In 1920, Rev. Martin Flipse made a suggestion to General Synod of the RCA meeting in Asbury Park, New Jersey, to explore the possibility of sending a missionary pastor to California to locate Reformed Church families and begin new churches. In the summer of 1922 he visited families in the Ripon, Corcoran, Santa Ana and Los Angeles areas.
It wasn't until the summer of 1934 that the Rev. Henry Beltman, then Pastor of the Hope Reformed Church and the Rev. Marinus Cook, pastor of Hynes Reformed Church visted some interested families and began making plans for worhsip services in the Ripon area. Rev. Herman Vander Ploeg consented to supply the pulpit. On July 1, 1934 a meeting was held at the Ripon Grammar School to discuss starting a Reformed Church in Ripon.
On August 27, 1934, Calvary Reformed Church was officially organized in the home of Mr and Mrs. Derk Van Konyenburg, Sr. Ten families were represented and the first consistory members were elected.
Building in Faith for the Future
Expansion of the physical facilities continued in 1999. Utilizing much volunteer help, Lee Weintz and Bill Dirksen supervised the building of the Adult Education Building on the north side of 2nd Street. Plans included space to move the Almost Home (after-school program) to the building which also has four large meeting areas.
In 2006, consistory approved the enhancement of Calvary's facilities by reroofing the sanctuary, painting the exterior , adding brick facing, erecting a gazebo in the courtyard and updated landscaping.
The two-story administration building consisting of staff offices and group meeting rooms was dedicated in April 2007. All buildings were made handicap accessible. The old parsonage/office was transformed to be used as a Junior High youth building.
The most recent work began in 2013 and consisted of new carpet and pew recovering. The parking lot was paved and the kitchen was updated. A Welcome Center was added to the main building where families could gather with a cup of coffee and visit between services. The nursery was updated to be safe and compliant and a playground area was added for the enjoyment of children of members and guests.
Throughout the years of our history, God's blessings on the people and programs of Calvary Church are so evident and we continue to celebrate God's faithfulness, looking forward in faith.
Pastors That Have Served Calvary Church
Rev. Edward Fikse
Rev. John H & Nina Keuning
Rev. Reuben & Lucille Ongna
Rev. Kenneth & Tina Dykstra
Rev. John & Joyce Busman
Rev. Ray & Hilda DeDoes
Pastor Duane Laman & Family
Pastor Dave and Barb Schutt
American Legion Hall
The congregation held services in the upper assembly room of the American Legion Hall at the corner of Main and Walnut Streets.
Calvary Church 1938
The congregation outgrew their meeting place in the Legion Hall and in January 1937, two lots were purchased on the corner of Main and Palm Streets for a new church. On April 6, 1937 the new church was dedicated.
Property was purchased on Second and Vera Avenue. On July 4, 1949, less than a year after groundbreaking ceremonies were held, the new building was dedicated to the glory of God.