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The "De Wolf" group of Protestant Reformed Churches formed after Rev. Hubert De Wolf was deposed by the consistory of First Protestant Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan. The reason for the rift? Two statements made in a sermon in 1953: "The statements were, first, God promises to every one of you that, if you believe, you shall be saved,' and the second, 'Our act of conversion is a prerequisite to enter into the kingdom of heaven.'" Rev. Hoeksema considered these heresy, deposing De Wolf and half the church council members who agreed with De Wolf.


This led to a denomination-wide secession resulting in two denominations of equal size, each called Protestant Reformed Churches. The DeWolf faction eventually took the name Orthodox Protestant Reformed Churches (OPRC).

Over time, the OPRC decided to unite with the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), the denomination from which the Protestant Reformed Churches had originally seceded in the 1920s.


Churches listed by year of organization as Protestant Reformed congregation.


First, Grand Rapids, MI

organized 1879 as Eastern Ave. CRC, dissolved 1961
Hull, IA became Hope CRC, 1961
Second, Grand Rapids, MI became Beverly CRC, 1953
1926 Sioux Center, IA
1927 Kalamazoo, MI became Alamo Avenue CRC, 1961


Oskaloosa, IA dissolved 1961
Pella, IA dissolved 1961
Rock Valley, IA
1929 Holland, MI dissolved 1961


Creston, Grand Rapids, MI dissolved 1962
Hope, Redlands, CA became Bethel CRC, 1961
1934 Orange City, IA
1935 Bellflower, CA dissolved 1961
1938 Edgerton, MN
1940 Manhattan, MT
1944 Fourth, Grand Rapids, MI became Faith CRC, 1961
1951 Lynden, WA
1955 South Holland, IL
1956 Chino, CA dissolved 1961