deep and wide building campaign


updates (early February):

  • Steel framing for the new northern entrance is set to begin. 

  • The first floor bathrooms, work in the nursery/little lambs continue.

  • The chancel trim work is completed. 


Nearly three years ago, Second Reformed Church launched a Capital Campaign. We not only recognized needed repairs for our building and organ, but we also discerned new opportunities to serve the community in the name of Jesus Christ.  And so in early 2015 we prayerfully began to consider how our building could be better utilized as part of a mission to share with our neighbors the good news of Christ's all-embracing love. Fast forward to fall 2017, and construction is just about to begin! Second Reformed Church is thankful to the many who have offered prayers, words of encouragement, and financial support of this campaign. 


The Deep and Wide Building Campaign for Second Reformed Church in Zeeland was conceived early in 2015, but its origins stretch back over 100 years to our founding. We were a missional church before anyone used such terminology. Not only did our forebears begin worshiping in English instead of Dutch, they also saw themselves as both welcoming and serving citizens of the New World.

The decades since its founding have seen Second Church's missional DNA lived out. Inviting hospitality is just as necessary today as it was when we established ourselves as the first English speaking church in Zeeland. We continually want to go deep and wide. A desire for Deep compels us to learn and experience both what it means to be loved by and to serve the risen Christ. Wide compels us to welcome everyone: the well and the unwell, the rich and the poor, she who loves church and he who is uncertain. We invite every person into the fellowship of our family.


Near to the heart of downtown Zeeland, Second Reformed Church is in a great location in a critical moment for the church as we seek to embody the gospel in fresh ways and join the Holy Spirit in transforming every person who walks into and out from our doors throughout the week. We envision a future where our physical building is a tool that supports and strengthens our ministry to each other and neighbors.

The building project is focusing on several key areas of improvement:


Our stately and beautiful southern-facing front entry is no longer used by most people, since our parking lot is off of the rear, north-facing entry. Unfortunately, the north entrance is not accessible or easily recognizable as an entrance to Second Reformed Church.  Since the north entrance faces Zeeland's downtown, we desire for our "city side" entry to visually usher and welcome the community.

Updates to the North Entry and First Floor:

  • Design an attractive and welcoming new entrance
  • Make it accessible to all
  • Provide energy conservation and green roof
  • Expand lobby area to include more seating
  • Create additional storage space
  • Add new square footage upstairs for meeting and conference rooms
  • Add new ADA compliant restrooms
  • Re-envision coffee serving area and carpets  
  • Remodel entrance to the nursery and little lambs rooms 


One of our most critical resources for fostering creativity and thoughtfulness in worship is the design of our sanctuary and chancel area. We would like to have a space that can host a rich variety of worship offerings, as well as concerts, dialogues, and lectures. Our current stationary pulpits, static choir loft, and immovable organ console limit both flexibility and accessibility.

Updates to the Chancel Area:

  • Make all chancel elements adaptable, movable, and removable
  • Adapt the floor space to increase capability for different configurations of choristers, instrumentalists, or audience
  • Provide sound amplification
  • Create new storage space behind chancel for instruments
  • Add new sacristy area behind chancel
  • Add new lift for full access to chancel level


Our warmly liturgical worship shares the historic and contemporary message of life in Christ. Although a variety of instruments help us make music, the pipe organ of Second Reformed Church is crucial to enlivening and deepening our worship. Unfortunately, the electrical mechanisms within our 44-year-old organ are wearing out. Also, the stationary organ console limits how the chancel is utilized.

Organ restorations & improvements:

  • Restore organ console with new technology
  • Repair and maintain pipes and organ works
  • Make the console movable
  • Add new pipes including some exposed pipes


Our kitchen has great potential to deepen and widen our ministry. It is used extensively for Wednesday night dinners and youth group meals. However, many avoid using it because of limited preparation and serving capability. It lacks freezer storage, serving counter space, functional oven capability, a dishwasher, and an appropriate exhaust fan. The new design addresses these needs and provides a usable kitchen that can accommodate future potential for new ministries, such as a neighborhood meal ministry, where we can feed and welcome people with true nourishment.

Updates to the kitchen:

  • Increase footprint of kitchen
  • Add dishwashing equipment, freezer, exhaust fan that meets code
  • Create a beverage bar
  • Add and reconfigure serving capability


Please contact one of the leaders of the construction phase of our capital campaign, Ann Query or Tom DenHerder.

Financial questions may be directed to our treasurer, Kathi Carlson (


Our budget for this project via gifts and pledges:


The generosity of members and friends has been wonderful. To account for the immediate cash-flow needs of the construction project, we'll use a building loan. Your fulfilled pledges in the next few months allow us to take on less of a loan, and incur less interest, as well. Again, thank you for your generosity to not only our capital campaign, but also to our general budget. 

Finance-related questions may be directed to our treasurer, Kathi Carlson (

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