Although we officially become “Heartland Community Church” on January 1, 2008, the story of our congregation finds its roots back in the Reformation of the 1500s. Leaders of this movement were pastors and professors who studied Scripture, read church history, and recognized a disturbing difference between the Roman Church of their day and the beliefs and practices of the first 600 years of the church. One of those leaders was John Calvin. His thoughts – guided by Scripture and its early interpreters – spread throughout all of Europe. Eventually his way of thinking about the Christian faith found a home base in the Netherlands, which was named the “Dutch Reformed Church.”
When the Dutch immigrated to America in the 1600s, they brought with them their understanding of the Christian faith. Starting in New York then heading west, they established churches in line with the Reformed thought of Calvin. Thus was born America’s oldest Protestant denomination with a continuous ministry: The Reformed Church in America (RCA). In 1888 a group made a home in Lafayette, IN and started First Reformed Church. That’s us!
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