Our History


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.

Church Band, circa 1960s

GEMS Outing, ca late 1980s-early 1990s

Costume party, ca. 1987

VBS Promo Sign, 1991

Kids in VBS (Vacation Bible School), 1991

Young Adults Bible Study from 1994

Deacon Dinner from 2004

Sea to Sea Bike Tour, 2008

Youth Group, 2012

Fall Foliage Hike at High Point State Park, 2018

Pastor Kendall's Installation Service, 2019

Sussex CRC underwent a major building project between September 2017 and June 2018 to expand the sanctuary and to add rooms in the downstairs part of church. Photos of the construction were cataloged on our Facebook page under the Building Project album

God remains faithful to His people. As a congregation, we marvel at the grace of God which has sustained the church and which calls us today to be aware of the ways in which the Spirit continues to sharpen His people to reach out to the community in keeping with the instruction of Jesus. Our desire is that with the Spirit’s blessing, we would lay the framework which would enable a strong and faithful church to look back years from now and reflect with satisfaction and joy on many more years of ministry which honors Christ.