Date Founded: 1857
Membership/Number of Clergy: 176,683/1,452 as of 2014
Headquarters: 2850 Kalamazoo Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49560
Publications: The Banner
Core Beliefs: There is an extensive discussion of what the CRC believes at http://www.crcna.org/welcome/beliefs. Many of those beliefs are shared by many Christian denominations. See the section headed "Reformed 'Accent'" for details about specific reformed perspectives.
Short History: An offshoot of Dutch Calvinism, the CRC was formed by four Dutch-speaking churches in Michigan that removed themselves from the (U.S.) Dutch Reformed Church in 1857 over issues of doctrinal purity, lack of piety among American preachers, un-Biblical use of hymns in church, open communion tables, and a lack of solidarity with the cause of succession in the Netherlands among the American clergy. Around 1900 the church adopted English as the language of worship. More congregations were formed in Canada in the 1950s as many Dutch Calvinists emigrated to that county. The decision to allow the ordination of women in the 1960s saw over 40,000 members leave the church.