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Our Story

Throughout our story we give thanks to God who worked in the hearts of 15 people a vision of creating a financial institution that would serve the immediate needs of new Dutch Immigrants.

On April 24, 1952, Christian Credit Union was official incorporated as “Edmonton Christian Reformed Savings and Credit Union Ltd.” The first official member was Mr. Herman Wierenga, a field man for the Christian Immigration Society.
 
Mr. Herman Wierenga, Member #1

 

Over the next ten years, the Credit Union was blessed with growth and was able to add core products like cheques for the benefit of its members.  Peter VanRhyn became the 1st General Manager and Ted Reitsma served as President of the Board for eight of the first 13 years.
 
Early Christian Credit Union meeting with invited guest Premier Manning

 

 

In 1965, Mr. John Van Ginhoven became General Manager and Christian Credit Union became a member of the provincial organization of Credit Unions.  By 1972, the Credit Union reached a milestone of $2.5 million in assets and had six employees.  Long term mortgages were offered through Co-Operative Trust Company of Canada (now Concentra Financial).
 
Mr. John Van Ginhoven, 2nd General Manager

 

In 1981, the Credit Union weathered record high interest rates, paying a dividend of 14.5% on share accounts.  Despite this, the Credit Union continued to grow and was blessed.  New computer systems were purchased and the Credit Union was able to offer the convenience of MemberCards® and Automated Teller Machines to its members.
 
Board members circa 1984

 

 


 
Peter Lindhout became the General Manager in 1987.  Throughout the 90’s the Credit Union continued to enhance and add services for members.  FatCat® and HeadStart® accounts were created to encourage regular saving habits, and to provide savings bonuses for the students and their participating schools.

Peter Lindhout addressing Kindergarten students

 

Christian Credit Union celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2002.  A total of $500,000 was donated to seven charitable organizations in the Reformed Christian Community.  In 2003, we joined with the Dutch Canadian Savings & Credit Union and a new branch was opened in Lethbridge, AB.

Newly renovated Lethbridge branch

 

 


 
Today, Christian Credit Union continues to thrive and be blessed by the Lord. John Veldkamp is the current CEO and there are 28 staff members.  The Credit Union has approximately $160 million in assets and has committed over $34 million in loans and donations to charitable organizations in the Reformed Christian community.
 
New Edmonton branch in 2004

 

The story of Christian Credit Union begins with you. Give us your business, receive personal service, and provide for the Reformed Christian community. By God’s grace we will continue to grow and provide service for more members of the Reformed Christian community in Alberta, and eventually across Canada.

Members enjoy dinner at the Edmonton Annual General Meeting

 

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