First Reformed Church belongs to the “Reformed Church in America,” one of the oldest in North America. It was founded by the Dutch in 1628 in New Amsterdam, which was then a colony of The Netherlands and is now New York City. The Reformed branch of Protestantism has its roots in the Reformation of the 1500s. Its primary spiritual leader was John Calvin of Geneva, Switzerland.
- First Reformed Church is a community of people united in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit to worship and follow God's call by:
- Expressing God's love as a loving and affirming Christian community;
- Nurturing spiritual growth, including those with special needs;
- Offering service and assistance to the needy;
- Engaging in inter-religious dialogue for peace and understanding.