The Christian reformed church

Our Denomination

We belong under the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) denomination. The Christian Reformed Church includes just over one thousand congregations across the United States and Canada. About 75 percent of the churches are in the United States; 25 percent are in Canada. We’re one of only a few binational denominations: rather than split into different churches at the 49th parallel, we're united.

As a local church or congregation, we are a part of a wider network of local churches through our membership in the Christian Reformed Church of North America (CRCNA). The CRCNA is a Protestant Christian denomination in the United States and Canada and almost 300,000 people belong to the CRCNA—not a large number when you consider the population of our two countries. But by God’s grace we can accomplish a lot when we work together.

The word “reformed” in our denominational name signals our historical roots in the Reformation movement of the sixteenth century. Among the reformation groups which originated from that period were the Lutheran churches (associated with Martin Luther) and the Reformed churches (associated with John Calvin). The Reformed tradition in England and Scotland took the form of the ‘presbyterian’ churches. The Dutch immigrants in North America founded what later became the Reformed Church in America (RCA). Out of the RCA was born our denomination (CRCNA) in 1857.