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In 1975 the CRC joined the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC), Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA), the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod (RPCES) and the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) in forming the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council (NAPARC).

In March, the Noordeloos church of the Classis of Holland left the Reformed Church in America.

On March 19, some members of Second Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, organized a church that became First CRC, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Preparatory Department of the school became Calvin College, while the Theological Department became Calvin Theological Seminary.

By 1880 the denomination had grown to 42 congregations.

Ten years later the number had grown to 100 located in 11 states.

During the 1890s congregations from the True Protestant Dutch Reformed Church (located in New York and New Jersey) joined the CRC.

The Christian Reformed Church (CRC) split from the Reformed Church in America (then known as the Dutch Reformed Church) in an 1857 secession, which was in part the result of a theological dispute that originated in the Netherlands.