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Famous Members of
the Dutch Reformed Church
and the
Reformed Church in America (RCA)

Related pages:
- Famous Calvinists

Related websites:
- Christian Reformed Politicians

Christian Reformed
Founding Fathers

Dutch Reformed Non-Signing Delegates
at the Constitutional Constitution:

John Lansing, Jr. - New York
Robert Yates - New York

Dutch Reformed Representatives in
First U.S. Federal Congress (1789-1791):

Egbert Benson - New York
James Schureman - New Jersey
Henry Wynkoop - Pennsylvania

Dutch Reformed Senators in
First U.S. Federal Congress (1789-1791):

Philip Schuyler - New York

German Reformed Representatives in
First U.S. Federal Congress (1789-1791):

Daniel Hiester, Jr. - Pennsylvania

No Reformed Church members are known to have been among the signers of the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution.

Dutch Reformed
Comic Book Characters

- Rev. Norman McCay
The Dutch Reformed Church is traditionally Calvinist, Protestant and Christian. Often when the religious affiliation of members of this denomination is mentioned, these individuals are simply called "Calvinist." Not all Calvinists, however, are members of the Dutch Reformed Church. There are other Calvinist denominations, although the Reformed Church is a major heir to the Calvinist tradition, ahd the influence of Calvinism within broader Protestantism has greatly declined since 1900.

The Dutch Reformed Church was founded in colonial times by settlers coming to America from the Netherlands (also called "Holland," whose citizens are known as "Dutch"). In 1867 the Dutch Reformed Church officially adopted its present name: the Reformed Church in America, although for a long time many members continued identify themselves, and be identified by others, as "Dutch Reformed." Now, with the name change over 100 years in the past and the assimilation of Dutch Americans into American culture, it is far rare to find Americans who specify their religious preference as "Dutch Reformed." The term may be encountered most often when reading about Dutch Americans who lived during the 1700s and 1800s, or with contemporary Dutch citizens and recent immigrants from the Netherlands.

Unless noted (as RCA), all of the following individuals were known specifically as "Dutch Reformed":

  • Martin Van Buren - 8th U.S. President
  • Theodore Roosevelt - 26th U.S. President
  • George Clinton - U.S. Vice-President under Jefferson and Madison
  • James S. Sherman - U.S. Vice-President under Pres. Taft
  • Juliana - Queen of Netherlands (b. 1909)
  • Peter Hoekstra - U.S. Representatives from Michigan
  • Vernon J. Ehlers - U.S. Representatives from Michigan (Christian Reformed Church)

  • Rembrandt - celebrated painter; the greatest of the "Dutch Masters"
  • Jan Vermeer - celebrated painter; one of the "Dutch Masters"; his works include Girl with a Pearl Earring, c. 1665
  • Vincent van Gogh - famous Dutch painter whose works include The Starry Night
  • Paul Schrader - screenwriter (Taxi Driver; Raging Bull; The Last Temptation of Christ; Bringing Out the Dead; etc.)
  • Lucille Ball - actress, TV sitcom pioneer (member at an RCA congregation)

  • Frederik de Klerk - Nobel Peace Prize winner; attorney
  • Robert H. Schuller - founder and preacher at the famed Crystal Cathedral, with nationally seen worship services (RCA)
  • Rev. Norman Vincent Peale - nationally popular author and preacher at Manhattan's Marble Collegiate Church; RCA president in 1969 and 1970
  • Peter Minuit - important religious leader; bought the island of Manhattan from the Indians for $24
  • Antony van Leeuwenhoek - influential scientist who studied microscopic life
  • Herman Witsius - famous Dutch Reformed theologian (1636-1708)
  • Abraham Kuyper - famous Dutch Reformed theologian and one-time Prime Minister of the Netherlands; author of Lectures on Calvinism
  • James Arminius - famous theologian; formulated Arminianism (also known as Jacob Harmenszoon)

Notable Dutch Reformed/Christian Reformed Politicians

Source: The Political Graveyard (http://politicalgraveyard.com/group/christian-reformed.html; viewed 2 December 2005)

Conrad F. Becker (b. 1905)
Everett McKinley Dirksen (1896-1969)
Frank M. Ozinga (b. 1914)
Martin Ozinga, Jr. (b. 1921)

Bert Andrew Bandstra (1922-1995)
Lucas James DeKoster (1918-2000)
Melvin D. Synhorst (b. 1914)

David John Markey (b. 1882)

Andrew Bolt (1906-1971)
Bartel John Jonkman (1884-1955)
Ben E. Lohman (1898-1982)
Charles R. Feenstra (b. 1894)
Clyde H. Geerlings (1904-1978)
Edgar A. Geerlings (b. 1937)
Edgar J. Fredericks (b. 1942)
Edward A. Borgman (1894-1980)
Gerrit C. Hasper (1913-1991)
Harold James Volkema (1930-1967)
Henry Geerlings (b. 1868)
Jelt Sietsema (b. 1921)
John Vanderwerp (1866-1939)
Lucas Lugers (1853-1927)
Melvin J. De Stigter (1928-2003)
Milton Zaagman (b. 1926)
Oscar E. Bouwsma (1921-1978)
Paul Brentwood Henry (1942-1993)
Peter Hoekstra (b. 1953)
Peter Kok (b. 1919)
Peter Oppewall (b. 1922)
Robert VanderLaan (b. 1930)
Stephen V. Monsma (b. 1936)
Vernon James Ehlers (b. 1934)

Omar Schnatmeier (b. 1908)

New Jersey
Arthur Harry Moore (1879-1952)
Clarence Edwards Case (1877-1961)
Edna B. Conklin
Edwin Winfield Eden (1887-1953)

New York
Alfred Rider Page (1859-1931)
Anning Smith Prall (1870-1937)
D-Cady Herrick II (b. 1908)
George Clinton (1739-1812)
Isaiah Davis Winne (1818-1902)
James Schoolcraft Sherman (1855-1912)
John Lansing, Jr. (1754-c.1829)
Joseph P. Bradley (1813-1892)
Martin Van Buren (1782-1862)
Ralph Waldo Gwinn (1884-1962)
Robert Yates (1738-1801)
Simon Boerum (1724-1775)
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)
William MacRae Nicoll (b. 1893)

Robert T. Oestreicher (1897-1955)

Daniel Hiester (1747-1804)
John Stothoff Badeau (b. 1903)
Lewis Wesley Rathgeber, Jr. (b. 1922)
Stanley G. Stroup (b. 1904)

Category: Reformed Theologians

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Reformed_theologians (viewed 12 August 2005)

Abraham Kuyper
Alexander Henderson
Alvin Plantinga
Ambrosius Blarer
Andrew Bonar
Andrew Purves
Anthony A. Hoekema
Archibald Alexander
Archibald Alexander Hodge
Augustus Montague Toplady
Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield
Charles Hodge
Cornelius Van Til
Cotton Mather
D. H. Th. Vollenhoven
Donald Macpherson Baillie
Edmund Clowney
Francis Schaeffer
Francis Turretin
Friedrich Spanheim
Gary North
George Whitefield
Gisbertus Voetius
Gordon Clark
H.R. Mackintosh
Heinrich Bullinger
Hendrik Van Riessen
Herman Dooyeweerd
Hermann Witsius
Horatius Bonar
Huldrych Zwingli
Increase Mather
J. I. Packer
James Boice
Johann Heinrich Heidegger
Johann Jakob Grynaeus
Johannes Cocceius
Johannes Oecolampadius
John Baillie
John Bunyan
John Calvin
John Frame
John Gresham Machen
John Knox
John Murray
John Owen
Jonathan Edwards
Joseph Pipa
Josue de la Place
K. J. Popma
Karl Barth
Leo Jud
Martin Bucer
Martin Luther
Michael Horton
Moses Amyraut
Nicholas Wolterstorff
Oswald Myconius
Peter Taylor Forsyth
Philip Schaff
Pietro Martire Vermigli
Princeton theologians
R. C. Sproul
Reinhold Niebuhr
Richard Mouw
Robert Dick Wilson
Robert Murray M'Cheyne
Robert Smith Candlish
Robert South
Rousas John Rushdoony
S. U. Zuidema
Samuel Rutherford
Samuel Werenfels
Sinclair Ferguson
Theodore Beza
Theodore Bibliander
Thomas Boston
Thomas Erastus
Thomas Erskine
Thomas Torrance
Wilhelm Herrmann
William Farel
Wolfgang Fabricius Capito

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