PRC Archives: Hope PRC (Walker, MI) Celebrates Centennial

HopePRC-GRThis weekend the Hope PRC of Walker, MI will celebrate her 100th anniversary, complete with a special program Friday evening in the First CRC of Jenison, a church picnic Saturday, and special services on Sunday led by her pastor, Rev. David Overway, and a son of the congregation, Rev. Ken Koole.

These are the advertisements they have produced and published for the event, to which you are cordially invited.


WE WELCOME YOU to the one-hundredth anniversary celebration of Hope Protestant Reformed Church on Friday, June 10, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in First Jenison Christian Reformed Church. The celebration will feature a meditation titled “A House Built by Christ,” singing by Hope’s children, young people, and anniversary choir, a PowerPoint presentation titled “One Hundred Years Ago in the River’s Bend,” a panel discussion titled “Reflections of the Past One Hundred Years,” with refreshments to follow. If you are unable to join the celebration in person, the events of the evening will be live streamed at

SpiritualHouse-HopePRC-100thThe RFPA is publishing a special book marking this significant anniversary and covering the history of this congregation (which is also the church in which I grew up and where my parents as well as one brother and his family are still members). The title is A Spiritual House Preserved: A Century in the River’s Bend and is edited by lifetime member and church historian Cal Kalsbeek (hardcover, 752 pp.). Whether you are a current or former member of Hope PRC, or grew up in the Riverbend area, or simply want to learn about the history of a faithful Reformed church of Jesus Christ, you will want to obtain and benefit from this book.

I did a feature over two years ago on Hope PRC, with a few pictures from her 50th anniversary booklet and one from a 1967 church picnic. Today I will add a few pictures from an archive folder we have on this congregation, and add a few from an early Young People’s Convention she helped to host.

Here is the former church building and parsonage (pictures taken in August of 1959 when I was a year old – but I remember the old church well!), situated where Hope PR Christian School is now (Who lives in the parsonage now?).


A young people’s society photo during the Rev. J. Heys’ years (1941-1955), including my own mother (next to her good friend Donna Kooienga front and far left – how many people can you identify?):


And from the 1958 PRC YP’s Convention booklet hosted by Hope and Creston PRCs:



UPDATE: Thanks to Nick Kleyn, we can include a video of one of Hope’s choir selections at the program that evening.

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