Toraja Church

Toraja Church in Tallunglipu
Toraja Church in Makale.

Toraja Church is a Protestant Christian denomination in Tana Toraja, Indonesia, of which the majority of the Toraja people are members.[1] This church is a member of Indonesian council of churches since 1950. On 1912-1913 the Gerevormerde Missionary Bond-Holland of the Dutch Reformed Church begun working in this part of the country. On November 7, 1913, Rev. A.A. van de Loosdrecht became the first missionary who came to Rantepao. This time became the starting point when the Gospel was grown in the Torajanese's heart. But, Rev. A.A. van de Loosdrecht was killed in that place. In 1938 there were 14,000 Christians from 300,000 inhabitants there. Formally, Toraja Church was established on March 25, 1947 in Rantepao.[2] In 1995 the church had 300,000 adherents.[3] In 2012 the church had 400 000 members and 959 congregations. This church is the largest in South Sulawesi, approximately 80% of the population belong to it.[4] [5] It is a member of the World Communion of Reformed Churches.[6]


  1. Adams, Kathleen M. (2006). Art as politics: re-crafting identities, tourism, and power in Tana Toraja, Indonesia. University of Hawaii Press. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-8248-3072-4.
  2. F.D.Wellem. Kamus Sejarah Gereja. Jakarta: BPK Gunung Mulia 2009.
  3. Anderson, Gerald H. (1999). Biographical dictionary of Christian missions. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p. 52. ISBN 978-0-8028-4680-8.
  4. id:Gereja Toraja#Statistik
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