Who Are We?
The Reformed Church in America was established on this continent 150 years before the Revolutionary War. The word Reformed comes from the Protestant Reformation which swept across Europe in the 1500s under the leadership of such men as Martin Luther and John Calvin. Calvin’s reformation at Geneva spread to many countries, including Scotland (where it became the Presbyterian Church) and the Netherlands (where it became our ancestor, the Dutch Reformed Church).

Our history is a long and colorful one. The Dutch Reformed Church established its first congregation in New Amsterdam in 1628 and continues today in New York as the Collegiate Reformed Church, the oldest evangelical church in North America. Although Dutch in origin, the Reformed Church in America has from its beginning included peoples of different races and nationalities in its congregations. The denomination currently has over 900 churches in the United States and Canada, with over 300,000 active confirmed members.

What We Believe
We believe the Bible to be the Word of God and the final authority for faith and practice. We believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Savior of those who have faith in him. We believe in the historic Christian faith as confessed in the Apostles’ Creed. The Heidelberg Catechism, a 16th century evangelical statement of faith, has played a particularly important role in our history.

Our Local Churches
Each of our congregations is unique, shaped by the needs of the people and its community. Worship services range from highly formal to very informal. In almost all, however, you will find good preaching, a strong program of Christian education, and sympathetic pastoral counseling. To belong to a Reformed Church is to be part of a warm and caring Christian family.

Our Government
Local churches are governed by elders and deacons who, together with the pastor, form the Consistory. Regional governing bodies are called Classis and Regional Synods. The denomination includes eight regional Synods and 44 Classis. The highest representative body of the church, the General Synod, meets once each year to make decisions which affect the life and work of the entire Reformed Church.

Our Mission Program
The Reformed Church in America is a mission-minded church. Long a pioneer in overseas missions, it has consistently made a contribution well beyond its size. It currently supports around 100 missionaries worldwide. We witness and serve in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, South America, and in North America.

Our Colleges and Seminaries
We maintain three colleges and two theological seminaries. The colleges — all liberal arts institutions with a Christian emphasis — are Central College in Pella, Iowa; Hope College in Holland, Michigan; and Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. Students are trained for various types of Christian ministry at New Brunswick Seminary in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan.

Our Welcome
We are a denomination with deep roots, a strong commitment, a loving spirit, and a forward-looking vision. We invite you to join us!

Reformed Church in America
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New York, NY 10115