About us

Our History

The ERCA was founded in Minneapolis in 2006 as the Evangelical Reformed Church (America), it began as a fellowship of independent reformed churches and pastors came together in hopes of forming a fellowship that would educate and assist ministers and proclaim the truth of the Gospel that has been forgotten by many “reformed” churches today.

The initial members were from a variety of backgrounds Dutch, Presbyterian and Congregational. The church settled on the T.U.L.I.P. as its first statement of faith. A governing body was formed, a constitution ratified and in 2007 the Name was changed to the Evangelical Reformed Church in America.

In 2008 the General Council (Now Classis) voted to accept an official statement of faith and to accept the Heidelberg Catechism, the Canons of Dordt, the Belgic Confession, the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Westminster Shorter Catechism and the Westminster Larger Catechism as doctrines of faith.

In 2009 the name of the Evangelical Reformed Church in America was briefly changed to the Evangelical Reformed Church Association in 2010 the name was changed back to avoid confusion with another ministry with a similar name.

Who we are

We are a Reformed Christian confessional conservative, Calvinist denomination. We affirm the principles of the Reformation: Sola scriptura (Scripture alone), Solo Christo (Christ alone), Sola gratia (Grace alone), Sola fide (Faith alone), and Soli Deo gloria (Glory to God alone). We are Reformed in theology, and in government.
We have historical roots in the Continental Reformed Churches, and doctrinal roots in the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation. We emphasis Biblical, Christ-centered, covenantal, redemptive-historical preaching, teaching, and holy living as a response of gratitude to the gospel.
We believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God and the authoritative rule for all of life and is the heart of preaching and teaching. We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is both true man and true God and is the long-awaited Messiah who suffered and died for the sins of God's people, and that this demands a thankful response of faith and obedience. Like other Reformed churches, we believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.
Upon public profession of faith, our congregational members are understood to subscribe to our confessions and creeds as faithfully summarizing the doctrine of the Bible. Our congregations are part of the one true church of God, distinguished by the marks of the true church.