On November 11, 1988 our denomination received the addition of a new church, with the organization of Peace Protestant Reformed Church. Peace Church is a daughter church of our South Holland Protestant Reformed Church.

The Friday evening organizational service was a solemn, joyous occasion. The service took place in the South Holland Church; and the sermon was preached fittingly by Professor David J. Engelsma. The text was I Timothy 3:15, 16, with the topic being, “The Church as Pillar and Ground of the Truth.” The sermon emphasized the high and lofty calling of the newly organized church, as the pillar and ground of the truth.

Following the sermon, the organizational committee appointed by Classis West presided over the institutional session. This committee was comprised of the South Holland Council with Reverend Ronald J. Van Overloop as moderator. First in order was the announcing of the names of the families and individuals who were committed to be members of the new congregation. The names were read for verification and the membership certificates were thus transferred. Next; and most importantly, three elders and two deacons were elected by free election according to Article 38 of the Church Order. Following in order, the form for the Installation of Elders and Deacons was read; and the office bearers were installed in their respective offices. Proceeding further, the reading of the Formula of Subscription took place; and the signing of this most important documental pledge was performed by the office bearers.

Peace Church is comprised of 24 families and 7 individuals, 55 confessing members, and 56 baptized children, totaling 111 souls. The group was studying organization for over a year for two reasons: 1) to alleviate crowded conditions in the South Holland Church and 2) to locate a new church south of Lansing, Illinois in a closer proximity to its new members. Peace Church had its first Sunday worship services under the leadership of Reverend Wayne Bekkering on November 13, 1988. Its present temporary location is at Illiana Christian High School at 2261 Indiana Ave., Lansing, Illinois. The chapel of the high school is a very suitable place for worship. God willing, Peace Protestant Reformed Church will eventually locate south of South Holland and Lansing in the Lynwood, Illinois area. Very much work lies ahead for the new church and her council. We pray that God will give us the grace and the means to carry it out faithfully.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20, 21.