About Matthew

Matthew van Maastricht

Pastor. Teacher. Church Historian. Theologian.

Matthew van Maastricht is a minister in the Reformed Church in America currently serving the Altamont Reformed Church in Altamont, New York. In addition, he is an adjunct instructor at New Brunswick Theological Seminary and a Fellow of the Reformed Church Center where he regularly writes and speaks on Reformed church history, the Reformed confessions, and church polity.

He is also a co-founder of the Society for Protestant Church Polity, as well as a founding co-editor of the Society’s scholarly journal, Church Polity: International Studies in Protestant Church Polity.

Matthew has a Master of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan; a Master of Social Work from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan; and is a PhD candidate at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, in the Netherlands.

Research Interests
  • Reformed church polity
  • Ecumenical church polity
  • Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American church history
  • History of Protestant church polity
  • Transatlantic church polity influences
  • Ecclesiastical assemblies/councils