Doctrine: What We Believe

This baptismal creed from the early church (first few centuries) summarizes the faith of the whole church.

I believe in God the Father almighty; and in Christ Jesus His only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, who under Pontius Pilate was crucified and buried, on the third day rose again from the dead, ascended to heaven, sits at the right hand of the Father, whence He will come to judge the living and the dead; and in the Holy Spirit, the holy Church, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body.

What does Reformed mean?

We affirm with the Protestant Reformation these truths.

  • Scripture Alone: The holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the Word of God, the only rule of faith and obedience.

  • Grace Alone: Salvation is God's gracious gift through Christ. 

  • Faith Alone: Justification before God is a one-time event that takes place through faith in Jesus. 

A summary of our doctrine is outlined in the Westminster Confession of Faith.

What does Presbyterian mean?

The word presbyterian means the church is "ruled by elders." We have three kinds of officers.

  • Teaching Elders (Pastors) preach the Word of God, baptize, and give the Lord's supper to the church.

  • Ruling Elders (with the Teaching Elders) rule the church. They help people understand and obey God's word.

  • Deacons serve the needy. They also manage the money of the church and care for the property.

What is our denomination?

Our denomination is the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).