Dutch Reformed Church in Botswana

Dutch Reformed Church in Botswana
Classification Protestant
Theology Reformed
Polity Presbyterian
Associations World Communion of Reformed Churches
Origin 1863
Congregations 13 and 50 house fellowships
Members 6,000

The Dutch Reformed Church in Botswana was founded by Swiss missionaries led by Rev. Henri Gronin begun working in 1863 among the tribe Bakgatla, Kgafela in Saulsport and Rustenburg in South Africa. In 1870 part of the tribe moved north to Botswana and the missionaries followed them. The great chief was baptised and most of the tribe followed him. In 1966 when Botswana become independent, a Synod of the Reformed Church was formed. In the 1970s the church gained independence. The church in the following years expanded to Basarwa, Bakalanga and Bakgatla.[1]

The denomination has 6,000 members and 13 parishes with 50 house fellowships in 2 presbyteries and one Synod. The 13 churches are in : Muchudi, Muchudi East, Muchudi West, Sikwane, Gaborone, Tlokweng, Lobatse, Kgalagadi, Ghanzi, Maun, Makaleng, Selebi Phikwe.[2]

The church subscribe the Reformed confessions:

The church is member of the World Communion of Reformed Churches.[3]


  1. 1 2 Johannes a Lasco Library. "Address data base of Reformed churches and institutions". Reformiert-online.net. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  2. "Dutch Reformed Church In Botswana (Synod Office) (Mochudi, Botswana)". Localbotswana.com. 2013-08-06. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  3. "World Communion of Reformed Churches - WCRC | Bringing together 80 million Reformed Christians worldwide". Wcrc.ch. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
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