2010 in Santee, California
Our mission work officially began in 2010 when Christ United Reformed Church in Santee, California, ordained and sent Rev. Andrea Ferrari as a missionary to Milan, Italy. Since that time, he has served Chiesa Evangelica Riformata ‘Filadelfia’, a small church in Milan that confesses the Three Forms of Unity. His labors as a missionary have been in view of establishing a confessional Reformed denomination modeled after the United Reformed Churches in North America. The proposed name for this future denomination is le Chiese Riformate in Italia (CRI), that is, the Reformed Churches in Italy.
2015 in Perugia
In 2015, Pastors Ferrari and Brown met with a group of believers in the city of Perugia who expressed interest in planting a Reformed church. They reached out to Rev. Ferrari after discovering his sermons on the web. Since their meeting with Pastors Ferrari and Brown, they have joined the church in Milan as members in full communion. Every Sunday, this group gathers in front of a laptop computer in Perugia to worship with the congregation in Milan via Skype. This is not ideal, but it is their only choice since they have no pastor and no other gospel-preaching church exists within driving distance. Pastor Ferrari visits them every eight weeks to preach and serve the Lord’s Supper. The rest of the year, however, they are without pastoral care or the sacraments. They have met like this for over two years.
2015 in Turin
That same year, Pastors Ferrari and Brown connected with a small independent church in the city of Turin. Beginning as a Pentecostal church, this little congregation had come to embrace the Reformed confessions. They were led by their pastor, Rev. Ivan Forte, who, like the group in Perugia, reached out to Rev. Ferrari and asked for his counsel and advice. Since 2015, Rev. Ferrari visits them on a monthly basis to instruct them in the Three Forms of Unity, the URCNA Church Order, and officer training. Rev. Forte is currently pursuing ordination within the URCNA so that he may function as a missionary and work with Rev. Ferrari for the establishment of CRI.
2017 in Milan
In the summer of 2017, Pastor Brown served the congregation in Milan for three months so that Pastor Ferrari could serve the core group in Perugia. This allowed these brothers and sisters to receive preaching, the sacraments, and pastoral care every week, which was an enormous encouragement to them. By the end of the summer, Pastors Ferrari and Brown were both convinced that God was calling them to labor in these posts fulltime: Ferrari in Perugia and Brown in Milan, working together along with Pastor Forte in Turin for the establishment of CRI.
2017 in Santee, California
In October 2017, the council of Christ United Reformed Church voted unanimously in favor of this bold proposal. God willing, in June 2018, Rev. Brown will be sent as a missionary to Milan and Rev. Ferrari sent to Perugia. God is beginning to answer our prayers for an established Reformed church in Italy.