Welcome to New England Reformed Fellowship (NERF)!

The New England Reformed Fellowship (NERF) is a fellowship of Reformed pastors from various denominations across New England. We believe the gospel of Jesus Christ is as crucial for the health and as relevant to remedy the evils of our own day as when New England was founded and when revivals swept across the colonies, transforming churches and society.

The New England Reformed Fellowship began in the 1980s with a vision from confessionally reformed baptist, congregational and presbyterian pastors to meet monthly with no other agenda than to fellowship in the riches of Christ and encourage one another. These men serve in what are mostly smaller, scattered congregations. Our gatherings are times of learning, encouragement, and rejoicing with those of like faith.

NERF began the Bolton Conference in 1985 to stimulate spiritual growth among God’s people and to deepen vital understanding of historic Christian doctrine through the exposition of the Word of God.

Doctrinal Convictions of NERF Churches

The men of NERF recognize and are associated with the value and role that historic reformed confessions have in the church. These documents help us to understand and define what we believe as Christians and what we are to proclaim to the world. For a list of historic statements of faith, please see church documents at the Center for Reformed Theology and Apologetics (CRTA).

What We Mean by "Reformed Theology"

The following points, along with the creeds noted above, help guide us into the knowledge of the true God and what He requires of His people. We invite you to list your church in our NERF church directory if it advocates the five solas and the five doctrines of grace, or your pastor is attempting to reform your church according to these convictions.
Reformed Theology is committed to the five "solas" of the Reformation, that salvation from sin, death and Hell is:

Sola Fide (by faith alone),
Sola Gratia (by grace alone),
Solus Christus (through Christ alone),
Sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone),
Soli Deo Gloria (to God's glory alone).
Reformed Theology also professes:

The total depravity of mankind,
God's unconditional election of sinners unto salvation,
Christ’s gracious and definite atonement for His church,
God’s effectual calling of His elect unto salvation, and the
perseverance of God’s elect unto their full and final salvation.

NERF Executive Committee

Pastor Lars Larson, Chairman

Steven James Weibley, ret.

First Baptist Church
23 West St.
Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 660-8869
[email protected]
Denomination: Independent Reformed Baptist
Clinton, MA
Denomination: CCCC

Pastor Paul Wanamaker

Pastor Ross Macdonald

Evangelical Congregational Church of Easton
351 Depot St.
Easton, MA 02375
PO Box 52
(508) 238-3161
[email protected]
Denomination: CCCC
Grace Reformation Bible Church
(Old Town Hall)
2 Exchange St.
Barre, MA 01005
(774) 312-6170
[email protected]
Denomination: Independent Reformed Baptist

Join us!

You are cordially invited to meet with us at our monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of January–May, and September–November at:

Immanuel Chapel
38 Hopkinton Street
Upton, MA 01568

A paper is presented on a biblical, theological, historical, or biographical subject. This is followed by hearty discussion and a time of prayer. Before and after the meeting are opportunities for fellowship. Often a group of the men goes to lunch together.

Pastors are always welcome at our meetings. We also welcome laymen to attend. Please come early (any time after 8:30 AM) for a muffin and coffee. We begin around 9:15 AM and continue until about noon.

For more information about NERF, please get in touch with us!