Protestant Reformed Churches in America
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4949 Ivanrest Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI 49418,
United States of America (North America)
Telephone: +1 616 513 1490
Fax: +1 616 531 3033
Email: doezema@prca.org or 74170.3215@compuserve.com
Address-No.: 12219 / 3219

Information in the internet:

URL: http://www.prca.org/
Languages of the website: English

Founded as a separate denomination of Reformed churches in 1924, the Protestant Reformed Churches stand in the tradition of the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. Their origin as a denomination was the doctrinal controversy over common grace within the Christian Reformed Church in the early 1920s, occasioned by that church\'s adoption of the doctrine of common grace as official church dogma. The result of the controversy was that three ministers and their consistories were, in effect, put out of the Christian Reformed Church. Many of the members of their congregations followed them, and in 1926 the three new congregations formed the Protestant Reformed Churches in America.
The denomination grew rapidly in the years that followed, but in the early 1950s the churches in it endured a severe, internal, doctrinal controversy in defense of the unconditionality of the covenant of grace. As a result of this struggle, the denomination was reduced in size by about one half. Most of those who departed returned eventually to the Christian Reformed Church.
Since that time the Protestant Reformed Churches have again enjoyed steady growth and lively activity. They number at present 27 churches with a total membership of some 7,000 souls. They maintain their own seminary, have established many Christian schools, and have sent missionaries to diverse cultures such as Jamaica, Singapore, Northern Ireland, Ghana, and the Philippines. The Protestant Reformed Churches believe themselves called, as a denomination of Reformed churches, stoutly to defend and enthusiastically to proclaim the historic, creedal, and distinctive doctrines of Calvinism.

The PRC currently have one missionary stationed in Ghana and one in the Philippines.

Diaconal Institutions:
Each congregation has a board of deacons.

12 grade schools, 2 high schools

Statistic data of church

total: 6825
admitted to participate in the Lord's Supper: 3874
baptised: 2951 
(conventionally): 27
house fellowships
(Number of growing parishes): 0
Ordained clergy
total: 38
Men: 38
no women´s ordination
total: 145
Men: 145
total: 105
Men: 105
  deacons available
total: 4
Men: 4
missionaries working abroad
Baptismal practise
infant and believer´s baptism
no godparents
Lord's Supper
Frequency per annum: 4
Newspapers/ Periodicals
no information about publication of magazines
Theological training facilities

Number: 1

Schools providing general education
other schools
Founded in
Organizational structures
2 classes (East and West, meeting 2-3 times yearly), 1 synod (meeting yearly)
Traditional type
  • reformed
Official languages
  • English
Languages during church services
  • English
  • Apostles´ Creed
  • Athanasian Creed
  • Belgic Confession (1561)
  • Canon of Dort (1618/19)
  • Heidelberg Catechism (1563)
  • Nicene Creed (381)
  • Westminster Confession (1646/47)
  • Westminster Larger Catechism (1547)
Partner churches


last update: 10.03.2003
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