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German Reformed Church
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The German Reformed Church was founded during the Pennyslvania immigration movement in the 1720s. In 1747 two pastors, John Philip Boehm and Michael Schlatter, brought the various local churches and congregations of German immigrants together in a union, with the Heidelberg Catechism as its doctrinal standard. In 1793 the synod of the German Reformed Churches in the USA began to ordain clergy and establish schools; a seminary was founded in 1825, which moved to Mercersburg in 1837 and to Lancaster in 1871. In the 1840s …

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Hambrick-Stowe, Charles E., “German Reformed Church”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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