25th

    Dr. Trygve Johnson

    Pastor, Theologian, and Writer

    Special Music: Jayne Gort
  • September1st

    Dr. Tim Brown

    President Emeritus, Western Theological Seminary

    Special Music: Andy Bast and Liv Lowe

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