News from our churches

Trivia question

Which Protestant Reformed congregation met in the basement of the local community building for more than ten years following the split of 1953 before reclaiming their church building? Answer to be found in the Church Profile section of this article.

Minister activities

Kalamazoo PRC formed a new trio: Rev. R. Barnhill (Peace PRC, IL), Rev. J. Engelsma (Doon, IA), Rev. C. Spronk (Faith PRC, MI). Rev. Ryan Barnhill received this call.

Cornerstone PRC (Dyer, IN) called Rev. G. Eriks (Hudsonville PRC) to be their next pastor. On Febru­ary 2 Rev. Eriks announced his decline of this call. We are again thankful that the King of the church grants clear indication of His will in these matters.

Young peoples’ activities

Chaperone registration for the 2020 Young People’s Convention hosted by Georgetown PRC is now open! The convention is planned for August 10–14, 2020 at the Lake Williamson Camp in Carlinville, IL. To register, go to, and follow the instructions under the Chaperone tab. If you have any questions, send an email to

Mission activities

Rev. A. Lanning spoke at the annual mission conference in Kolkata, India. The conference theme was, “Ye Are

My Witnesses,” and included five speeches and Sunday worship. Rev. Lanning was gone January 21–28.

Also in January, Rev. Carl and Mary Haak and Deane and Donna Wassink visited the PRC of Vellore, India. Their work included meeting with the Tamil and English churches, working with the Grace Foster Home, visiting with members of the church and the consisto­ry of the PRCV, and other work. Rev. Bill and Mary Bruinsma also spent time there from late January into February. Pastor Haak and Rev. Bruinsma provided training for area ministers and students of the PRCV for a five-week period, and hope to follow up these classes with regular Skype classes throughout the coming year.

School activities

The Ladies’ Circle of the Northwest Iowa PR School in Doon, IA was busy at work for the school, announcing their regular meeting and inviting new members. They also planned a soup supper and a Winter Pool Party. The school’s All-School Program is planned for March 6.

Congregational activities

With the beginning of a new calendar year and with new officebearers being installed, we also note the beginning of a new family visitation season. May God bless this important work of the church and use it for the good of the families and the elders.