Iowa Church Celebrates 100 Years

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Ocheyedan (Iowa) Christian Reformed Church celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. The church began in 1913 with six families from Orange City, Iowa, who relocated in Ocheyedan.

Ocheyedan CRC 100th Anniversary

Two world wars and some misunderstandings over the use of the Dutch language in worship services affected the church’s growth. But in 1947 the congregation remodeled its building and started a Christian school.

Today the congregation has 275 members and is led by Bill Van Der Heide, the church’s 15th pastor.

Ocheyedan CRC actively supports United Christians International, an organization dedicated to helping the Haitian people. The congregation sponsors a missionary couple from that organization.

The anniversary celebration will take place on June 23, with the theme taken from Psalm 100:5.

About the Author

Kyle Hoogendoorn is a freelance news correspondent for The Banner. He lives in Rock Valley, Iowa.