Reformed Presbyterian Church in Taiwan
|Reformed Presbyterian Church in Taiwan
Kái-kek-chong Tiúⁿ-ló Kàu-hōe tī Tâi-oân
|Separations||Presbyterian Church in Taiwan|
The Reformed Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (RPCT; Chinese: 改革宗長老教會在臺灣; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Kái-kek-chong Tiúⁿ-ló Kàu-hōe tī Tâi-oân) was founded in the 1950s as a result of the union of various conservative Presbyterian denominations.
The Christian Reformed Church in North America first began missions in Taiwan in 1950. Lillian Bode led this effort, and the missionaries founded 4 congregations with 290 members. Meanwhile the native Presbyterian Church in Taiwan was becoming increasingly liberal. Led by missionaries of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church in Korea (Koshin), some churches split from the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan. These two groups, the Presbyterian and the Christian Reformed branches, united to form the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Taiwan. The Orthodox Presbyterian Church started mission in Taiwan in 1950 led by Rev. Egbert Andrew and Rev. Richard Gaffin. They founded 5 congregations. The Koshin Presbyterian Church missioanries like Rev. Kim Yong-Jin and Yoo Whan Yon planted 11 congregations with 500 members.
The church has 27 congregations, 900 members, and 1 presbytery. Two of the congregations are missions, a few are strong and healthy, the largest church membership is less than 100 people. The majority of its members speak Mandarin, but Taiwanese, Hakka, and Austronesian are also used in worships. These churches are concentrated in the northern part of Taiwan around the cities of Hsinchu, Taipei, Keelung and Xizhi. The denomination runs the Reformed Theological Seminary in Taipei.
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