The Ridgewood congregation is part of the Christian Reformed Church in North America (www.crcna.org), a classical, evangelical Protestant denomination that is bi-national, with about three-fourths of its 1,000-plus congregations in the United States and one-fourth in Canada. Denominational offices are in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Burlington, Ontario.
The CRCNA was originally established in 1857 by immigrants from The Netherlands, though predecessors in this area date from 1824. Today the CRCNA encompasses diverse members from many ethnic backgrounds and a growing number of new immigrants. The Ridgewood congregation is part of Classis Hudson, the CRCNA regional unit founded in 1878 that covers an area from eastern Long Island to far northwestern New Jersey.
Christian Reformed members were instrumental in founding such area agencies as Bethany Christian Services, Christian Health Care Center, Eastern Christian Children’s Retreat, and Eastern Christian School Association.
Our denomination sponsors many well-regarded national and international ministries. Christian Reformed World Missions has 175 workers in 40 countries. The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (now World Renew) has 134 staff members and a large corps of church volunteers working across the U.S. and Canada and in dozens of countries, responding to emergency and development needs for 1.6 million clients each year.
Christian Reformed church members have always been committed to education, and support Christian day schools and multiple colleges, including Calvin College, Dordt College, Kuyper College, Providence Christian College, Trinity Christian College, and in Canada, King’s University College and Redeemer University College. Students from many nations and church backgrounds attend our Calvin Theological Seminary. The CRCNA also has agencies for broadcasting and Internet outreach, home missions, abuse prevention, chaplains, disability concerns, race relations, social justice, hunger action, overseas business startups, and youth.
The CRCNA’s ecumenical affiliations include the World Communion of Reformed Churches and its member bodies in 100 nations, Canadian Council of Churches, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Christian Churches Together (USA) and National Association of Evangelicals (USA).