The Reformed Church in America
The Peapack Reformed Church is a member congregation of the Reformed Church in America (RCA), the oldest active Protestant denomination in the United States, known originally as the Dutch Reformed Church. The terms “Reformed” and “Protestant” come from 16th century Europe, when reforms were being pressed upon the then dominant Roman Catholic Church. Under the leadership of such men as Martin Luther and John Calvin, these protesters, or “Protestants” organized into various denominations just as boundaries of European nations began to be drawn.
The roots of the RCA are in Holland, but in practice we closely resemble the Presbyterian Church, which began in Scotland. For more information about the RCA, please visit the denomination’s website: www.rca.org
Peapack Reformed – History and Governance
Peapack Reformed Church was organized as a congregation on October 31, 1848, a daughter of the Bedminster Reformed Church. The present sanctuary dates back to 1874, replacing the original sanctuary that was destroyed by fire. A major addition was built in 1915 (now the Fellowship Hall) and an education/office wing in 1985. A major restoration of the sanctuary was completed in 1998 as part of the church’s 150th anniversary celebration.
The administration of a Reformed church organized along Presbyterian lines, that is, it is not a hierarchy. The governing body, the Consistory, is made up of the pastor, who serves as president, and elders and deacons elected by the congregation. The three offices share authority and responsibilities equally. Peapack Reformed is a member of the Class of Delaware-Raritan, the regional body of RCA churches in the western New Jersey/Bucks County, Pennsylvania area, and of the Synod of the Mid-Atlantics.