Reformed Christian Church in Serbia

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Reformed Christian Church in Serbia
Classification Protestant
Orientation Calvinist
Theology Reformed
Polity Episcopal
Leader Bishop Béla Halász[1]
Associations World Communion of Reformed Churches
Region Serbia
Origin 1919
Branched from Reformed Church in Hungary
Congregations 50
Members 17,00

Before World War I, the Reformed Christian Church in Serbia (Szerbiai Református Keresztén Egyház in Hungarian) was part of the Reformed Church in Hungary. In the period of the Reformation, Rev Sztáray planted 120 Reformed congregations in the region. In the period of the Ottoman Empire regions of Hungary were part of the Empire and some villages were destroyed. After the Turks were defeated, Hungarian Reformed people came from Debrecen, Szentes. In 1898 a whole Catholic village converted to the Reformed faith, because the Catholic church refused to celebrate the mass in Hungarian language. After World War I this part of Hungary was connected to Serbia. In 1933 the Reformed Church in Yugoslavia was founded. At that time among Hungarians, there were German Reformed comgregations, the Germans arrived in this region in the 18th century. After World War II the Germans were forced to leave the country. There are Czech- speaking and a remnant of German speaking congregations. The church suffered in the Communist regime. A number of congregations separated when Croatia become independent to form the Reformed Christian Church in Croatia.[2]

The church affirms the Apostles Creed, Athanasian Creed, Nicene Creed, Heidelberg Catechism, Second Helvetic Confession, just like the official confessions of the Hungarian Reformed Church. The Reformed Hungarian speaking minority lives in predominantly in the northern part, especially in Vojvodina.[3]

The Reformed Christian Church in Serbia had 17,000 members in almost 50 congregations composed in 2 Presbyteries, served by 19 pastors in 2006.[4] The headquarters of the church is Bácsfeketehegy. The bishop is István Csete szemesi.[5]

Member of the World Communion of Reformed Churches.[6]


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