About the PCA

About the PCA

The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) was formed in 1973 to be a denomination that is "Faithful to the Scriptures, True to the Reformed Faith, and Obedient to the Great Commission."  

The PCA is an Evangelical and Reformed Presbyterian denomination.

By Evangelical, we mean that we emphasize the Gospel (the good news of salvation) through faith in Jesus Christ, as well as affirming other orthodox Christian doctrines and holding to the inerrancy of Scripture.

By Reformed, we mean that we are connected to the teachings of the historic church and the doctrinal beliefs recovered by the Reformation.  These doctrinal beliefs are expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms.  All officers of the Presbyterian Church in America must personally subscribe to and uphold the teachings of the Westminster Confession of Faith.

By Presbyterian, we describe our representative form of church government.  Local churches are governed by a "Session" of "presbyters" (elders), elected by the members of the congregation.  Representatives of local churches within a geographical area comprise a "presbytery."  Representatives of presbyteries meet annually at "General Assembly."  Thus, through the combined efforts and resources of all of the churches, we are enabled to advance God's Kingdom much more effectively.  The Committees and Agencies of the PCA help lead this Kingdom work.  

The Mission of the PCA is to glorify and enjoy God forever by equipping and enabling the churches of the PCA to work together to fulfill the Great Commission by making disciples of all nations, so that people will mature as servants of the triune God, will worship God in spirit and truth, and will have a reforming impact on culture.  We desire to take the message of Jesus Christ's atoning love on the cross to every nation so that God's elect will come to trust in Him alone for their salvation from sin.  We want to show compassion, render mercy, and love and serve people from every ethnic group, nation and socio-economic level.