In 1950, a group of believers came to Sussex, New Jersey with a vision for a church and a Christian school in which God’s people might gather for worship and might continue to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 3:18). As a hands-on, goal-oriented group of people, God has used Sussex Christian Reformed Church to call numerous men and women to various avenues of faithful service in God’s Kingdom. The church has been faithfully served by seven pastors: Rev. Benjamin Spalink (1952-1956), Rev. Louis Bouma (1957-1965), Rev. John Koopmans (1966-1973), Rev. John Kruis (1973-1983), Rev. John Keizer (1984-2004), Rev. Joel Vande Werken (2007-2017), and Rev. Kendall Everett (2019-Present).
Much has changed in more than 70+ years. A church building and school now stand in what once was an empty cow pasture. Apartments for low-income seniors, built with the vision and labor of church members, stands next door. Dozens of members have given time in Christian service around the country and around the globe. While the congregation values the heritage of faith and service handed down by the Dutch immigrants who founded the church, people from many ethnic groups and different walks of life now play a vital role in the life of the church.