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Our History


Hope Reformed Church began with a meeting of more than 30 people at the Farm Bureau building in Spencer on May 22, 1949.  Under the guidance of the regional association of Reformed Churches (the East Sioux Classis) a church was organized and chartered in February 1950.  The first pastor was Chester Droog.

Originally, the congregation used the Episcopal Church building on 5th Avenue East in a shared arrangement with the Episcopal congregation.  In 1952, when First Congregational Church built a new building, Hope Church entered into an arrangement to buy their old building on E 3rd St.  At the time of the purchase, Hope Church had grown to 120 members.

In the 1960s the congregation doubled in size.  Land was purchased along North Grand Ave. in the hopes of eventually building a new facility there.  Then, on Prom Night 1970, a fire at a neighboring laundromat spread to the church and totally destroyed it.  This was the impetus that was needed to begin construction on the current building at 919 Grand, and the congregation moved into its present location in August of 1971.

During its lifetime, Hope Church has been blessed with two especially long serving pastors.  Albert Moss served from 1969 until 1988, and Perry DeGroot served from 1989 until 2006.  Pastor Moss was instrumental in helping the congregation establish itself in its current building and introduced the idea of additional pastoral staff.  Pastor DeGroot helped the church establish a vision statement and adjust from “the way things have always been done” to a church that is intent on being relevant to a changing culture.

The building has also seen some changes.  In 1979 the balcony in the sanctuary was expanded and an additional wing of classrooms was added.  In 1999-2000 a large fellowship hall and a new kitchen (what we call “The Harbor”) was built.  In 2007, the main hallway between the lobby and the Harbor (including the nursery and library) was completed.

In 2005, in an effort to offer more church options to the people of Spencer without a church home, our second service—The Junction, was begun.  This casual, interactive service meets on Sunday mornings in the Harbor Room at 919 Grand Ave.

Today, the Sunday morning worship service at 919 Grand averages about 300 people, and the Junction service averages about 60 people.  Hope Church also offers a dynamic children’s program, a growing youth program, many adult small groups, and volunteer opportunities.

May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace.
Romans 15:13

 
 

Reformed Church in America
 

Hope Church is happy to be a part of the Reformed Church in America (RCA) denomination.  

The origins of the RCA trace back to the founding of New Amsterdam (now New York) by the Dutch in 1620.  The RCA has the longest continuous presence of any church body in North America.

For many years the RCA was made up primarily of people with a Dutch heritage, and thus Reformed Churches are most evident in New York, Western Michigan and portions of Iowa.  The past several decades, however, have seen a determined effort to cross cultural and ethnic boundaries and today the RCA includes 300,000 people of many cultures across the North American continent.

The theology of the RCA is what is known in church circles as “Reformed.”  That means we believe in a very strong God who takes a central role in every aspect of our salvation.  It also means we believe God wants His people to be active in transforming culture. Traditionally, Reformed Churches practice infant baptism and open communion.

RCA churches are led by a “consistory” composed of the pastor and elders and deacons chosen from the congregation.  They work in cooperation with other area Reformed Churches (known as a “classis”) and with the national church.  In both historic beliefs and church governance the RCA is very similar to the Presbyterian family of churches.

The RCA uses the following mission statement:

The Reformed Church in America is a fellowship of congregations called by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit to be the very presence of Jesus Christ in the world.

Our shared task is to equip congregations for ministry--a thousand churches in a million ways doing one thing--following Christ in mission, in a lost and broken world so loved by God.

To learn more about the RCA, visit www.rca.org.