About Us

Second Christian Reformed Church in Randolph, Wisconsin… We're a community of people on a journey, discovering more and more the depths of God’s love, learning more and more to share that love with others. Come join us.

A Welcome Message from Pastor Keith!


History

Why is your church called “Second”? The question has been asked more than once. The answer lies in our historical connection to First CRC (located 6 miles northwest of Randolph). With a growing population of CRC members in the village of Randolph and the surrounding area First CRC initiated a new church. Second Christian Reformed Church was born in 1938. Click here to read more.

Mission

Second Christian Reformed Church is a body of believers who seek to worship and serve God through the study of the Word, living lives of faith, while reaching out to others with the love of Jesus Christ.

Beliefs

Second CRC is a Christian church in the Reformed tradition. We stand with other Christian churches in affirming the Bible as God’s word and Christ as Savior and Lord. We belong to the Christian Reformed Church in North America. For more information about our denomination, its ministries, and its beliefs, click here.

Leadership

 

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Pastor

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Keith Buist

After pastoring a church in Ontario, Canada for six years, Keith accepted the call to Randolph. He and his family arrived in July, 2014. Originally from Cutlerville, Michigan, Keith married Renee from Oostburg, Wisconsin in July of 2000. They now have three children who attend Randolph Christian School.

Pastor Keith enjoys sports, reading, paddling, and a whole range of baked goods.

In terms of ministry, Keith especially appreciates:

  • thoughtful worship that draws on the wisdom of the past and engages the present
  • intergenerational fellowship
  • shared leadership and the use of each person's gifts in ministry
  • hospitality as a church and a Kingdom focus in everyday life
  • engagement in God's global mission

Keith attended Trinity Christian College and Calvin Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 2008 as a Minister of the Word in the Christian Reformed Church.

He'll tell you he's very much still learning how to be a pastor. He'll also tell you that he and his family felt a strong call to come to Randolph and have appreciated the warm welcome they've received and the partnership in ministry with fellow pastors and Christ-followers in this community.

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Elders & Deacons

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Formal leadership for the church comes by way of a Council made up of six elders and four deacons. The current members of Council are:

Elders: John Tousley (not pictured), John Pothof, Randy Smedema, Denis VanHerwaarden, Oscar Oosterhouse, and Darvin Cupery.

Deacons: John Smedema, Darren Smedema, Jeff Rataczak, and Peter Woreck.


Ministries

"I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge." As a church we hope to play a small part in sharing the love of Christ with our neighbors, with a world in need, and with the next generation. Scroll down for more info.

 

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Sunday School
Our Sunday School program meets after the morning worship service September through April for children in kindergarten through 8th grade. There is a time of music and singing, and then a Bible story is read and discussed in the classrooms.
High School Class
Designed to engage both the head and the heart, our high school class meets during the Sunday School hour September through April. We engage Scripture together and our statements of faith, including the Heidelberg Catechism. It’s interactive. We talk about living day-to-day as followers of Jesus Christ.
GEMS Girls' Club
GEMS Girls' Club seeks to equip women and girls to live radically faithful lives—doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God. It’s a hive of activity - crafts and projects, activities and lessons…all with good mentoring from the older girls and adult leaders. This club meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month and is open to girls 1st grade – 8th grade.
Youth Groups
As a church we support and participate in the youth ministry hosted by First Reformed Church of Randolph.

Cornerstone is for 6th to 8th grade students and meets Wednesday afternoons during the school year from 4:30 to 5:30. We come together to be a community that worships through play and by exploring God’s word. Each fall we retreat to Silver Birch Camp for a weekend of worship and fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ from around the state.

RCYF engages high school students to live an intentional life for Christ. This group meets every Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 8:15 and gets out of the building for various events, trips, and service opportunities.
Lydia Society
The Lydia Society has a long history of bringing women together for fellowship, for Bible Study, and for acts of service in the church and broader community. Meetings are held twice a month on Thursday mornings.
Vacation Bible School
Calling all kids from the community – come for a fun filled week of singing and learning more about God! This week of crafts, activities, Bible lessons and singing takes place in the summer; be sure to check the web site for the set dates and times!
Prison Ministry
“Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison” (Hebrews 13:3). Members of the church visit with inmates and lead Bible studies at two area prisons.
Missionary Support
In a small way we’re able to participate in Christ’s work more broadly by supporting CRC missionaries here in North America and around the world. Our partners in mission include Rev. Sam Keyzer of Northern Lighthouse Ministries in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Worship

Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. (Psalm 100:2-3)

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We were made to worship. If we don’t worship our Creator and Redeemer, we’ll worship something else. The joy of Christian worship is more, though, than paying homage to God once a week. The God who was born to us in Bethlehem and sends us his Spirit actually meets with us as we gather.

Worship is central to our life together as a church. It’s how we start the week. Join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. for our main service. Come back for a somewhat more informal service of worship at 6:30 p.m. (at 2 p.m. January through the beginning of March).

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