Dutch Reformed Wiki
This wiki focuses on the history of the Dutch Reformed tradition in the Netherlands, Canada, and the United States. In addition to church history, it includes biographies of significant individuals and historical profiles of some congregations. Most of this content was originally published on reformed.net, which is now defunct. This is definitely a work in progress at this point (Feb. 2013).

Historical Overviews[]

Denominational Overviews[]

In the Netherlands[]

We use the Dutch names for these denominations because the English translations would often create confusion with North American denominations.

In North America[]

In South Africa[]

  • Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika NHK
  • Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk NGK
  • Gereformeerde Kerke in Suid-Afrika GKSA
  • Christelike Gereformeerde Kerk in Suid-Afrika CRCSA




Congregational Profiles[]

Calvinist Educational Institutions in America[]

This is a list for reference and a "diving board" for further inquiry, not an endorsement.

My Background[]

I grew up Christian Reformed, the son of Dutch immigrants, and even though I am no longer a member of a Christian Reformed congregation, I still consider them "my people" - as well as Reformed Church in America people, as I've attended three RCA churches over the years. My goal is to help you better understand the history of your denomination and how it relates to other denominations in the Dutch Reformed tradition. I'll do my best to give everyone a fair shake: RCA, CRC, Protestant Reformed, Free Reformed, Netherlands Reformed, Canadian Reformed, Heritage Reformed, and the rest.

My Hopes for This Wiki[]

My dream is that this will become a place where others interested in Dutch Reformed denominations will choose to share their research so we can have an even better understanding of our shared traditions.

Addition by another user: We're committed to creating a space in which we are able to share research, discuss topics, and question what we know while keeping a critical eye on our present theological/church practices.

Latest activity[]

26 Jan. 2024: Added First URC Oak Lawn (IL) to Classis Central; added Robert P. Swierenga's "Burn the Wooden Shoes: Modernity and Division in the Christian Reformed Church in North America"; added Calvinist Educational Institutions in America (Wikipedia link because I can't create new pages); added sentence promoting an inquisitive and critical reading of church history in "My Hopes" section

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John Calvin, 1509-1564