Central Park ChapelCentral Park Chapel

Services Begin on June 16th!

Chapel Services: 10am and 6pm

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2019 Summer Season
Services: 10am and 6pm

  • June23rd

    Rev. Dr. Felix Theonugraha

    President, Western Theological Seminary

    Music by Krista Greendyke
  • June30th

    Rev. David Bast

    Words of Hope, Grand Rapids, MI

    Music by Jennifer Kuipers
  • July7th

    Rev. Mike Pitsenberger

    Carmel Church, Rock Valley IA

    Music by Dan Jonker
  • July14th

    Dr. Peter Lillback

    Westminster Theological Seminary, Glensdale, PA

    Music by Jayne Gort
  • July21st

    Dr. Neal Plantinga, Senior Research Fellow

    Calvin Theological Seminary

    Music by John Marshall
  • July28th

    Rev. Mark Hoffman

    Alameda CRC, Alameda CA

    Music by Sarah Kamphuis
  • August4th

    Rev. Jared Ayers

    Liberti Church, Philadelphia, PA

    Music by Renee Smyth
  • August11th

    Dr. Stan Mast

    Adjunct Professor of Preaching, Calvin Theological Seminary

    Music by Bill VanEe
  • August18th

    Rev. Jonathon Brown

    Pillar Church, Holland, MI

    Music by Phil Holmes
  • August25th

    Rev. Chad Pierce

    Faith CRC, Holland, MI

    Music by Johannah Marson
  • September1st

    Dr. Tim Brown

    Ret. President, Western Theological Seminary

    Music by Kathryn Becksvoort

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
  • Drew Wierda Treasurer
  • Carol Danhof Secretary
  • Jeremy Brieve
  • Robert Frieling
  • Andrew Huizenga
  • Jeanie Koops
  • Jon Schram
  • Jeff VanDerKolk
  • Jamie VanHekken