The Dutch Reformed in North America
I did not grow up in the Dutch Reformed church. My background is quite eclectic—baptized Roman Catholic, converted in the Foursquare Church, educated in an Assemblies of God college, and serving as a former youth pastor in a nondenominational Pentecostal church—but I can’t recall even meeting a Dutch person until I walked into a Dutch Reformed church. The Dutch Reformed tradition is a rich one, with a history in North America that stretches back to the seventeenth century, and one that has had tremendous influence. Let’s sketch it out.