What is Presbyterianism?
The word presbyterian means the church is ruled by presbyters or elders. Our church has three groups of offices: pastors (teaching elders), ruling elders, and deacons.
Pastors (teaching elders) feed the flock by reading, expounding, and preaching the Word of God and administering the Sacraments.
Ruling elders watch diligently over the doctrine and morals of the flock. They exercise government and discipline. They pray with and for the people, being careful and diligent in seeking the fruit of the preached Word among the flock.
Deacons do not rule but serve. They minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the poor, and to any who may be in distress. They encourage the grace of generosity in the members of the church and manage the finances of the church. They also care for the property of the congregation.
What does it mean to be Reformed?
Our historical roots extend to the central beliefs that characterized the Protestant Reformation. These commitments can be summarized in three basic doctrines: Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, and Sola Fide.
Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) expresses our strong commitment to the unquestionable authority of the Bible.
Sola Gratia (Grace Alone) declares the Reformers' belief that the entirety of salvation is God's gracious gift through Christ.
Sola Fide (Faith Alone) teaches that justification before God is a one-time event that takes place through faith alone.
We call ourselves Reformed because we affirm the theology that grew out of the Reformation. The contours of this body of doctrine are conveniently outlined in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms.
Presbyterian Church in America
Our church is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The PCA was organized at a constitutional assembly in December 1973. It separated from the Presbyterian Church in the United States (Southern) in opposition to the long-developing theological liberalism which denied the deity of Jesus Christ and the inerrancy and authority of Scripture.
Every member of a PCA church must agree to these two doctrinal questions: Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in the sight of God, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope save in His sovereign mercy? Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and rest upon Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the Gospel?
Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes the followers of Christ?
Do you promise to support the Church in its worship and work to the best of your ability?
Do you submit yourself to the government and discipline of the Church, and promise to study its purity and peace?