Reformed Church in Canada

Reformed Church in Canada

4500 60th St., SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
United States

Attesting Officer
Deborah Morris
Manager of Administrative Services


Media Contact
Paul Boice

42.8538574, -85.5513588


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.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
1980
3,738
0
3,503
7,241
28
1979
2,798
0
2,753
5,551
19
1978
2,753
0
2,788
5,541
19
1977
2,780
0
2,871
5,651
19
1976
2,730
0
2,700
5,430
19
1975
2,671
0
2,685
5,356
18
1974
2,843
0
2,727
5,570
18
1973
2,588
0
3,047
5,635
18
1972
2,544
0
3,054
5,598
18
1971
2,542
0
3,053
5,595
18
1970
2,660
0
9,240
11,900
20
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
1980
26
0
0
36
1979
18
0
0
24
1978
17
0
0
23
1977
18
0
0
26
1976
18
0
0
21
1975
18
0
0
21
1974
18
0
0
20
1973
16
0
0
19
1972
21
0
0
21
1971
15
0
0
21
1970
17
0
0
24
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
1976
19
0
0
1,469
1975
18
0
0
1,458
1974
18
0
0
1,509
1973
18
0
0
1,475
1972
21
0
0
1,411
1971
18
0
0
1,588
1970
19
0
0
1,625
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
1980
$393,585
$1,898,379
$1,504,794
1979
$307,690
$1,163,483
$855,793
1978
$154,597
$911,805
$757,208
1977
$139,977
$786,598
$646,621
1976
$132,781
$747,630
$614,849
1975
$119,008
$699,294
$580,286
1974
$82,698
$628,750
$546,052
1973
$78,267
$485,628
$407,361
1972
$68,782
$437,169
$368,387