Zambia, the former Northern Rhodesia, was governed by the British crown. In 1924 it become a British protectorate. The Reformed Church in Zambia grow out of the mission work of the Dutch Reformed Church of the Orange Free State, South Africa started in the end of the 19th century. The first congregation was established in Lusaka. African evangelists played significant role of the establishment in the denomination. Members of the Dutch Reformed Church moved to Zambia, and the church expanded rapidly. In the late 1950s eleven congregations with 3,300 members were in Zambia. Since 1982 it extended its mission work into Eastern Province, Luapula Province, Northern, Central and Northwest Zambia. The denomination was an Afrikaans church, but English service were introduced in the early 1990s. By 2000 the Reformed Church in Zambia covers all Province of the country.