Reformed Church in America

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Organization Information Record Year 2016

Name: Reformed Church in America
Denomination type: Reformed Bodies
Year Reporting: 2010
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Description: The Reformed Church in America was established in 1628 by the earliest settlers of New York. It is the oldest Protestant denomination with a continuous ministry in North America. Until 1867 it was known as the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church.
The first ordained minister, Domine Jonas Michaelius, arrived in New Amsterdam from The Netherlands in 1628. Throughout the colonial period, the Reformed Church lived under the authority of the Classis of Amsterdam. Its churches were clustered in New York and New Jersey. Under the leadership of Rev. John Livingston, it became a denomination independent of the authority of the Classis of Amsterdam in 1776. Its geographical base was broadened in the 19th century by the immigration of Reformed Dutch and German settlers in the midwestern United States. The Reformed Church now spans the United States and Canada.
The Reformed Church in America accepts as its standards of faith the Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession and Canons of Dort and the Belhar Confession. It has a rich heritage of world mission activity. It claims to be loyal to reformed tradition which emphasizes obedience to God in all aspects of life.
Although the Reformed Church in America has worked in close cooperation with other churches, it has never entered into merger with any other denomination. It is a member of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, the World Council of Churches and the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. In 1998 it also entered into a relationship of full communion with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and the United Church of Christ by way of the Formula of Agreement. In 2007 it also entered into full communion with the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

Contact Information Record Year 2016

Address: 475 Riverside Dr.
Address line 2:
City: New York
State: New York
Zip Code: 10115
Country: United States
Phone: (212)870-3243

Media Contact Record Year 2016

Name: Communication Officer
Phone: (616)698-7071
Email: n/a

Attesting Officer Record Year 2016

Name: Deborah Morris
Position: Manager of Administrative Services
Phone: (212)870-3320

Membership & Attendance Record Year 2016

Full Communicants: 152,134
Other Members: 93,890
Total Inclusive Members: 246,024
Total Churches: 886
Average Attendance: 163
Membership Calculation Method: Census

Clergy Record Year 2016

Serving Churches: 843
Other Service to the Church: 471
Retired: 648
Total Clergy: 1,962

Religious Education Record Year 2016

Total Schools: 0
Pupils: 0
Staff: 0
Total Individuals: 0

Finance Record Year 2016

Total Benevolences: $44,746,699.00
Total Giving Local Expense: $257,415,342.00
Total Financial: $30,216,204,100
Receipts/Expenditures: Expenditures