The Second Christian Reformed Church of Pella was founded in August 1897 with 22 families and 109 souls after splitting from the Fourth Reformed Church. Our first pastor was Richard Vande Kieft who had come to Pella from the Netherlands in 1895. Our first meeting place was a crowded City Hall (then on Main Street) until a building was obtained through John Van Den Berg in 1897 at our current site. Music at worship consisted solely of songs sung by the congregation from their own Psalm books. All the services were in the Dutch language until the time of World War I. Our church has been in the same building since that as our congregation has continued to change.
In 1997 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of our church. Download a PDF of the origins of our church written by Rev. William Zeilstra.
We are a mix of age ranges with young families with children all the way up to over 100 years of age. A large part of Second Christian Reformed Church is serving the community. We regularly participate in building PET carts in Leighton, IA, work with Habitat for Humanity, and many other projects. In 2015 Habitat for Humanity recognized us with the volunteer of the year award.