With Hands

SHARING THE GOOD NEWS
Both locally and globally, Third Reformed Church seeks to live out its call to Know Christ and Make Christ Known. By partnering with organizations and individuals from our community and around the globe, we work to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and effect positive change.
LOCAL MISSONS

Third Reformed Church is in the central city district of Holland, MI.
Seeking to be a bridge within our neighborhood and community, we have been led by the spirit to begin local ministries. Below are the local ministries of Third Reformed Church and the community partners we support.

Their focus has been to increase TRC’s practical capacity to welcome Spanish speaking visitors to LIFT as well as to offer a Spanish language worship service on Sundays.

Three times a year, the church organizes programs for children and youth that deliberately include people from the community. In spring 2019 more than one hundred children searched for eggs in our Easter Egg/Holy Treasure Hunt. The first week in August, the church develops a creative Vacation Bible School in the evening. To kick off VBS, we host the Backyard Bash on the last Wednesday of July.
Third Church has recently sponsored a refugee family from Afghanistan in partnership with Bethany Christian Services. There are more displaced people today than since before World War II. As a part of our witness to this global crisis, we have chosen to respond by hosting a family and partnering with other churches in Holland to host more families.
Affordable housing has been a growing challenge in our community. For numerous years, we have partnered with Good Samaritan Ministries (GSM) to provide housing for people in transition in our community. This ministry has been a vital and important part of our witness to the neighborhood. We currently own three homes with GSM serving as a primary partner.
In partnership with Hope Reformed Church, we provide mentors and tutors to Vanderbilt Charter Elementary School in Holland. This ministry provides an avenue for members of the church to be in relationship with local students who are in special need of a caring adult.
This ministry provides Christian education and fellowship for adults with developmental disabilities. Every Thursday evening at 7 p.m., from September through April, students meet in our Fellowship Hall for a Bible lesson, activity, singing, and one-on-one tutoring about the lesson with a volunteer.
This ministry provides childcare and preschool for children of migrant workers while they are hard at work in the local fields. Buen Pastor also plans a 32-week program for native Spanish-speaking children to prepare them to be Ready to Learn. Each summer, members of the congregation are paired with a migrant child to work on reading and basic skills.
Rev. Bob and Nancy Laning have been pastors to Japanese students and residents of West Michigan since 2014. Their work involves pastoring, preaching, praise and worship, support, counseling, and sustaining an after-service dinner.
In partnership with the City, Michigan Works, and Escape Ministries, we host a group of at-risk students for a week each summer to provide them with work experience and mentorship.
Third Reformed Church has joined the neighborhood collaborative team called Washington School Neighbors, which also includes First United Methodist Church, Hope Reformed Church, and St. Francis de Sales Parish in partnership with Good Samaritan Ministries. Washington School Neighbors aims to strengthen the neighborhood of our churches by mobilizing the residents to work together to improve the quality of life.
Third Reformed Church is a covenant partner of Hope College. We have students serving at the church in youth ministry, Wednesday Night LIFT program, and as choir interns. We also have 10-15 families sponsoring an international student through Hope College.

Community Action House
Habitat for Humanity
Holland Rescue Mission
Salvation Army
Holland Free Health Clinic
Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance
Women in Transition
Ottawa Area Recovery
Children’s Advocacy Center
Midtown Counseling
Young Life of Holland
CASA
Boys and Girls Club of Holland
Camp Geneva
Hope College
Western Theological Seminary
New Brunswick Theological Seminary

GLOBAL MISSONS

We partner with many organizations to fulfill our vision of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ on a global scale.

Congregants donate to support Iglesia Frontera de Gracia (INPM) in Cuidad Juarez, MX. Donations are used for the operational costs (food, medicine, bedding, clothing, and transportation) of supporting asylum seekers who are staying in the shelter established by Frontera de Gracia Church while waiting to cross into the USA.

Members of our congregation host a student from the International Department at Hope College once a month for coffee to support and encourage students in the United States. We welcome international students as a part of our worship life each Sunday.
We partner with Words of Hope because of their commitment to sharing the gospel with unreached people groups. Through radio ministry and the latest advances in media, Words of Hope shares the gospel in some of the most isolated places in the world by partnering with indigenous churches, missions, and local organizations.
Clean drinking water is the world’s most precious resource, and people in under-developed countries often have a difficult time accessing it. Aqua Clara is using brand new technology to clean and purify water using primarily indigenous materials.
Physically handicapped people from across the world often lack the dignity and respect of those around them because they are confined to the ground. PET seeks to empower and bring dignity to such people in under-developed countries through Personal Energy Transportation systems that are equipped for travel on diverse surfaces.
Bread for the World is a political advocacy organization that seeks to be a voice for the voiceless on Capitol Hill. They advocate for those in poverty in the United States and worldwide, seeking to provide all people with the opportunity to a well-balanced meal.
The Reformed Church in America has developed a partnership with the Malawi Children’s Feeding Program, which is particularly responding to the number of children without parents because of HIV/AIDS.
Third Reformed Church has hosted Masters in Theology students from other lands. They worship with us, sometimes do liturgy or preaching, and are hosted by the congregation.
Every 5 to 6 years, the Kamakura Yukinoshita Church in Kamakura, Japan, and Third Reformed Church have had pilgrimages to each other’s congregation to learn about how we go about being the church in our respective cultures.

OUR MISSION CO-WORKERS

Third Reformed Church seeks to live out its call to know Christ and to make Christ known not just locally but also globally. 
Our primary vehicle for empowering that vision is through our Mission Co-Workers. Mission Co-Workers are appointed by the Reformed Church in America to serve in partnership with indigenous organizations around the world in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Oaxaca, Mexico
Martha and Jaime Amaro became Christians when they heard the gospel from a missionary. Now doing mission work themselves, the Amaros help the Presbyterian Church in Mexico by providing training workshops for the Children and Worship program. The Amaros also do translating work; they have been translating “Growing in the Faith” discipleship materials, which are used to train church leaders, into Spanish.

Asia
Mission Partners India, Inc. (MPI) works in partnership with the indigenous local church in South India to help the poorest of the poor. It is the goal of MPI to come alongside the Church of South India in realizing a shared vision with mutual respect to build sustainable indigenous programs that promote dignity of marginalized children and families.
Japan
Tokyo Union Theological Seminary (TUTS) trains pastors for congregations of the United Church of Japan (Kyodan). As a homeroom teacher for the freshman class, Wayne Jansen gets to know newcomers to the seminary and provides pastoral care for them through their time at TUTS. He also works with the seminary’s Clinical Pastoral Education program. Miho teaches English part-time at a Christian high school, helps the faculty and staff translate articles and documents, and often entertains students and church members at home.
Peru
Working in Peru, Sandy partners with La Casa del Maestro, which seeks to equip and empower indigenous youth in Southern Peru. This is accomplished through a holistic and sustainable discipleship program that recognizes the true source of life and salvation in Christ.
Kenya
St. Paul’s University in Limuru, Kenya, is an international and ecumenical institution that prepares men and women for ministry in the Christian church and in society. Founded in 1903 as a divinity school, St. Paul’s recently expanded to become a Christian university. In addition to doing theological studies, students can now earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Rowland Van Es Jr., who has training in economics and theology, teaches in both departments. Jane Van Es teaches sociology and psychology at the bachelor’s level and assists with the master’s-level program in pastoral care and HIV/AIDS.
Ethiopia
John has been appointed to serve as a professor and consultant for the Christian-Muslim relations program at Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. John will help revitalize and restructure this critical leadership development program to equip pastors, evangelists, and church planters for a sensitive, Christ-centered witness among and dialogue with their non-Christian neighbors.
Pakistan
Lubna Younas teaches Old Testament at the St. Thomas Theological College in Karachi, Pakistan. She waited many years to go to seminary, receiving training in South Korea and then a Masters in Theology Degree at Western Seminary in Holland, MI, in 2017. Lubna worshiped with us for a year at Third Reformed Church, and during that time, we got to know her and to share the Christian faith together. She is the first female theological professor in a Protestant seminary in Pakistan. Through this relationship, the United Church of Pakistan and the Reformed Church have joined in a church partnership for the first time in history.
MUTUAL MINISTRY TEAM

Following a model described in the book Foretaste by Paul M. Dietterich, Third Reformed Church has formed a Mutual Ministry Team to facilitate a pastoral church and serve as a support team as the new pastor integrates into church life.
These people will walk alongside you after you have been installed and are available now to address any questions you may have.
  • Kara Green
  • Joyce Magee
  • Scott Millen
  • Jeff Munroe, Chair
  • Steve Orlow, ex officio
  • Dan Rooks
  • Jody Vanderwel
  • Claire Van Duinen