Zeltenreich Reformed Church is the result of combining two existing congregations; Zeltenreich UCC and Covenant Reformed Church of New Holland.
Zeltenreich Church traced its roots back to the early 18th century when German Reformed settlers came to the Lancaster County area looking for a place to work, raise their families, and worship God. A farmer named Andrew Seltenreich donated the property where the congregation is presently located and the first church was built in the mid 1700s. An extensive history of the early congregation can be found at Zeltenreich Reformed Church History by Rev. C. G. Bachman, Pastor.
Covenant Church began worshiping in New Holland in May of 2005. In 2011, the two congregations came together to revitalize the tradition of Zeltenreich Reformed Church.
Blessed Beginnings of Covenant Reformed Church!
Covenant Reformed Church began with prayer. Several of the families, who initially showed interest in the church, had been praying for some years that God would raise up a church in the Eastern Lancaster County area which was committed to the Reformed faith. Specifically, they were committed to start a church that was Reformed in doctrine, covenantal in character, traditional in worship, and committed to Christian education.
As the group set out to explore their denominational options, we began to look at the United Reformed Churches of North America (URCNA). We began reading The URCNA Church Order and loved seeing the Biblical truths of the Church reflected in the document. After contacting Rev. Paul Murphy of Messiah’s Reformed Fellowship (URC), he came out from New York City to meet with us on March 16, 2005.
Several weeks later, after eliminating two other possibilities, the group decided to apply to be a URC church.
Finding a Place to Worship
We began worshiping on June 12, 2005, with eight committed families (38 souls). We first worshiped in Churchtown, PA. (approximately 20 miles east of Lancaster), at an historic church building owned and occupied by the local historical society. The location was great, and the atmosphere was wonderful (old box pews and all), but because of the lack of separate rooms and bathroom accommodations, it proved to be less than ideal.
We moved seven miles west into New Holland, PA and tried worshiping at the New Holland United Methodist Church. This location, overall, was ideal for three of our committed families who live in New Holland. As we compared the two facilities, it became obvious that the church in New Holland was much preferred. We negotiated a lease with the officials at the New Holland United Methodist Church to use the facility for a worship every Sunday morning.
In May 2011, we moved to a new permanent location at the Zeltenreich UCC, 752 Hollander Road, New Holland. We now offer a Sunday School program at 9:15 am and worship services at 10:30 am and 6:00 pm.