Protestant Church in East Timor

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The Protestant Church in East Timor is a Reformed Protestant denomination in East Timor.

During Portuguese colonial rule in East Timor, which lasted until the country was annexed by Indonesia in 1975, Protestantism was suppressed.[citation needed] The Protestant Christian Church in East Timor came into being in 1979. Synod was established in 1988; that is the founding date of the denomination[clarification needed]. Membership grew from 6,668[clarification needed] to 34,625 in 1996[citation needed]. In 1998 it joined the World Communion of Reformed Churches and the World Council of Churches.

The denomination publishes a mounthy magazine, Tatoli, which means "message". It has a presbyterian church government.[1][2][3]

The church maintains a relationship with the American United Church of Christ.[4]

Atauro Island is one of the few areas of the country where Protestants outnumber Catholcis. Most inhabitants of Atauro belong to a Dutch Reformed Calvinist Church.


  1. ^ "Address data base of Reformed churches and institutions". Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  2. ^ "The Protestant Church in East Timor « UnitingWorld". Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  3. ^ "East Timor Ministry". 2009-07-19. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  4. ^ "Protestant Churches of East Timor (IPTL)". Retrieved 2013-10-02.