Out of several ministerial applicants, Dr. Albert Vander Meer was selected by the planning and development committee of the Illinois Classis to begin a church in the Quad-Cities. July of 1977 found Al, his wife, Marge, and children, Jennifer and Daniel, in Bettendorf, Iowa. With a short list of names obtained from the Church Herald and the support of the oldest Protestant denomination in this country, the young pastor set out to establish Christ’s Family Reformed Church, of the Reformed Church in America.

He installed an office in the Georgian Square Office complex on Lincoln Road in Bettendorf and proceeded to make himself and his cause known in the area. He introduced himself to the families of Andrew Ter Louw, Bill Heiker, Phyllis Heinen and Barbara Bosch. For twelve weeks these families met on Sunday evenings for home worship and fellowship. Then on the last Sunday of October, 1977, the first publicly announced service was held at the Holiday Inn, Bettendorf.

Services were held in this location for next five years. It was exciting to see the attendance grow, and on April 10, 1978, the church was organized with 68 charter members. Membership grew steadily from that day and there were many activities, including barn services held in June on Ruth Porter’s farm and small group Bible studies, helping growth and community among members.


In June of 1979, the Davenport property on the corner of Utica Ridge and Crow Creek Road was purchased and through prayer, faith, and perseverance planning and work commenced. In February 1983 meetings were moved to the Georgian Square Office Building.


On November 11, 1984, ground was broken on the property in Davenport and construction began. A beautiful building has become a reality through the dedication of many people (members, friends and several churches in the Iowa and Illinois Classis) having worked together, with God’s help, to form a special house of worship. A dream has been realized. Christ’s Family Church continues its outreach to the community with the opening of a day care center in August, 1994.


Construction is underway


Finished Sanctuary


Building nears completion


30 ft. addition enlarges sanctuary and adds classrooms below


Planted a new church in nearby Eldridge


Groundbreaking for Family Life Center addition


Christ's Family Church Family Life Center opens


Christ's Family Church called the Fourth Senior Pastor in their 45 year history, Pastor Zachary Fraley.