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History & Beliefs

Our Beliefs:

  1. God is the Creator, Sustainer, and Provider.
  2. Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the only way to salvation.
  3. We are all sinful and need a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
  4. The Holy Spirit dwells within us to convict, cleanse, comfort, and empower.
  5. The Holy Spirit has given each believer gifts to be used in service and ministry.
  6. The Bible is the inspired Word of God.
  7. All teaching, preaching, and ministries are based on the Word of God.
  8. Worship is vital in becoming devoted followers of Christ.
  9. Because all people matter to God, we are called to reach out to them.
  10. We are called to equip people for works of service to the praise of God.
  11. Relationships and fellowship are essential for spiritual growth.

1970 – A number of families from First and Calvin Christian Reformed Churches of Rock Valley began meeting in the Christian School gym. The services were led by three ministers from Dordt College.

  • Trinity Christian Reformed Church became an organized congregation with 42 families and 5 individuals as members.

1971 – Trinity’s membership grew to 57 families and 5 individuals.

  • Candidate James Admiraal was ordained and installed as Trinity’s first pastor.

1972 – Church parsonage was built and a decision was made to build a church building.

1974 – Dedication of the new church building.

  • Trinity’s membership was 80 families and 5 individuals.

1976 – Additional land was purchased for more parking lot space.

  • Rev. Admiraal accepted a call to Whitensville, MA.
  • Candidate Dan DeGroot was ordained and installed as Trinity’s pastor.
  • The Artley house was purchased to make space for extra classrooms.

1982 – Pastor Dan DeGroot accepted a call to St. Catharines, Ontario, Cananda.

  • Pastor Robert Timmer was installed as pastor

1988 – A new fellowship hall and second floor classrooms were built.

  • The Artley house was sold.
  • Pastor Bill VanDyken became an associate pastor.

1990 – Pastor Robert Timmer accepted a call to Noordeloos, MI.

  • Trinity’s membership was 112 families and 6 individuals.

1991 – Pastor Jelmer Groenewold was installed as pastor.

  • A used Moller pipe organ was purchased and installed.

1994 – Trinity’s membership numbered 125 families and 6 individuals.

1995 – Pastor Dale Ellens became an associate pastor.

1997 – Paul VanStelle became the first Ministry Coordinator.

1999 – Pastor Dan DeGroot became an associate pastor.

2001 – Paul Van Stelle moved to Scotts Bluff, Nebraska and Larry Landman accepted the Ministry

Coordinator position.

  • Pastor Jelmer Groenewold accepted a call to Sunnyside, Washington.

2002 – Trinity’s membership numbered 156 families and 14 individuals.

  • Construction began on a new Worship Centre.

2003 – A decision was made to enlarge Trinity’s ministry team to include a Pastor of Congregation Life and

a Pastor of Church Life.

  • Mark Beernink became the Pastor of Church Life.
  • November 23, 2003- The new Worship Centre was dedicated.

2004 – Aldon Kuiper became the Pastor of Congregational Care.

2006 – Trinity’s membership numbered 224 families and 22 individuals.

2010 – Pastor Aldon Kuiper retired after 39 years of service.

2010 – Bobby Van Otterloo became the Director of Ministry.

2012– Pastor Stanley Groothof became our Worship Pastor.

2014– Pastor Mark Beernink accepted a call to Church of the Savior in Rochester, MN.

2014- Trinity’s membership numbered 302 families.

 

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