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
1982
211,168
0
135,125
346,293
915
1981
210,312
0
135,450
345,762
910
1980
210,762
0
134,770
345,532
902
1979
211,591
0
136,826
348,417
904
1978
212,631
0
135,449
348,080
898
1977
211,486
0
139,952
351,438
896
1976
212,437
0
138,297
350,734
902
1975
213,366
0
141,686
355,052
902
1974
211,470
0
142,534
354,004
902
1973
213,768
0
146,978
360,746
905
1972
218,415
0
154,266
372,681
911
1971
220,775
0
149,176
369,951
921
1970
224,170
0
143,436
367,606
923
1969
228,620
0
151,513
380,133
935
1968
230,519
0
152,647
383,166
939
1967
232,978
0
151,773
384,751
939
1966
228,987
0
148,684
377,671
902
1965
0
0
0
232,414
927
1964
0
0
0
230,731
922
1963
0
0
0
228,924
921
1962
0
0
0
231,771
913
1961
0
0
0
230,210
907
1960
0
0
0
225,927
867
1959
0
0
0
219,770
867
1958
0
0
0
216,096
852
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
1982
842
0
0
1,602
1981
826
0
0
1,500
1980
833
0
0
1,467
1979
838
0
0
1,456
1978
824
0
0
1,418
1977
876
0
0
1,487
1976
873
0
0
1,415
1975
878
0
0
1,428
1974
874
0
0
2,742
1973
880
0
0
1,283
1972
854
0
0
1,470
1971
823
0
0
1,277
1970
851
0
0
1,307
1969
804
0
0
1,281
1968
846
0
0
1,285
1967
856
0
0
1,292
1966
819
0
0
1,212
1965
865
0
0
1,208
1964
907
0
0
1,201
1963
875
0
0
1,175
1962
848
0
0
1,171
1961
829
0
0
1,152
1960
781
0
0
1,135
1959
785
0
0
1,120
1958
766
0
0
1,129
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
1977
896
0
0
111,963
1976
902
0
0
114,325
1975
902
0
0
117,243
1974
902
0
0
116,574
1973
905
0
0
118,261
1972
908
0
0
119,822
1971
905
0
0
127,359
1970
895
0
0
132,789
1969
935
0
0
139,411
1968
939
0
0
144,745
1967
912
0
0
138,160
1966
879
0
0
137,014
1965
924
19,652
146,566
166,218
1964
917
19,402
149,959
169,361
1963
909
19,557
151,357
170,914
1962
913
19,427
150,718
170,145
1961
901
19,321
149,632
168,953
1960
898
18,982
149,109
168,091
1959
850
18,410
144,255
162,665
1958
858
18,290
142,759
161,049
1957
841
10,242
153,638
163,880
1956
827
16,200
154,311
170,511
1955
821
16,138
145,739
161,877
1953
797
14,931
144,689
159,620
1951
766
13,852
132,466
146,318
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
1982
$19,433,035
$102,000,000
$82,656,050
1981
$18,208,980
$95,253,689
$77,044,709
1980
$17,253,239
$87,986,536
$70,733,297
1979
$16,814,700
$80,267,548
$63,452,848
1978
$15,539,761
$76,034,078
$60,494,317
1977
$14,262,160
$68,535,852
$54,273,692
1976
$13,213,576
$62,465,393
$49,251,817
1975
$12,030,162
$56,944,540
$44,914,378
1974
$11,510,992
$52,746,177
$41,235,185
1973
$7,810,929
$47,893,910
$40,082,981
1972
$9,527,440
$44,230,525
$34,703,085
1971
$9,535,088
$42,221,910
$32,686,822
1970
$9,560,311
$39,414,784
$29,854,473
1969
$9,328,428
$36,891,371
$27,562,943
1968
$9,140,365
$34,958,679
$25,818,314
1964
$0
$29,174,103
$0
1963
$0
$26,918,484
$0
1962
$0
$25,579,443
$0
1961
$0
$25,045,773
$0
1960
$0
$23,615,749
$0
1959
$0
$22,970,935
$0
1958
$0
$21,550,017
$0
1957
$0
$19,658,604
$0
1956
$3,702,295
$17,459,572
$13,757,277
1955
$2,636,625
$14,740,275
$12,103,650