Over 150 years ago a group of immigrant farmers from an area in western Germany called Ostfriesland from towns like Veenhuizen, Bentheim, & Emden settled in the fertile land of Northwestern Illinois. Ackerman’s, Ammerman’s, Bode’s, Adden’s & Heddinga’s, among others, joined together on August 22, 1866 to formed a new church.
The True Dutch Reformed Church was born! Struggles were many, the future at times was uncertain & tenuous at best and yet God was faithful and the members committed.
Many years later the name of the church has changed, we are now Grace Valley CRC, and family identities are different, with folks like Byars, Franklins, Harland’s & Williams joining our fellowship.
However some things haven’t changed. We remain committed to the Bible, the inerrant Word of God as our guide for faith and life. We believe in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. It is Christ who has commissioned us to go and impact the world in His name and for His Father’s glory. Led by the Holy Spirit Grace Valley prayer remains, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. To God Alone Be the Glory.