Reformed Church in Canada

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Organization Information Record Year 2016

Name: Reformed Church in Canada
Denomination type: Reformed Bodies
Year Reporting: 2009
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Description: The Canadian region of the Reformed Church in America was organized under the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America. The RCA in Canada has 40 churches which includes three classes (lower assemblies). The Reformed churches in Canada are member congregations of the Reformed Church in America and the Regional Synod of Canada (one of eight RCA regional synods established by its General Synod) and three classes, Ontario, Canadian Prairies and British Columbia.

The first ordained minister, Domine Jonas Micahelius, arrive 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. 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. It also entered into full communion with the Christian Reformed Church in North America in 2005.

Contact Information Record Year 2016

Address: 4500 60th St., SE
Address line 2:
City: Grand Rapids
State: Michigan
Zip Code: 49512
Country: United States
Phone: n/a

Media Contact Record Year 2016

Name: Paul Boice
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: 3,552
Other Members: 1,788
Total Inclusive Members: 5,340
Total Churches: 40
Average Attendance: 95
Membership Calculation Method: Census

Clergy Record Year 2016

Serving Churches: 36
Other Service to the Church: 11
Retired: 22
Total Clergy: 69

Religious Education Record Year 2016

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

Finance Record Year 2016

Total Benevolences: $1,185,859.00
Total Giving Local Expense: $1,186,229.00
Total Financial: $237,208,800
Receipts/Expenditures: Expenditures