Who We Are

What is “Reformed”?

“Reformed” churches are, quite simply, Christian churches that worship and serve Jesus Christ. The Bible, God’s holy Word, is the supreme authority in our church. The label “Reformed” is taken from the Protestant “Reformers” of the 16th and 17th centuries. The Lord used these Christian men and women to challenge, using the basic teachings of God’s Word, what had by that time become in some significant ways a corrupted, “de-formed” Christian church. We strive to continue in the tradition of these brave Christians by holding fast to the truth, always “reforming” our own beliefs and lives in the light of Scripture.

Why not just use the label “Christian”?

We think it is important to distinguish ourselves as “Reformed,” not because we are the only Christians, and not because the Reformers themselves should be glorified, but because distinctively “Reformed” teachings most faithfully summarize the Bible. Many people who read the Bible interpret it differently. We want to be up-front and clear about what we understand the Bible to teach in order to try and persuade others of our understanding. The Reformers summarized the basic teachings of the Bible in their statements of belief, or “confessions.” These writings are not the Bible- and so their value comes only in that they correctly summarize the Bible. With the Reformers, we confess the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of the Synod of Dordt; and with the ancient Christian church, we confess the Apostle’s Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed.

What group are you a part of?

There are many Reformed denominations and federations in the United States and around the world. And these Reformed churches are part of an even broader family of historic Protestant churches (Lutherans, Anglicans/Episcopalians, and Presbyterians). We are a member congregation of the United Reformed Churches in North America, a theologically conservative, Bible-based federation of churches. Our church was founded over 80 years ago by some Dutch immigrant families who moved into the Ontario area. These families were descendants of the original Reformed Church in the Netherlands, which the Lord had blessed tremendously with His grace and truth. Today, our church is made up of men, women, and children from many different ethnic and even religious backgrounds.