wELCOME TO piLLAR chURCH!
Pillar is a dual affiliation congregation of the Reformed Church in America and the Christian Reformed Church in North America. Our dual affiliation status represents a deeper commitment to participate in God’s reconciling work in the world wherever and whenever it is needed.
We believe God has chosen the Church to carry out his purposes for the world so the health and vibrancy of the local church is not a selfish endeavor but God's desire for us.
We are blessed to be on the corner of 9th and College, essentially on the campus of Hope College. We consider it a gift and take seriously the opportunity to join the Hope College community in raising up students for leadership in the church and around the world.
Holland is another gift to us. It is our heart's desire and hope that as a church strategically located at the center of our downtown area, we will share in the continued work of restoration in our community.
Why The Rooster?
The image of a rooster plays an important role in the life of the church. When the building was built in 1856 at the top of the largest building in the city at this strategic location the church founders hoisted a tin rooster and set it as a weather vane.
Throughout church history the rooster has been used, particularly in churches of the reformed tradition, to symbolize one of two things. First, the rooster reminds people of Peter’s denial of Christ and Christ’s subsequent reinstatement of Peter. The church is always made up of the broken and the blessed.
Secondly, the rooster rises before the sun and declares the coming of the light. In the same way the church is the herald to the world, the light is coming.
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In 1847 a band of immigrants led by Albertus Van Raalte was invited by the state of Michigan to establish a community on the west side of the state. The first thing they did was to plant a church: a church for the community. After enduring a very harsh first winter, the community in Holland began to flourish. As did the church. Within 10 years, in 1856, they built the building in which we still worship. Members of the Pillar community helped to establish the Holland Charter Academy that became Hope College. It also played a crucial role in the establishment of Western Theological Seminary. There was a significant division that occurred in the church in 1882 that sent two denominations (The CRC and the RCA) spiraling in opposite directions. After 130 years of division Pillar re-established itself 2012. The intention of the reestablishment was to return to its first commitment to be a church for the city: reconciling divisions, raising up leaders, redeeming the city, renewing the church.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Pillar Church worships the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit who is revealed most fully in Jesus Christ. We are a confessional church and so we embrace three ecumenical creeds (Apostles' Creed, Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed, and Athanasian Creed), and three Reformed Confessions (Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dordt), as well as the Belhar Confession.
We accept each of these as historic and faithful witness to the Word of God. They root us in the historic Christian Faith, and guide our contemporary confession of faith in our day and context.
Pillar Church is located in the dynamic nexus between the downtown Holland corridor on one side and the Hope College campus on the other. The 1856 Greek revival architecture building stands out in this strategic location. It survived the fire of 1871 and so remains the oldest building in the city of Holland. The six Pillars, built on site with a cedar beam in the center surrounded by tapered boards like barrel staves, welcome beautifully all who pass them and enter Pillar's doors.