St. John’s Reformed Church was formally organized July 8, 1919 as Kannapolis Reformed Church.  The newly organized church changed its name to St. John’s Reformed Church in 1920.  Ground breaking for the building was July 21, 1920 and the first service was held in the new building July 10, 1921.  St. John’s Reformed Church was considered one of the 5 original downtown Kannapolis Churches, along with Trinity Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church and Kimball Lutheran Church.  St. John’s is the only church of the five original down town churches that still meets in its original building.  


In 1934 the name was changed to St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church as the result of the merger of the Evangelical Synod and the Reformed Church and in 1957 changed once more to St. John’s United Church of Christ. In September, 2014 the church withdrew from the United Church of Christ to become St. John’s Reformed Church.


In 1962, St. John's built a Fellowship Hall adjacent to the main church building. In 1989, we completed a major renovation to upgrade our facilities, including the addition of an elevator tower.


What is Reformed Theology?


Reformed theology includes the belief that traces roots back to the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century.  The Reformed Theology holds to the authority of Scripture, the sovereignty of God, salvation by grace through Jesus Christ, and the necessity of evangelism. It is sometimes called Covenant theology because of its emphases on the covenant God made with Adam and the new covenant which came through Jesus Christ.


  • Authority of Scripture: Reformed theology teaches that the Bible is the inspired and authoritative Word of God, sufficient in all matters of faith and practice.


  • Sovereignty of God: Reformed theology teaches that God rules with absolute control over all creation. Therefore, He is never frustrated by circumstances.


  • Salvation by Grace: Reformed theology teaches that God in His grace and mercy has chosen to redeem a people to Himself, delivering them from sin and death.


  • Evangelism: Reformed theology teaches that we, as Christians, must proclaim and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:19-20 clearly teaches that we are to "go and make disciples," locally and in "all nations."