Protestant Reformed Churches
Recent Dates of Interest (since July of 2001)
The Early Years
Founding Fathers of the PRC
|Rev. Herman Hoeksema
For a brief biography of "H.H." go here.
Visit this page for the CRC Archive file on "H.H."
|Rev. George Ophoff
For a brief biography of "G.M.O." go here.
Visit this page for the CRC Archive file on "G.M.O."
|Rev. Henry Danhof
For a brief introduction to "H.D." go here.
Visit this page for the CRC Archive file on "H.D."
Old Bulletins/Programs/Books (including the pre-PRC years):
Herman Hoeksema's Years at 14th St. CRC, Holland, MI (Sept.,1915-Feb.,1920) - Pages from their 25th Anniversary Booklet (1902-1927)
Herman Hoeksema's first published book: Dominee Kouwenaar of Zedelijk Dualisme (Eerdmans-Sevensma, 1919).
Eastern Ave. CRC, Grand Rapids (Oct.28, 1923, when Rev. Herman Hoeksema was pastor)
Picture of Eastern Ave. CRC today (taken May
Eastern Ave (Protesting) Christian Reformed Church (January 3, 1926 - after Rev.H. Hoeksema was deposed and formed his own congregation but before she was renamed 'First Protestant Reformed Church) - outside; inside
Doon PRC (Feb.23,1947)
The first, official history of the PRC was written by Rev. Herman Hoeksema and was published in 1936. Somewhat rare to be found now, it is commonly known as the old "red book" in the PRC (because of its red cover). The entire book has been scanned and posted on our website, and may be read here. Below are two pictures of the book: the front cover and the title page.
Picture of Eastern Ave. Christian Reformed
Deposed with Rev. Herman Hoeksema on December 12, 1924
First Issue of Beacon Lights, the magazine for the Young People (January, 1941)
Our Church News - A Protestant Reformed weekly newspaper, dated July 4, 1941; published in Grand Rapids
Concordia Magazine (old PRC "newspaper" started by 6 churches in NW Iowa and Minnesota in 1944. Rev.Gerrit Vos was the first editor in chief. This periodical would play a key role in the Split of 1953.)
Front Page of 1st Issue (Feb.21, 1944)
Fuller's Courier, July 1945 Issue - a special publication of 1st PRC, Grand Rapids during WW II reporting on the many soldiers involved in the war. Outside; inside (includes a beautiful poem written by one of the soldiers)
Sovereign Grace Hour Booklets (An old radio program broadcast out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
Reformed Witness Hour Special Programs Commemorating Milestones in the Radio Ministry
150th Broadcast: 5th year (1946) at First PRC, Grand Rapids. Combined pages
300th Broadcast: October 14/17, 1948 at First PRC, Grand Rapids. Rev.H.Hoeksema was back to speak for the first time in a year after suffering a stroke.
Special Picture of Men's Radio Choir in First PRC, Grand Rapids during live broadcast, around 1952
2000th Broadcast: May 10, 1981 at First PRC, Grand Rapids. Prof.R.Decker speaking. Combined pages
25th Anniversary Commemoration (1925-1950) - Including significant items from these years
Silver Anniversary Booklet (pdf image)
Prayer Sonnet of Rev. Herman Hoeksema (in his own handwriting)
Our First Synod, 1940 (pdf image)
Consistory of First (GR) PRC in 1950 (pdf image)
Synod of 1950 (pdf image)
First PR Seminary Graduating Class, 1929
Back Row, l-r: R.Veldman, C.Hanko, L.Vermeer; Front Row, l-r: B.Kok, J.DeJong, A.Cammenga
1949 Young People's Convention Picture in Pella/Oskaloosa, IA (pdf image) - Recognize any of your parents/grandparents?
50th Anniversary Commemoration (1925-1975) - Including significant items from these years
First PRC (Grand Rapids) Consistory in 1954, after the Split of 1953 (pdf image).
Bulletin of First PRC (DeWolf group) after its delegates were not recognized by Classis East - dated Oct.11, 1953 (the only one of its kind in our Archives)
Timeline of Events leading up to the Schism of 1953
"Remembering the Schism of 1953": A series of sermons/lectures by the two main warriors (Revs.Herman Hoeksema and Hubert DeWolf) of the controversy over sovereign grace and the covenant in the PRC in the early 1950's leading up to the schism of 1953. Available from the RFPA here.
1968 Young People's Convention Picture at First PRC, Grand Rapids (Recognize any of these people?)
Special Standard Bearer Issue - Sept.15, 1974 (cover image)
Special Golden Anniversary Speeches at the 1975 Young People's Convention (published in the Sept.15, 1975 Standard Bearer, Vol.51, #21)
Seminary Pictures taken from the 50th Anniversary history book God's Covenant Faithfulness, edited by Gertrude Hoeksema
New Seminary Building Dedication Program, February 15, 1974
75th Anniversary Commemoration (1925-2000) - Including significant items from these years
Special Standard Bearer Issue - June 2000 (cover image)
Special Standard Bearer Issue - July 2000 (Synod image)
Special Standard Bearer issue - August 2000 (cover image)
CRC Perspective on the 75 Anniversary of the 1924 Synod of Kalamazoo and the Adoption of Common Grace - Prof. John Bolt of Calvin Seminary
1979 Hope College Living Heritage Oral History Interview with Rev. Homer C. Hoeksema (pdf)
On Our Way to the 100th Anniversary Commemoration (1925-2025), D.V.
Grand Rapids Press report on visit to PRC History Sites by Students from Heritage Christian High School (Dyer, IN), May 8, 2010 (Article & photo below courtesy of MLive and the GR Press).
To view the picture (painting) of a cottage in a vineyard (by Jean Ezinga of Loveland, CO) originally on the homepage of this website, along with its description, go here.