The history of the Church is as old as the history of the Three Bridges community, but the history of the Reformed Church in America is older than that of the United States. Originating in the Netherlands, the Reformed Church sent its first minister - a missionary - to what was then New Amsterdam (now known as New York City) in 1628. Since that day, there has always been a Reformed Church presence here, making our denomination the oldest continuous Protestant church in America. We are proud to say The Reformed Church founded Rutgers University in 1766 and the Theological Seminary (also in New Brunswick) is America's oldest.
We are called the Reformed Church because it is part of the great Protestant group of churches which came out of the Reformation. The name refers to the fact that it is a church re-formed according to the Word of God. The Reformed Church in America has roughly 950 churches in North America, with a membership of about 300,000. In the East, our churches tend to be smaller, community churches, while the churches in the Midwest are usually larger congregations.
The Three Bridges Reformed Church was founded in 1873, and the cornerstone to the building was laid 1874. The kitchen section of Fellowship Hall was built n 1913, with the other half being completed in 1956. The stained glass of the Sanctuary windows were memorial gifts of 1914. We have been blessed with 15 installed ministers. We welcome Rev. Ryan T. Nace who was installed as Minister of Word and Sacrament of the Three Bridges Reformed Church on June 6th, 2010.
Whereas in the distant past, our parishioners were either farmers or shopkeepers, today we see a mix of those who work local and those who commute to the cities. Many of our recent members have moved to this area after being attracted by its natural beauty.
Exactly where are the three bridges? Well, today there is only one bridge, where the South branch of the Raritan River is crossed. However, at one time it took three spans to cross the river, and this was later reduced to two.
At one time, Three Bridges was also a thriving railroad stop. Today, many people driving through the little village admire the beautiful old homes and the picturesque white church set back from the main road. We welcome your visit.