Who We Are
The Reformed Church in America is a member of the Presbyterian/Reformed family of churches. Founded by the Dutch in New Amsterdam in 1628, it is one of the nation's oldest Denominations. Many ethnic, social, and religious backgrounds are represented amoung its 205,000 communicant members in 960 congregations throughout the United Sates and Canada.
FIRST REFORMED CHURCH HISTORY-
The First Reformed Church of Baldwin was organized in 1905. It was started with 157 baptized members, many of their ancestors are still members today. The services that started were in Dutch at 1 p.m. and in English at 7:30 p.m.
In 1949 a fire destroyed the church building, as everything was wood and the fire burned swiftly. No services were missed due to the fire, all the local pastors offered their churches any way they could.
A new cornerstone was installed in 1950 and the dedication of the new church was held in 1951. What is often referred to as 'the education wing' was constructed in 1964. A church elevator addition was completed in 1995.
The First Reformed Church has had many active prayer and Bible study groups over the years, and our Prayer Chain, which started up years ago, is an excellent tool to reach many in a short time when someone is in need of prayer. First Reformed is known for its many prayer warriors!
We have had 16 pastors lead our church, each with the faith of God and sermons given from scripture. 16 Sons and Daughters of The First Reformed Church have gone on to seminary and have become servents of God.
For a church to survive and thrive for over one hundred years requires adapting and accepting inevitable and necessary changes while maintaining the best of its history. A church needs both history and change. It needs pastors to lead and members wiling and able to lead and participate in activites and organizations. Though people, worship, activites, and building changes over the years, the mission of the church continues. It provides opportunities for Christian worship and learning, support and frienship during concerns of health, loss and in everyday life, celebration of happy milestones, and service of the commmunity. It has provided models and mentors for sixteen youth who chose careers in Christian service.