Central Park ChapelCentral Park Chapel

Morning Worship Services Begin June 19th, 2022 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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2022 Summer Season
Service starts at 10am

  • June19th

    Dr. Peter Lillback

    Westminster Theological Seminary Glenside, PA

    Music by Amanda Dykhouse
  • June26th

    Rev. Dr. Trygve Johnson

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

    Music by Gary and Martha Matthews
  • July3rd

    Rev. Dr. Trygve Johnson

    Chief Operating Officer Reformed Church of America Grand Rapids, MI

    Music by Jennifer Kuipers
  • July10th

    Pastor Mike Pitsenberger

    Overisel Reformed Church, Holland, MI

    Music by Rose Wiersma
  • July17th

    Rev. Jared Ayers

    First Presbyterian Church N. Palm Beach, FL

    Music by Bill Van Ee
  • July24th

    Rev. Dr. Felix Theonugraha

    President, Western Theological Seminary Holland, MI

    Music by Roger Perkins
  • July31st

    Dr. Neal Plantinga

    Senior Research Fellow Calvin Theological Seminary Grand Rapids, MI

    Music by Rose Wiersma
  • August7th

    Rev. Jonathon Brown

    Pillar Church, Holland, MI

    Music by Phil Holmes
  • August14th

    Dr. Stan Mast

    Adjunct Professor of Preaching Calvin Theological Seminary Grand Rapids, MI

    Music by Renee Smyth
  • August21st

    Rev. David Bast

    Ret. Words of Hope, Grand Rapids, MI

    Music by Katie Bast
  • August28th

    Rev. Eddy Aleman

    Reformed Church of America, Grand Rapids, MI

    Music by Jayne Gort :: Annual Meeting following the service. All are encouraged to attend.
  • September4th

    Dr. Tim Brown

    Ret. President, Western Theological Seminary

    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
  • Debbie Goris Treasuer
  • Jamie VanHekken Secretary
  • Jeremy Brieve
  • Robert Frieling
  • Jeanie Koops
  • Jon Schram