History of the Christian Reformed Church in Sri Lanka

Introduction

The history of the Christian Reformed Church (formerly Dutch Reformed Church) spans 360 of the 400 years of Dutch-Sri Lankan relations. It was in Galle on the 6th of October 1642 that the first Protestant ministrations began after Willem Jacobsz Coster had captured the fort in 1640. Organised Protestantism may be said to have been introduced in 1658 after the Dutch land and sea forces had defeated the main stronghold of the Portuguese on the island, the fort of Colombo, and became the sole masters of the Maritime Provinces of Ceylon.