About Us

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Who We Are

The Reformed Church of Bronxville is a family of faith, a home for all, at the heart of the community. Inside our doors you will find:

  • A beautiful sanctuary where we glorify God with inspiring preaching and magnificent music

  • A gracious, welcoming community

  • An intellectually curious congregation that celebrates tradition and embraces innovation

  • A church whose members support and care for one another and for their neighbors, near and far

We strive to create a community of extraordinary love and service, with Jesus at the center. We do this by loving God with all our hearts; accepting all people; caring for all people; growing all people; serving all people; and providing excellent programs for children and youth.

Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.

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Our History

On April 9, 1850, our founders gathered on the hill above what is now Pondfield Road and Midland Avenue in Bronxville to dedicate their first church building. They incorporated as a congregation on November 5 of that same year.

A local expression of the Reformed Church in America (the former Dutch Reformed Church), The Reformed Church of Bronxville’s pre-history dates even further back—to 1628—when Dutch settlers held their first worship service at the southern tip of New Amsterdam. Services have continued uninterrupted since then, so RCB is part of the oldest Protestant church in North America with a continuing ministry.

In 1923, the congregation voted to build a larger church building. They hired architect Harry Leslie Walker, a church member, who also designed Bronxville High School (1924) and Bronxville Public Library (1942). Based on a Norman Gothic style inspired by English country churches, the new building was dedicated in 1926. The stained glass windows were designed by Boston-based designer Charles J. Connick. In 1950, RCB acquired the lot at the corner of Midland and Kraft Avenues for its education wing (which also houses the Reformed Church Nursery School), which was dedicated in 1957.

In recent years, RCB has grown from a Village-centered parish to a thriving house of worship that draws visitors from throughout Westchester County and the entire tri-state area. While our congregation numbers around 900, The Reformed Church retains the intimate, small-town feel beloved by our members—a family of faith at the heart of the community.

Church Leadership: Elders and Deacons

Elders William Hertlein, James Hoch, Dan Johnson, Mary Mackintosh, Sophia Primps, Gary Reetz, Doug Sesler, Rosanne Welshimer (Chair)

Deacons Donald Bringle, Brian Buttigieg, Pam De Jager, Joe French, Fran Harris, Ellen Kreger, Mark Liggitt, Nancy Little, Paul Muir (Chair), Amy Parsons, Gretchen Pingel, Richard Pink, Elizabeth Rangwalla, Laura Redican, Jenny Shively, Tiffany Tinson

Officers The Reverend Dr. Matthew Waterstone, President; Rosanne Welshimer, Vice President; Jim Hoch, Treasurer; Mary Mackintosh, Clerk of Consistory

Governance

Our church is guided by the RCA’s Book of Church Order, as well as our own Standing Rules.


The Reformed Church of Bronxville

180 Pondfield Rd., Bronxville, NY 10708

Tel: 914-337-6776