In late 2002, five core families started meeting. The discussion centered around founding a church with a Reformed perspective and an emphasis on preaching the Word.
The decision was made to extend a call to Rev. Carl A Heuss Sr. to be our pastor, and he agreed. Making the move from Dallas to Denver, Rev. Heuss brought his wisdom and guidance to the first stages of our foundation. He suggested we adopt as our foundational verse 1 Peter 1:22: “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.” This was meaningful since too many church fail by “falling off the bridge between ‘love and law’.”
On May 11, 2003, Coram Deo Reformation Church held its inaugural worship service at a small church building in Littleton. Since that first service, we have been at four different locations in the Denver area. Our present location is in Littleton, in the same building where we held our inaugural service!
In January, 2007, we joined the United Reformed Churches in North America. There are now three URCNA churches along the Front Range: Calvary URC in Loveland, Covenant URC in Colorado Springs, and Coram Deo Reformation Church in Littleton.
We were blessed to have Pastor Carl Heuss Sr. serve as our Pastor until his accident on November 6, 2015. We had the privilege of celebrating his forty years in the ministry in May, 2015, and in March of 2017, he became our Pastor Emeritus in the URCNA. With the retirement of Pastor Heuss, we have again been blessed with a faithful Reformed preacher in Rev. Derrick Vander Meulen, who came to us from Kauai, Hawaii and was installed as our Pastor on January 22, 2017.
Coram Deo is Latin for “Before the Face of God.” Our name expresses our prayer that we might live all of our lives consciously and intentionally pleasing the Lord (Ephesians 5:10).
This means that not only do we want to be conscious and intentional in pleasing God in our worship, but that we order our lives around the will of God as He has revealed in His word. We have to confess, of course, that we are a long way from living and worshiping like this perfectly. That’s why God calls us to hear His Word proclaimed through preaching each week.
Romans 10:17 - "So faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ."
It is the bread of life for our souls! He confirms the gospel in the sacraments and by them nourishes us unto eternal life. He sends us with His blessing each week as we intend to live our lives, “Before the face of God!”