"Holland" Churches of Northern New Jersey

(Dutch-speaking congregations)

 

The nineteenth-century Dutch immigrants were quick to establish their own Dutch-speaking churches.  To distinguish them from the English-speaking Dutch Reformed churches, they were often referred to as “Holland” Reformed churches.  The earliest Dutch-speaking congregations were established in the 1850s in Paterson in Passaic County and Lodi in Bergen County.  About 18 Dutch-speaking congregations and churches have been identified to date.

 

 Any comments would be appreciated, especially on missing "Holland" churches, Dutch ministers, dates of last Holland services, and location of old Dutch membership records.

 

1. First Holland Reformed Church "Hollandsche Gereformeerde Kerk" (org. 1856); in 1858 joined Reformed Church in America; ca. 1859 joined with Netherlandic Church Under the Cross (Gereformeerde Kerk Onder Het Kruis); in 1865 joined what became the Christian Reformed denomination and was known as First Christian Reformed Church of Paterson, N.J “Erst Christelijk Gereformeerde Gemeente te Paterson, N.J.” – first site at Cor. Bridge and River Sts. 1857-1902; second site at 13-25 North Straight St., Paterson 1903-1949; third site at Haledon Ave and Zabriskie St., Haledon.  Rev. P.A. Hoekstra first pastor to conduct evening service in English; Dutch service held in afternoon by Rev. J. Walkotten until 1954.  Ministers: de Rooy 1856-63; Bechtold 1864-66; W. H. Van Leeuwen 1867-72; F. Rederus 1872-74; L. Rietdyk 1874-82; E. Vander Vries 1883-86; L. Rietdyk 1886-88; P. Van Vlaanderen 1889-1904; H. Tuls 1905-08 and 1913-14; E. Krohne 1909-12; P.A. Hoekstra 1915-18; John Walkotten 1919-44; …

 

2. Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Lodi or First Holland Reformed of Lodi (Bergen Co.) (org. 1859) – 95 Washington St.  Ministers: James Huyssoon 1859-64; Willem Coenraad Wust 1864-68; William F. Betz 1875-78; Louis G. Jongeneel 1878-92; Teunes H. Hoonte 1896-1907; …

 

3. First Holland Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Paterson "Eerste Nederduitsche Gereformeerde Gemeente van Paterson" (org. 3 Oct 1864 - disbanded 1971); renamed First Reformed Church of Paterson, New Jersey in 1956 – first site at Clinton and North First Sts. 1864-1912; second site at 163 North First St. 1913-.  Services in Holland language through 1920s.  Ministers: James Huyssoon; P. B. Bahler 1866-68; James Huyssoon 1868-92, D. L. Betten 1894-97; F. G. Dekker 1897-1910; Wm. Pool 1911-1914; Herman Tanis 1914-1916; P. Siegers 1917; J. Van Der Werp 1918; H. Bouma 1919-1922; A. W. De Jonge 1923-43; J. Bolt 1943-47; …

 

4. Second Holland Reformed Church (org. 1866-1875) – first site at Main St.  Ministers: Bechtold 1866-67; Kasse 1868-74.

 

5. Sixth Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Paterson (org. 28 Jan 1867) – first site on Godwin St. btwn Paterson and Bridge Sts. 1869-1920; second site on 40 Hopper St. and Ingelis (English) Pl. 1920-75; third site at 21 Pleasant View Drive, North Haledon 1975-present.  English service added in evening during Rev. A. J. Van Lummel’s pastorate 1906-17 and English service twice a month in the morning during Rev. H. P. Schuurman’s pastorate 1917-29.  Ministers: Rutte 1867-; Houbolt 1873-77; H. R. Koopman 1879-84; van het Loo 1888-1905; A. J. Van Lummel 1906-1917; H. P. Schuurman 1917- 29; M. E. Broekstra 1929-40; John Minnema 1941-43; Theodore J. Jansma 1944-49; …

 

6. Holland Reformed Church at Hohokus (org. 1872) (in Bergen Co.) – met in Hohokus Public School; first church bldg. in Wortendyke (now Midland Park); second church bldg. Center St.  Ministers: Jan (John) Smit 1883-86; Jacobus Diephuis 1887-89; Enno R Haan (Haeen) 1890-92; Frederick G. Dekker 1896-97; …

 

7. Hohokus (org. 1873-1885) – seceder congregation of Hohokus Reformed Church (in Bergen Co.).  Listed in Christian Reformed denomination as seceders and later organized the Christian Reformed Church of Midland Park.

 

8. First Holland Reformed Church of Passaic "Bethel" (org. 1873 – 1977 merged with Clifton to become United Reformed of Clifton and Passaic) – first site at Monroe and Elm Sts. (changed to Hoover Ave); second site at Quincy St. and Hamilton Ave. since 1898.  Ministers: Francis C. Rederus 1874-76; William Hazenburg 1877-79; Willem Wormser 1882-84; John W. Warnshuis 1886-87; Christian W. Jacobs 1889-91; William Marinus C. Jacobs 1893-95; Martin Flipse 1896-1909; …

 

9. Holland Reformed Church of Lodi "Nederlandsche Gereformeerde Gemeente te Lodi" (org. 1876); joined the Christian Reformed denomination in 1884 and known as Lodi Christian Reformed Church until 1975 when it merged with Richfield Church (Christian Reformed) in Clifton – Liberty St.  Ministers: Willem Coenraad Wust 1876-78, and 1881-83; C. Vorst 1891-95; I Contant 1896-99; R. Diephuis 1900-03; …

 

10. “Passaic Christian Reformed Church" (org. 1876 – 1975 merged with Richfield), first known as True Dutch Reformed Church, in 1889 changed to Holland Christian Reformed Church of Passaic; in 1894 Hope Avenue CRC; in 1926 Summer Street CRC – first site cor. Washington Pl. and Columbia Ave.; second site in 1894 on Hope Ave. near Madison St.; third site in 1926 on Summer St; merged in 1975 with Richfield Church (Christian Reformed) in Clifton.  Ministers: W. Greve 1878-83; R. Drukker 1886-88; E. Vanden Berge 1888-91; P. Kosten 1892-97; J. Manni 1897-01; D. Vanden Ploeg 1902-09; …

 

11. Union Reformed Church of Paterson (daughter church of Sixth) (org. 1879) – Market St., now Auburn St; presently at High Mountain Ave., Franklin Lakes. Ministers: Houbolt 1879; H. E. Nies 1879-1910; E. Heines 1910-1914; …

 

12. Netherlands Reformed Church of Passaic (org. 24 Dec 1883).  Bought Presbyterian Church at cor. Park Pl. and Exchange Pl. Ministers: Willem Coenraad Wust; Cornelius Densel; …

 

13. Second Christian Reformed Church of Paterson (org. 1888) – first site at East Main St (became North First St.) 1890-1927; second site on North 11th St., Prospect Park 1928-present).  During 1910s combined evening service with First CRC conducted in English.  During Rev. Muysken's pastorate, English service every other Sunday morning and Holland afternoon service.  In 1936 all morning services in English.  Ministers: H. Langereis 1887-90; R. Drukker 1891-1902; K. Van Goor 1902-14; D.R. Muyskens 1915-17; J. Howerda 1919- …

 

14. Second Reformed of Little Falls (org. 1890) – first site at Paterson Ave. and Maple St.; second site at Ridge Ave. and Walnut St.  Ministers: Hondius 1891-92; John W. Te Paske 1901-07; …

 

15. First Holland Reformed Free Church of Passaic (1892-94) At Old Munroe Academy on Howe Ave.

 

16. Christian Reformed Church of Midland Park (org. 1893- present) – on Godwin Ave. in Midland Park, Bergen Co.  Early 1920s students from Princeton Seminary conducted evening English services continued by Rev. E.L. Haan in 1923.  Ministers: E. R. Haan; D. R. Drukker 1897-98; F. Doezema 1899-1905; P. Ekster 1905-08; J. B. Holwerda 1909-26; R.L. Haan 1923-30; …

 

17. People's Park Reformed Church of Paterson (daughter church of Sixth) (org. 1893) – 52 22nd Ave.  Ministers: Titus Hager 1892-96 and 1916-31; Jan (John) Smit 1893-1911; John M Lumkes 1911-16; Titus Hager 1916-31; …

 

18. Fourth Christian Reformed Church of Paterson "Riverside CRC" (org. 1896) – first site on Fourth Ave. 1897-1911.  In 1923 morning English service introduced and Holland service held in afternoon and during mid-1930s Holland service discontinued.  Ministers:  P. Kosten 1898-1904; G. Westenberg 1904-09; Jan Robbert 1911; Ralph Bolt 1912-1915; Henry Baker 1915-19; John Timmerman 1920-33; Peter G. Holwerda 1933-1939; …