Colorado Church Turns 100

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This month, Immanuel Christian Reformed Church of Fort Collins, Colo., celebrates its 100th birthday. However, it hasn’t always been a Christian Reformed congregation.

Pastor John Terpstra shares a story.

“It’s a great story of how this church survived three different countries, three different denominations, a language change, yet somehow there’s still a thriving ministry,” said John Terpstra, the church’s pastor.

In 1912, thirty Volga Germans established Evangelische Immanuels-Gemeinde. The church faced many changes over the years, almost closing its doors in 1962.

Then a Colorado State University student, whose home church was Second CRC in Denver, suggested that the church speak to his home pastor about pulpit supply.

“It just so happened that he came to church that day and they (Immanuel) joined the CRC,” stated Terpstra.

About the Author

Sarah Boonstra is the Banner's regional news correspondent for classes Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone.

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