Missions of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America



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Domestic Mission Stations

revaspriensma 1With the organization of the Pittsburgh PR Fellowship into an established congregation in 2016 and the calling of missionary-pastor W. Bruinsma to serve as her pastor, the PRC appointed Byron Center PRC to be the calling church for a new home missionary. In September of 2017 Rev. Aud Spriensma accepted the call to serve this position.

In addition, each PRC congregation is also involved in evangelism in its own locale, especially concentrating on Bible studies in new areas (E.g., Byron Center PRC in Wayland, Grandville PRC in Rockford, Georgetown PRC in Muskegon, and Grace PRC in Spring Lake).

Secretary for Domestic Mission Committee: 

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Pittsburgh PR Mission - Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh PR Mission - Pittsburgh, PA (13)


716 Atlantic Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15221

Services: 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

WBruinsma-2Missionary pastor: Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma
Calling Church: Southwest PRC, Wyoming, MI

Phone (412) 727-6811 (home) or (412) 727-6778 (church); Email: willb52@comcast.net

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Our Newest PRC Congregation - Pittsburgh PRC - June 24, 2016 (Updated)

Update: The Pittsburgh PRC formed a trio of Revs. W. Bruinsma, C. Griess (Calvary PRC, Hull, IA), and R. Kleyn (Covenant of Grace, Spokane, WA) to call its first minister.  They will extend a call on July 10, D.V.

It may also be noted the new congregation adopted the official name of Pittsburgh Protestant Reformed Church.

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Rev. W. Bruinsma (missionary) and A. den Hartog (SW PRC) leading the organizational service.

On Friday evening, June 24, 2016, the Pittsburgh PR Fellowship was organized as a PR congregation, under the supervision of the SW PRC, which had been the calling church for this mission. Many visitors were in attendance, including members of the Domestic Mission Committee.

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Below is a note Missionary-pastor W. Bruinsma sent out afterward:

Last night, July 24 the Pittsburgh Protestant Reformed Church was instituted as a congregation in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Keith Bauman and Peter Cnossen were chosen as elders and Anthony Bauman as deacon. We rejoice together with this small body of believers and ask God's continued care as they stand on their own in years to come. The church here greatly appreciates all the prayers and support given in the past years on their behalf. Please continue to pray for them as they begin their labors and witness as a church of Jesus Christ.

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New officebearers signing the Formula of Subscription.

Below is part of the program for the evening (You will also find it attached in pdf form).

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We rejoice with this latest "sister" in our PRC federation, and pray God's richest blessings on her as she shines as Christ's light in that city.


SW PRC Sets June 24 as Date for Pittsburgh Organization

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From the Council of SW PRC, the calling church for the mission in Pittsburgh, PA, comes this significant note:

At the May 11, 2016 meeting of Classis East, approval was given to organize the Pittsburgh Protestant Reformed Fellowship as an instituted church.  SW Protestant Reformed Church was instructed to organize this congregation on the behalf of Classis.  With thanksgiving to God, SW Protestant Reformed Church’s Council, as well as the Pittsburgh Protestant Reformed Fellowship, invites you to Pittsburgh on June 24, 2016, at 7 PM, for this organizational service.  Everyone is invited for a time of refreshment and fellowship following the service.


Building a Godly Family Seminar - Pittsburgh PR Fellowship, May 6-7, 2016

marriage 1This coming weekend, May 6-7 (Friday and Saturday), the PRC church plant in Pittsburgh, PA (PR Fellowship) will be hosting a special seminar on "Building a Godly Family." Pastors W. Bruinsma, C.Haak, and R. Kleyn will be speaking on three subjects relating to this theme - geared to those who are single, to those who seek to be or are married, and to those who plan to have or do have a family.

The subjects are timely and important. All those in the area are welcome to attend. Below is a flyer and advertisement providing some details of the seminar.

Visit the Pittsburgh PR Fellowship website for more information.

The speeches given at this conference are now available on the PRC website. Listen and be edified, whether you are single or married, just beginning a family or have an established family!

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May 6th and 7th, 2016
Building A Godly Family

Prime Material

Pastor Rodney Kleyn of the Reformed Witness Hour will speak on the life of the single believer in the church. In an age and society of promiscuity where fornication has become acceptable, Pastor Kleyn will remind single saints of the need to remain chaste and pure. Men and women who fear God and keep His commandments make for prime material suited for the construction of a godly home and family. Has the Lord just recently by His grace brought you to faith and repentance? Then rejoice! Your past is forgiven and it is time now to exercise yourself in godliness as a single believer in the church.

Careful Selection

Pastor Carl Haak of the Reformed Witness Hour will speak on how to find and select the right person with whom one can construct a godly marriage and family. Selecting the right man or woman is foundational for a solid home. But, how does a believer find a godly spouse? Where does one look? Obviously, one ought not to be searching in the ungodly places of entertainment where unbelievers frequent. But then where? And, what ought one to look for in that person? How will I know I am compatible with him or her? Pastor Haak will give us sound, biblical answers to these questions and more.

Meticulous Construction

Pastor Bill Bruinsma of the Reformed Witness Hour will speak on the need for a husband and wife to pay careful attention to the details of their home and family. This begins with following carefully what the Word of God teaches about their relationship with one another in marriage. If that lifelong bond of marriage is going to be a happy one both husband and wife will need to be meticulous in constructing their marriage according to Scripture. Likewise, they need to pay close attention to what the Word of God says about having and raising their children. The philosophy of the Scripture is different than that of the unbelieving world in this matter. Learn how.

We pray that these three speeches will give insightful instruction in God’s Word for believers in whatever place they find themselves in the church. Come join us free of charge for a time of fellowship and spiritual refreshment! This will give you an opportunity, as well, to meet the three pastors that speak regularly on the Reformed Witness Hour aired Sunday mornings at 10 AM on WORD FM. Come see the faces behind the voices!


Updates from Pittsburgh PR Fellowship - February 2016

Pittsburgh PR Fellowship Updates for February 2016

  • The Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church brought a group of young people out to explore the Pittsburgh area and visit the church here.  I’m not sure if they understand how uplifting this was for our group!  What fun we had getting to know some of the young people of our churches!  Sunday night we played games in the church basement and ate pizza and ice cream sundaes.

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  • Congratulations to Larissa VanPutten on becoming an aunt for the first time!  We all rejoice with her and are reminded what a special place she has in our church.  She is our book keeper and does such an excellent job!
  • The Neighborhood Outreach Committee met January 10.  We are working on planning our spring lecture.  More details to come next month, Lord willing.
  • We have begun meeting Wed. nights to study the church order in preparation of organizing, the Lord willing, sometime this year.

Our Visitors:

  • All from Georgetown church:
    • Katelyn DeYoung, Abigail Miedema, Josh Penna, Clayton Ritsema, Brianna Boven, Elise Boven, Olivia Miedema, Isaac Start, Caleb Bleyenburg, Timothy Bartelds II, Kelli Bleyenburg, Jamie and Dave Ritsema, Heidi Boven, Lyndsey, Dan, and Cameron Boverhoff.

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  • Heather, Tori, Ian, Trenton, Anthony, Hunter, and Kurtis Mowery from Providence PRC.
  • Brad and Trisha Bruinsma, Kari, Skyler and Emma, from Grandville PRC.

Church Events for February:

  • Bible Studies continue to meet on Wed.  One in our church, the other in Cranberry PA.
  • Catechism classes meet Thursday at 10:00 am.
  • Spring Lecture is being planned.

Local Events for February:

  • If you need help or advice planning a spring break trip or summer vacation. Please e-mail the pastor or Mandy Tolsma at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Area camping:  Keystone State Park is a very nice campground.  They have a lake for swimming or fishing and beautiful woods in which to camp. http://www.stateparks.com/keystone_westmoreland.html.
  • Ask for the Protestant Reformed Discount at the Comfort Inn on Rodi Road.
  • The Carnegie Science Center is always a big hit for the family.  Located right along the Ohio River.  It is a good place to start and then walk to explore downtown.  Or take the train!  It is free for those traveling downtown or under the Monongahela River.
  • Incoming Juniors/Seniors:  Are you looking for a great Christian College?  Consider Grove City College.  It is about an hour from Pittsburgh.  In the past students have driven down on Sunday morning and stayed the day to travel home on Sunday night.  It is very encouraging to our church to have students take part in our church life.  And just ask Larissa, there may be a job waiting for you right here in Pittsburgh!



Pittsburgh Mission Updates - December-January 2015

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Once again our Pittsburgh Mission "reporter", Mandy Tolsma, has put together an update on activities and visitors there, this time for December and January 2015. Be sure to check out her news items below - and perhaps plan your own trip to this mission station of the PRC.

  • Our Bible studies met every other Wednesday throughout November and December.  We are discussing I Peter 2 and our duty to submit to our government and show kindness to all men.  We ended the year with a ham dinner and Christmas caroling at our last meeting on December 16.  We will break for a couple weeks.

  • We had a Neighborhood Outreach committee meeting the second week of November and the second week of December.  We are working hard to update our website and our witnessing through the means of social media.

  • The highlight of the month was our Christmas Program after the evening service of December 20.  We had a beautiful narrative written by Monica Nystrom and read by several of the ladies from church which emphasized Christ being born from the line of Isaac and David.  We were treated to a beautiful duet by Titus and Peter Mahtani.  They sang “Oh, Holy Night!”    Corrine Bauman and Monica Nystrom sang “Silent Night” and harmonized very well!  There was an organ and piano duet by Joe Petron and Peter Mahtani.  The Bruinsma family sang “Angels We Have Heard on High.”  These were in addition to the beautiful job our children did.  The school children sang and recited verses telling what the angels announced to Joseph, Mary, and in Luke 2.  The preschool children sang and gave the welcome and ending speeches.  Everyone gave a beautiful testimony that because of the birth and death of Christ, we know He fills our hearts with His Spirit and gives us the ability to sing and quote scripture from the heart.

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Church Activities for January:

  • Bible Studies and Catechism will begin again the week of January 4.

  • NOC (Neighborhood Outreach Committee) will meet the second week of January.  We will begin planning our Spring Lecture.

  • The children will begin practicing for a spring program tentatively scheduled for April. 

Local Events for January:

  • Penguins on Parade will be featured at the Pittsburgh Zoo.  Saturday mornings the penguins are outside of their pen and walking around the zoo!  But only if the temperature at 11:00 is 45 degrees or below.  www.pittsburghzoo.org .

  • Go ice-skating downtown Pittsburgh!  http://www.ppgplace.com/directory/the-rink/ .

  • Check out the Carnegie Science Museum.

  • Check out the National Aviary, the largest in the country!

  • There is still time to check out the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh!  Open until January 16.  http://www.nationalityrooms.pitt.edu/ .

Our Visitors:

  • Rev. Jim and Joan Slopsema from First PRC.

  • Dave and Bonnie Moelker from Hope PRC.

  • Bruce and Sherri Jabaay from Georgetown PRC.

  • John and Pat Pols from Grandville, PRC.

  • Bern and Linda Zandstra from Southwest PRC

  • Tom VanderWoude from Southwest PRC


Mission News from Pittsburgh PR Fellowship - November 2015

Mandy Tolsma, our mission reporter from the Pittsburgh, PA mission station, provides another look at the life and activities of this PR Fellowship. The following is her news update for October/November 2015 (also attached in pdf form) She has also supplied the pictures, for which we thank her:

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Pittsburgh Fellowship Activities for October:

  • Pete and Megan Cnossen had their son, Peter Alan, baptized on October 4.
  • We had a Neighborhood Outreach committee meeting the second Sunday evening of October.  We discussed advertising for our lecture among many other topics.
  • We sponsored a lecture on October 23 with Prof Cammenga speaking on the “Reformation’s Recovery of the Family.”  We welcomed a few new visitors from the area and also people from Ohio and other areas in Pennsylvania.

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  • We welcomed many visitors:

Larry and Cathy and Michelle Looyenga.

Tim and Joan Kaiser and their daughter Amy from Grandville PRC.

Al and Betty Meurer and their daughter Jennifer from Bethel PRC.

Joshua and Christine Meurer and their three sons from Bethel PRC.

Dave and Jamie Ritsema from Georgetown PRC.

Professor Ronald and Mrs. Rhonda Cammenga.

Judi Kalsbeek from Faith PRC.

Church Activities for November and December:

  • Fellowship dinner scheduled for November 8 and December 13
  • We welcome members of the Domestic Mission Committee November 7 and 8.
  • Thanksgiving Day services on November 26.
  • We will celebrate Lord’s Supper, Lord willing, December 13.
  • Christmas Program will be in the evening of Sunday, December 20.
  • Christmas Day services
  • New Year’s Eve service.

Local Events for November and December:

Book a hotel room at the Comfort Inn on Rodi Road and request the Protestant Reformed Church discount!


Updates from Pittsburgh PR Fellowship - September 2015

Pittsburgh PRC group 2015Mandy Tolsma is the new "mission reporter" from Pittsburgh, PA. In her own words, "...It is my new job to send out information regarding the Pittsburgh Mission Field. I am going to send out monthly updates on what is going on in our Field and in our community so that we might encourage people to come visit the field!"

Mandy provides the following news update for September 2015 on the Pittsburgh PR Fellowship (also attached in pdf form):

  • We welcomed a new baby in our group. Pete and Megan Cnossen were blessed with a baby boy on September 2. David Alan was welcomed home by his parents and 2 sisters, Nelle and Clara, and his brother, Tyler.
  • We celebrated the Lord’s Supper on September 13. Rev. DenHartog and Elder Ed Reitsma and Deacons Mike Hanko and Jeff DeVries came as a delegation from Southwest PRC. The elders were here to oversee the administering of the Lords Supper and conduct Family Visitation. The Elders and Deacons met with our Steering Committee. This Delegation comes to Pittsburgh twice a year.
  • We welcomed many guests from our other Protestant Reformed Churches this month. They included:
  • Brad and Trisha Bruinsma and family visiting from Grandville PRC and staying for Labor Day weekend.
  • Becca Joostens, Sarah Joostens, and Laura DeVries from Grandville, PRC who stayed the weekend on their way to Washington, DC.
  • Max and Virginia Moore from our Loveland, CO congregation on their way to Virginia to see their daughter.
  • The first weekend in October we welcomed Dan and Anna Mae Bodbyl from Grandville, PRC and Al and Sam VanDyke from Trinity PRC who stayed the weekend before heading to Washington, D.C.
  • Mike and Helen Cnossen from Hudsonville, PRC were here October 4 to witness the baptism of their grandson, David Alan.
  • Steve Kuiper was the delegate from Southwest PRC who came to oversee the sacrament of baptism.
  • We rejoiced with Pete and Megan Cnossen and witnessed the baptism of their new baby boy on October 4.

Pittsburgh Mission Family Retreat This Weekend, Feb.6-7, 2015

Discipline 1Plan now to attend the Pittsburgh PR Fellowship (Mission) special family retreat to be held in Cranberry, PA (north Pittsburgh) Feb.6-7, 2015 (this coming weekend).

The theme is "The Christian's Need of Discipline." On February 6 (this Friday) during the evening Rev. R.Van Overloop (Grace PRC, Grand Rapids, MI) will speak on the subject, "Discipline of Self." Rev. W.Bruinsma, PRC missionary-pastor in Pittsburgh, will speak Saturday morning, Feb.7, on the subject, "Discipline By Others."

Registration starts at 3:30 p.m. Friday and will run no later than 5 p.m. The evening meal will start at 5:30 p.m sharp and the lecture at 7 pm.

The weekend promises to be a time of wonderful instruction and fellowship. The venue for the retreat will be the Doubletree by Marriot (formerly Four Points Sheraton) in north Pittsburgh (Cranberry Township). For more information, visit the mission website.


Reformation Day Lecture in Pittsburgh, PA - Public Invited!

ProfBG-2012-1The time has arrived! This coming Friday night, November 7 at 7 PM the Pittsburgh PR Fellowship will host their 17th annual Reformation Day lecture.

Prof. B.Gritters of the PRC Seminary has agreed to speak for us on the subject:

"What Does It Mean to Be Reformed?"

This lecture is open to the public and all in the area are invited. Won't you join us for the answer to this timely and important question?

For more information and for directions, visit the Pittsburgh PR Fellowship website. Below is the special postcard they sent out advertising the lecture.

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Lecture on Calvinism in Pittsburgh Friday, May 9, and in Cranberry Wednesday, May 14!

The Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Pittsburgh will be hosting a lecture on Calvinism on Friday night, May 9, 2014 in their church building, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The lecture will be repeated in Cranberry (an area of special labor north of Pittsburgh) on Wednesday, May 14.

Missionary-pastor Wilbur Bruinsma plans to speak on "What DID John Calvin Teach?" To watch a video introducing this lecture, visit the Pittsburgh Mission website.

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All in the area are cordially invited to attend. There will be opportunity for questions as well as fellowship after the lecture. For directions, or to contact missionary Bruinsma, visit their website.

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