Presbyterianism is a part of the Reformation movement that began with Martin Luther and continued with John Calvin. John Knox, a Scottish Protestant who studied with Calvin, brought Presbyterianism to Scotland. Presbyterians played a large part in the founding of the United States and the writing of the Constitution. The first presbytery in the U.S. was established in Philadelphia in 1706. During the Civil War era, the church split into a northern and southern branch. The two reunited in 1983 to form the Presbyterian Church USA.


Presbyterians affirm that God comes to us with grace and love in the person of Jesus Christ, who lived, died, and rose for us so that we might have eternal and abundant life in him. As Christ’s disciples, called to ministry in his name, we seek to continue his mission of teaching the truth, feeding the hungry, healing the broken and welcoming strangers. The Bible is God’s word to us and is the authority for life and practice. God sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, giving us the energy, intelligence, imagination, and love to be Christ’s faithful disciples in the world.

More than two million people call the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) their spiritual home. Worshiping in 10,000 Presbyterian congregations throughout the United States, they engage the communities in which they live and serve with God’s love.


To find out more about this dynamic and thriving denomination, come to the PCUSA main

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