Richard Taylor is a noted church historian and an award-winning author of publications that focus on the traditions of the Evangelical and Reformed Church. His publications also explore additional and related religious groups.

Since 1989 he has specialized in the production and publication of historical directories of American Churches. Each book includes an overview of the historical events that influenced the development of the local churches and a listing of the local history data of hundreds of particular congregations.


The Congregations of the German Reformed Church in the United States is an historical directory of over 4,000 congregations related to the German Reformed Church in the United States, including their founding dates, locations, names, judicatory relationships, current status and additional data. Included are summary histories of every Synod and Classis.  About 1,300 references to Lutheran churches in union arrangements with Reformed Churches are cited.  The book includes a history of the denomination’s organizational structures, geographic spread, ethnic identities, and ecumenical relationships.  Extensive bibliography, six maps, and twelve figures and illustrations are included.  Indexed with a town and city directory. Click HERE to purchase this book now.


Beginning in Prussia in 1817, the Lutheran and Reformed Churches in many German states were united as Evangelical Churches. Immigrants to American founded both pietist and rationalist  (Evangelical Protestant) united Evangelical denominations. Both of these traditions are now part of the United Church of Christ. This book gives the best organizational overview of these groups currently in print.

  The extensive history in this book covers the development of various groups that became part of the German Evangelical Synod of North America. The Synod merged to the Reformed Church in the United States in 1934 to form the Evangelical and Reformed Church. Also included are summary histories of many rationalist Evangelical Protestant groups. The last of these, the Evangelical Protestant Church of North America, merged with the Congregationalists in 1925.

The text highlights organizational development, and includes related health and welfare and educational institutions.

The directory portion identifies all congregations known to be part of the Synod and fifteen other denominational groups. Also included are all Evangelical and Reformed congregations formed from the formation of that union until the organization of the United Church of Christ. Related congregations in Canada and mission sites in India and Honduras are listed as well.

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The map set includes ten maps to survey the geographic distribution and strength of the United Church and its four historic traditions across the United States. A study guide for History and Polity classes, or a one session discussion is included, along with a PowerPoint® presentation of the maps.  The maps and supporting materials are on a USB drive, from which they can be printed. 

The ten maps include four that show the counties with churches at time of the initial unions for each of the four major traditions:  Congregational, Reformed, Christian, and Evangelical. Areas of earlier service are also indicated. Three maps show the distribution of newly received congregations for the post-merger groups: Congregational Christian, Evangelical and Reformed, and United Church of Christ.  One composite map compares counties that currently have United Church congregations with counties previously served by it or any of its predecessors, and areas not served. Also included are two maps drawn from the 2010 U.S. Religion census that show United Church adherents in each county, and United Church adherents as a percentage of the population in each county.

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