Church History

The Story of our Church

On October 31, 1855 The Second Reformed Church was organized, and the first service was held on November 11th in the “Church on the Green”. Shortly thereafter, in 1856, our first church building was erected on land at State and Berry Streets donated by Mrs. Maria Berry and her children. This building burned to the ground on Easter Sunday night in 1907, and for two years the congregation held services in the old Methodist Church, also on State Street.
The cornerstone of our present church, located on Union Street between Anderson and Ward Streets, was laid on June 21, 1908. It is constructed of fieldstone taken from the stone walls of nearby farms. The education and administration wing built in 1964-65 is also constructed of fieldstone. The Tiffany stained glass windows in the sanctuary have been much admired by all who have seen them. The large angel window, The Angels of Praise, was exhibited at the 1893 International Exhibition in Chicago. In 1978 a new 38 rank Austin pipe organ was installed and dedicated, supporting the tradition of fine music that our church has enjoyed over the years.
 In 2005 we celebrated the 150th anniversary of our church. We look back on a memorable past of service to God in our community with grateful hearts for His many blessings. We look forward to continuing our tradition of care to our community by working hard to say with action, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
For another summary of our church history and a high resolution photo of one of our most beautiful stained glass windows, see the downloads below.

Historic Photos of our Church

For a look at some historic pictures of our original church, the fire that destroyed it and the building of our present church building, see the downloads below.
Pastors Serving the Second Reformed Church
James Demarest
George H. Fisher
Cyrus B. Durand
Arthur Johnson
John Charles Rauscher
Harvey B. Hoffman
Daniel Y. Brink
Robert A. Phillips
1962-1964 (associate)
Edwin G. Mulder
David H. Manting
1976-1979 (associate)
Jack K. White
Jon N. Norton
Dennis B. Wilcox
Dale Buettner
Anna Jackson 2017 -
Dwayne Jackson 2017 -