Fundraiser for Ministries in Iraq

In light of recent events in Iraq, Canon Andrew White has appealed for support of his ministry in Baghdad: The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME). Canon White preached at Pillar last year and continues to lead a ministry for Christians throughout Iraq. Many Iraqi Christians are internally displaced, having been forced out of their homes into rapidly shrinking safe havens. Canon Andrew White was recently awarded the inaugural Anne Frank Award for Human Dignity and Tolerance by the Dutch government for his work with FRRME (see here). There is an update from FRRME at the bottom of this post.

On Sunday 21 you’ll have the opportunity to give a financial gift to this ministry as we give our offerings and tithes that day. If you wish to give to Canon Andrew White’s ministry, please put “FRRME” in the memo line of your check or on your offering envelope. Pastors Jon Brown and Chris DeVos also invite you to participate in the Park2Park 1/2 marathon or 5K (run, bike or walk). Registration costs for the race go to support Neighbors Plus, a local outreach ministry led by Sheri Santos, that Pillar supports. As part of the event, you can also pledge a set amount per mile set aside for FRRME.

Our goal is to raise $15,000 in support of FRRME through our September financial offering and pledges for runners. If you haven’t already registered, please do so ASAP!  Pledge forms for runners are available on the back table in the lobby. Email for further information.


Henry Luke Orombi Preaching on September 28

Sunday September 28, we have the privilege of welcoming the retired Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Reverend Henry Luke Orombi.

It is a privilege to welcome the former Archbishop Orombi to Pillar Church on Sunday, September 28. Archbishop Orombi is the former Archishop of the church of Uganda and a friend to Pillar through our mission partner, Words of Hope. The combination of his deep love for Jesus, his strong commitment to the church and his eager longing for the gospel to be heard by anyone anywhere makes his presence with us an absolute gift.

Archbishop Orombi received his education at Bishop Tucker Theological College - known today as Uganda Christian University, Mukono Uganda, and St John's College at the University of Nottingham (U.K.). 

Archbishop Orombi will be preaching at both the 9am and 10:30am services.

The August Cackle

The August Cackle is now available! You can pick up a hard copy at church or download it here.

Wednesday Noon Organ Series Videos

The Wednesday Noon Organ series continues every Wednesday at Pillar Church. Videos from these performances are now available online! You can view the performances at:


The performance schedule for the rest of the summer is as follows:
July 23        Mark DeWitt
July 30        Dr. Norene Walters, D.M.A.
August 6    David Schout
August 13    Kristen Baron
August 20    Rhonda Edgington
August 27    Jonathan Tuuk

Pictures from the Philadelphia CSM trip!

Here are some of the pictures from the recent Youth Group mission trip to Philadelphia. You can also read Matt's update here.

Keep an eye out for a more detailed update in the July Cackle!

Pillar Church Mentioned in National Media

Pillar Church was recently featured in national news in an article, penned by Rev. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson (the previous General Secretary for the RCA), on the joint RCA & CRC synod held in Pella, IA last week.

Rev. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

Rev. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

Summer Preaching Schedule

The preaching schedule for this summer is as follows:

June 22 - Reverend Jon Brown

June 29 - Reverend Jon Brown

July 6 - Reverend Jon Brown

July 13 - Mary Hulst, College Chaplain at Calvin College

July 20 - Trygve Johnson, Hinga-Boersma Dean of the Chapel at Hope College

August 3 - Reverend Jon Brown

August 10 - Denise Kingdom-Grier, Senior Pastor at Maple Avenue Ministries

August 17 - Reverend Chris DeVos

August 24 - Reverend Jon Brown

Meet the Candidates for Elder and Deacon

The council has approved the following candidates for elder and deacon (under their name is a quick introduction from the people nominated):


Ken Beukelman - Elder

"My name is Ken Beukelman and I have been a member of Pillar Church for 28 years.  My wife Laurel and I have been married for 28 years and we have two daughters, Merideth and Lydia. Maria Roth has joined our family for her Junior and Senior year of high school at Holland Christian. Merideth, a recent Calvin graduate, will be moving to Germany later this summer to teach at Black Forest Academy (a middle and high school boarding school for children of missionaries).  Lydia will be a Junior at Hope and she's studying Creative Writing, Business Administration, and Japanese.  Siblings at Hope and Calvin...who would have guessed it? Maria is the daughter of Don & Bev Roth who are Wycliffe missionaries in Mexico and sister to Josh Roth. Maria has become like a third daughter for us. I am the business manager at Dykstra Funeral Homes and Laurel is a State Farm agent.  Pillar has been a huge part of our family's life.  I look forward to serving on the board and being open to what God has in store for the Pillar Community."


Leah Luyk - Deacon

"My name is Leah Luyk. My husband is Daniel and we've been married almost six years. I am currently a student at Calvin Seminary in the Master of Theological Studies program with a concentration in Missions. I love learning languages, listening to stories, and traveling. I think Apollo 13 is the greatest movie of all time."


Josh Bauman - Deacon

"I had the privilege of growing up in Manistee, MI, then moving to Holland to attend Hope College. It was at Hope, through a variety of experiences, where I truly began to feel God's calling on my life. While there I met my wife, Stephanie, and we are now blessed with two boys, Jonathan (4) and Charlie (2). As a family, we love spending time together; in fact, that's probably my favorite pastime. We enjoy living in Holland and taking advantage of all of the outstanding recreational opportunities it offers. Personally, I have a passion for sports of all kinds, and in my spare time enjoy doing home improvement projects, eating and cooking great food, and spending time outdoors, especially at the beach. Professionally, I am grateful to work for Holland Hospital as the Facilities Manager, which I truly enjoy.

Our family has been attending Pillar for nearly two years and put simply, we love it. During this time, we as a family and myself personally, have experienced much growth in our faith and in fellowship. We are thankful for the opportunity to worship at Pillar and are excited to be a part of the work that God is doing here. I am humbled at the prospect of becoming a deacon, and thrilled with the opportunity to serve God where such amazing things are happening each and everyday."


Ken, Leah, and Josh are being recommended for approval of the congregation at a congregational meeting on Sunday, June 29.

The Tours Continue!

The tours continue! If you haven't had a chance to take part in one of the historic tours of our church you are not too late! Tours continue Thursday and Friday at 8:30am until noon, and Saturday 8:30am- 10:30am. Come visit!

Organ Concert Tonight

There will be an organ concert at Pillar Church tonight at 7:45 featuring David Troiano. 

2014 Summer Organ Concert Schedule

The schedule for the 2014 Organ Concert Series at Pillar Church has been announced. 





12:15 PM

JUNE 4                       Jane Bosko

JUNE 11                      David Heinze

JUNE 18                     Fredrick DeHaven

JUNE 25                    Dr. Greg Crowell DMA

JULY 2                       Marie Blauwkamp

JULY 9                       Dr. Joan Ringerwole DMA

JULY 16                     Jim Folkert

JULY 23                    Mark DeWitt

JULY 30                    Dr. Norene Walters DMA

AUGUST 6                David Schout

AUGUST 13              Kristen Baron

AUGUST 20             Rhonda Edgington

AUGUST 27             Jonathan Tuuk

Holy Week Schedule

Holy Week Services


April 17 - Maundy Thursday 7pm

April 18 - Good Friday Noon- Rev. Chris Dorsey

April 18 – Stations of the Cross 5pm dinner 5:45 Stations begin

April 20 - Easter 9:00am and 10:30am - Rev. Jon Brown


The Maundy Thursday Service will be located in the basement and will be a worship gathering of reflection on Mark 14 and 15 with scripture recitation, song, prayer, and communion. Childcare will be provided.


Good Friday will be structured similar to our Sunday worship services with communion, preaching, songs, and prayer. Childcare will be provided.


Stations of the cross is structured to be a more family oriented event, specifically with children in mind. There will be a light dinner served at 5pm with the stations to follow at 5:45


Easter Sunday morning will be a full celebration of the resurrection. Children will be involved, sacred dance will be included, and the choir will be singing.  You are welcome and encouraged to invite your neighbors, friends, and coworkers to join us!

The Hope College Hageman faith Series

The Hope College Hageman faith series is proud to host Os Guinness. He is an author, social critic, and great great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer. Please join us at Pillar Church on March 5, at 8PM to hear his presentation, “Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times.”