Reformed Church in America


The Reformed Church in America (RCA) www.rca.org is the oldest Protestant denomination in the United States, its first ministry beginning in 1628 in what was Dutch New Amsterdam (now New York). The RCA has its roots in the Reformation which swept Europe in the 1500ís. Our worship liturgy and church government are in the Presbyterian family of churches.

Our denominational mission is that we are a fellowship of congregations called by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit to be the very presence of Jesus Christ in a lost and broken world so loved by God.

Our polity or form of church government is Presbyterian, in that it is representative in nature, a model used in the founding of the United States. Elders and deacons are elected from among the members of the congregation and serve on consistory, the Dutch name for our local church governing council.

The next higher church governing body is the Classis (another Dutch word). A Classis is composed of the minister and an elder delegate from each of the churches within the bounds of the Classis. There are 46 Classes (the plural of Classis) covering the United States and Canada. The Classis which the Annandale Reformed Church is a member of is the Classis of Delaware-Raritan www.dr-classis.net which covers parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The next higher church governing body is the Regional Synod. The Regional Synod is composed of minister and elder delegates from all of the churches of the Classes within the geographic bounds of the Regional Synod. There are 8 Regional Synods covering the United States and Canada. The Annandale Reformed Church is part of the Regional Synod of the Mid-Atlantics www.rsmat.org which covers parts of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The highest church governing body is the General Synod, which meets once a year. The General Synod is composed of minister and elder delegates from each of the 46 Classes and 8 Regional Synods, as well as other representatives from our seminaries and schools and other church bodies.

We are bible-based (the Old and New Testament scriptures are our guide for faith and practice) and Christ-centered (Jesus Christ is the head of the church and the only way to salvation).

The Annandale Reformed Church was organized in 1866 and is affiliated with the RCA. The church building was built in 1868. (see Our History)

We follow Christ in mission seeking for wholeness and healing as we seek to minister to those hurting and in need.

We seek authenticity and commitment as we worship God through praise and through serving in ministry to others in many ways. We are a family in Christ called by the Holy Spirit to serve God in our community, placed here to worship, to nurture and serve and to make the joyous life in Christ more accessible to our neighbors.