Who We Are
We are a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America which was organized by a constitutional assembly in December 1973. The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) separated from the Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUSA) in opposition to the long-developing thelogical liberalism which denied the deity of Jesus Christ and the inerrancy of and authority of Scripture.
The PCA is a "Scriptural Denomination" which seeks to be biblical in its teaching. We earnestly strive to follow Jesus Christ and His Apostles. We are "Reformed" because we trace our roots to those in the reformation who initiated the return to the teaching of the apostolic church. We also believe the purest and most consistent expressions of biblical teaching are found in the great confessions of the early Reformed churches, particularly the Westminster Confession of Faith with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms.
We also seek to be biblical in our government. Being Presbyterian means the local churches are governed by "presbyters," or elders who are elected by the people. This was the kind of government the New Testament Church enjoyed (for instance, see Acts 20:17; Titus 1:5-9).
The PCA is one of the faster growing denominations in the United States, with over 1450 churches and missions throughout the USA and Canada. There were over 306,000 communicant and non-communicant members as of December 2000.
The influence of the PCA extends far beyond the walls of the local church. Mission to the World has 519 career missionaries in almost 60 nations of the world, 169 two-year missionaries, and over 6500 short term missionaries. Because of the unique relationship between Mission to the World with over thirty missionary organizations with whom some of our missionaries are working, some consider that the influence is far greater than our size might indicate. Indeed, PCA churches support an additional 690 career missionaries, covering over 130 nationals all together. Further, with more than 100 chaplains in the military, Veterans Administration, prisons, and hospitals, and 45 college and university campus ministers, the Gospel is proclaimed to a rather large audience around the world not reached through usual outreach channels.