Reformed Church in America

Reformed Church in America

475 Riverside Dr.
New York, NY 10115
United States

Attesting Officer
Deborah Morris
Manager of Administrative Services


Media Contact
Communication Officer

40.8109362, -73.963991


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.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
2010
152,134
163
93,890
246,024
886
2009
154,977
170
95,961
250,938
896
2008
157,570
182
96,915
254,485
893
2007
162,182
171
102,681
264,863
891
2006
163,160
172
102,057
265,217
891
2004
166,761
179
109,543
276,304
895
2003
168,801
0
109,938
278,739
897
2001
173,463
179
111,990
285,453
901
1999
178,246
184
114,901
293,147
901
1998
179,085
0
116,566
295,651
902
1997
185,074
0
120,402
305,476
949
1996
182,342
0
121,771
304,113
909
1995
183,255
0
123,057
306,312
908
1994
185,242
0
124,217
309,459
915
1993
186,624
0
129,929
316,553
923
1992
190,400
0
84,121
274,521
927
1991
197,688
0
143,303
340,991
967
1990
197,154
0
129,696
326,850
924
1989
198,832
0
131,818
330,650
928
1988
200,631
0
133,167
333,798
925
1987
203,581
0
134,767
338,348
925
1986
207,933
0
132,426
340,359
928
1985
209,395
0
132,880
342,275
926
1984
209,928
0
131,938
341,866
922
1983
211,660
0
132,860
344,520
920
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
2010
843
648
471
2,133
2009
859
634
457
2,112
2008
855
618
451
2,101
2007
807
574
436
1,976
2006
837
566
407
1,968
2004
809
569
436
1,814
2003
828
0
0
1,811
2001
735
540
591
1,866
1999
880
531
537
1,874
1998
915
508
361
1,784
1997
905
0
0
1,888
1996
915
0
0
1,865
1995
855
0
0
1,819
1994
736
0
0
1,777
1993
816
0
0
1,763
1992
940
0
0
1,670
1991
926
0
0
1,617
1990
860
0
0
1,729
1989
863
0
0
1,727
1988
853
0
0
1,698
1987
837
0
0
1,621
1986
852
0
0
1,636
1985
848
0
0
1,614
1984
833
0
0
1,576
1983
845
0
0
1,549
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
2010
0
0
0
2,133
2004
0
0
78,867
78,867
2001
0
0
84,159
84,159
1999
0
0
90,708
90,708
1998
0
0
91,836
91,836
1997
895
0
0
107,457
1996
875
0
0
96,953
1995
879
0
0
93,329
1994
915
0
0
96,159
1993
923
0
0
95,825
1992
882
0
0
97,709
1991
967
0
0
110,213
1990
0
0
0
105,483
1989
0
0
0
99,464
1988
900
0
0
100,489
1987
900
0
0
99,611
1986
900
0
0
101,569
1985
880
0
0
101,423
1984
885
0
0
103,335
1983
920
0
0
103,529
1982
915
0
0
104,326
1981
910
0
0
104,208
1980
902
0
0
104,720
1979
904
0
0
105,851
1978
898
0
0
108,540
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
2010
$44,746,699
$302,000,000
$257,000,000
2009
$43,036,743
$302,000,000
$259,000,000
2008
$46,305,818
$330,000,000
$284,000,000
2007
$44,438,226
$338,000,000
$294,000,000
2006
$42,718,072
$329,000,000
$286,000,000
2004
$39,941,147
$297,000,000
$257,000,000
2003
$39,932,078
$275,000,000
$235,000,000
2001
$39,313,564
$268,000,000
$229,000,000
1999
$36,894,123
$230,000,000
$195,000,000
1998
$33,890,048
$223,000,000
$189,000,000
1997
$35,291,337
$185,000,000
$150,000,000
1996
$31,271,007
$191,000,000
$159,000,000
1995
$29,995,068
$194,000,000
$164,000,000
1994
$27,906,830
$181,000,000
$153,000,000
1993
$26,013,776
$159,000,000
$133,000,000
1992
$32,267,272
$148,000,000
$116,000,000
1991
$30,521,109
$152,000,000
$121,000,000
1990
$27,708,704
$172,000,000
$144,000,000
1989
$29,454,231
$166,000,000
$137,000,000
1988
$25,502,736
$153,000,000
$127,000,000
1987
$24,043,270
$139,000,000
$115,000,000
1986
$22,954,596
$137,000,000
$114,000,000
1985
$22,233,299
$126,000,000
$103,000,000
1984
$21,794,880
$122,000,000
$100,000,000
1983
$20,632,574
$113,000,000
$92,071,986