United States

RCA churches and church-related organizations are faithful witnesses of Christ's love, reaching out to people in their communities through food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, vacation Bible school, programs for seniors, after-school programs, and much more.

Deacons often coordinate the local outreach ministries that help churches make a difference in their own neighborhoods. Many of these ministries have grown out of the RCA's support for urban ministries.

Because a tremendous number of recent immigrants have "brought the world to our doorstep," the Reformed Church in America also reaches out to people cross-culturally throughout the United States.

Project Hospitality

Project Hospitality was founded in 1982 as an outreach of Brighton Heights Reformed Church in Staten Island, New York. It began in the basement of the church as a soup kitchen and shelter for the homeless, and its only staff was the Rev. Roland Ratmeyer, pastor of the congregation.

Within two years the budget of the project surpassed that of the church, and Project Hospitality was incorporated as a separate not-for-profit organization.

Brian Narcomey

Brian Narcomey serves as Native American outreach coordinator and copastor of Restored 2 Life, a come-as-you-are church that is one of the ministries of Center of Hope in urban Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The center also offers many community services including a bike to work program, computer access, and Bible studies. Native and non-Native families in Sioux Falls need to hear the good news. Many struggle with addictions and past traumas and need the empowerment found through new life in Christ. “I have the privilege of visiting with individuals and praying for their needs,” he says.

Jicarilla Apache Reformed Church

Towering mountains, imposing mesas, and deep lakes make up the land of the Jicarilla Apache Nation reservation. This land in Dulce, New Mexico, is home to nearly 2,800 members of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, many of whom are plagued by alcohol and substance abuse, broken families and trauma, domestic violence, and a poor school system.

Mescalero Reformed Church

Mescalero Reformed Church in Mescalero, New Mexico is richly blessed with a wonderful cultural heritage, and the church is committed to both maintaining its cultural identity and to following and serving Jesus. This is paramount to who the Mescalero people are. 

Apache Reformed Church

RCA ministry in Apache, Oklahoma, has roots in mission work at nearby Fort Sill dating back to 1895. That’s when Frank Wright was sent as a missionary to the Fort Sill Apaches, who were prisoners of the U.S. Army and had been relocated several times. When the tribe was released, they moved to Apache, where they began their own congregation. Apache Reformed Church is a congregation mostly comprised of Comanche, Kiowa, and Apache Indians. 

Center of Hope

As Charlie pulls open the doors of Center of Hope in his hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, his heart is heavy. With minimal income, feeding his family is difficult. His old truck broke down and now he’s unsure if he will be able to keep his job. As he sits down with Center of Hope staff, he’s conscious that he’s been wearing the same clothes for over a week. But today, Charlie has a glimmer of hope: he’s getting a bike to help him get to and from work and the food pantry.

Ministry to Japanese People in Southwest Michigan

The ministry with Japanese people in southwest Michigan focuses on evangelism and discipleship in four west Michigan locations: Holland, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo (campus ministry), and Battle Creek. Rev. Bob and Nancy Laning are an integral part of the ministry. They spend much time with Hope’s international students, lead the college Bible study group, preach, and give counseling. Rev. Andy Nakajima is working with RCA/Japanese ministry members in Kobe, Japan helping equip them to create church communities and reach out to more Japanese people.

Grace Covenant Ministries

Shoe squeaks, basketball thumps, and happy children squeals echo through the air at Grace Covenant Ministries (GCM). GCM provides Bible camps, sports, art, and gymnastic camps and programs for local youth in Jackson County, Kentucky. GCM executive director Tommy Miracle uses these opportunities to share Jesus with the people in the greater Jackson County area. GCM’s goal is to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the community.

Brian & Elizabeth Bruxvoort

As a pilot, mechanic, and chief pilot for the Mission Aviation Repair Center (MARC), Brian Bruxvoort helps make evangelization and church ministry possible in Alaska's remote villages. He transports pastors to and from their congregations; brings missionaries, students receiving mission training, and work teams to their mission sites; flies children to Bible camps; and helps maintain MARC's airplanes. He also connects people with the goods or services they need and helps Alaskan Christians feel connected to the rest of the body of Christ.

Barry & Terryl Bruce

Homeless and addicted, Jesse stumbled down the streets of Hawaiian Gardens, California. For 15 years he’d been known as the town drunk. Free food and warm greetings at a weekly Bible study attracted him to The Way Out Ministries, but the long-term care was more than he bargained for. When Jesse was scooped off the streets by first responders and hospitalized, he woke to a praying Terryl Bruce. Jesse has since given his life to Christ and things have turned around.