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General History

In 1979, Caribbean Christian Ministries was formally established in Suriname. In 1986, the Donnans moved to Florida to establish the U.S. Regional Office, while continuing close oversight of the work in Suriname. Reformation Christian Ministries (RCM) was legally incorporated under a local Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Florida. In 1996, RCM expanded into a number of countries and also established a college and seminary ministry, as well as a supporting audiovisual and printing ministry.

In 1994, Rev. & Mrs. Rudy Poettcker joined RCM as missionaries to Suriname. They came from the Mennonite tradition and lived in Calgary, Alberta in Canada. Rev. Poettcker had been in the pastorate and also had business background. They served in Suriname in various capacities in the school (Headmaster of Christian Liberty Academy, Paramaribo and Sharilyn serving as school nurse). Rev. Poettcker also was asked to pastor First Presbyterian Church in Paramaribo, but now serves on the session having trained his replacement in Rev. Asgar Hamid. In 2006, the Poettckers were asked by RCM to relocate to the U.S. so that Rev. Poettcker could take over responsibility as Dean of Studies for the college and seminary programs. He now lives in Palm Bay, Florida about 18 miles from RCM's headquarters.

Reformation Christian Ministries holds to the original Westminster Standards (Confession, Larger and Shorter Catechisms) and the Three Forms of Unity (Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism and Canons of Dort). RCM is not a para-church ministry, but is a ministry of a local church overseen by its elders. RCM is eligible to receive tax-exempt donations in both the United States and Canada. It is financially underwritten by donations from individuals and churches.

Reformation Christian Ministries has a corresponding office in Canada; a field office in Suriname; and an official co-laboring relationship in Russia. The objective of RCM is to assist in bringing Gospel-centered outreach and education aimed at Reformation to nations by locating and working with men whom God has specifically called to be the modern-day counterparts of Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox and other Reformers. RCM seeks to provide educational and other forms of support, especially to church-run ministries native to each country. To accomplish this, RCM promotes the establishment of strong, indigenous, self-supporting local churches with effective outreach and educational ministries aimed at bringing the Gospel to people who will then be used to bring about Reformation in their country. Normally we work with local people, but missionaries may be sent in support of these objectives.

 
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