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A History of Faithfulness

01. June 2014

Columns, Congregation of the Month,


Washington RPC

Washington RPC

Location: Washington, Iowa

Organized: 1969

Members: 37 communicant, 10 baptized

Pastor: Daniel Drost


Washington Reformed Presbyterian Church has a history of faithfulness to God’s Word and Reformed theology. Today, it has a continued presence in Washington, Iowa, characterized by that same faithfulness. Its roots as a church in Washington go back to the early 19th Century. Adam Ritchey was an Associate Presbyterian (Seceder) elder who moved with his family and a few other families across the Mississippi River to settle in an area called Crooked Creek. His pastor supposedly had an aversion to the natives there and discouraged the move, reportedly saying, “The gospel will never cross the Mississippi.” Ritchey went anyway, and the gospel progressed and thrived because it is God who brings the increase.

The very next year (1837) the Crooked Creek congregation was organized and was the first outreach west of the Mississippi. On Feb. 7, 1841, the missionary who was sent for the work (licentiate George C. Vincent) preached the first gospel sermon ever heard in Washington, Iowa. On Oct. 14, 1841, the Washington congregation was formally organized. The congregation’s first church building was erected and occupied in the summer of 1844 (though ...

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