Our History in three paragraphs:
The RCA is a denomination that finds its roots in the Reformation. Members from the Dutch Reformed Church in Holland moved into the New Amsterdam area. In the small colonial town of New Amsterdam, on a Sunday in 1628, about fifty people gathered around a crude table in a mill loft. Their celebration of the Lord's Supper marks the birthdate of the Reformed Church in America. The congregation they founded still continues today as the Collegiate Reformed Church in New York City, the oldest evangelical church in North America with a continuous ministry.
The Reformed branch of Protestantism is rooted in the Reformation of the 1500s. Its primary leader was John Calvin of Switzerland, whose reform movement spread to Scotland, where it became the Presbyterian Church, and the Netherlands, where it became the Dutch Reformed Church.
Above all, our faith is centred in Christ. Every need of ours finds its answer in Jesus Christ.
The final authority in the Reformed faith is Holy Scripture, the living Word of God, spoken to everyone through the Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit takes the Word of God and makes it real and actual in our lives. This has always been and will always be the authentic wellspring of Reformed faith.
The following confessions and creeds are statements of Reformed beliefs:
Three historic confessions the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort
Three historic creeds--the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed
Our Song of Hope (approved by the Reformed Church in 1978 as a contemporary statement of faith)
From time to time the Reformed Church in America encourages its congregations and assemblies to study confessional statements written by ecumenical partner churches throughout the world. At its 2001 General Synod the Reformed Church placed in this category the Belhar Confession, which originated with the Uniting Reformed Church of Southern Africa.
Bethel Reformed Church began in the fifties, started by immigrants from Holland who were seeking a common bond of faith and language. Taking their heritage of both, they began the church to worship God who had led them to this land. Bethel still holds to the traditional values and moralities which are in the Scriptures and seek in them the final word on all things. We believe we are the people of God in the house of God, giving thanks, and following Christ in the world in mission.