Our Denomination

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 denomination in that we proclaim the Gospel of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. The word “evangelical” comes from the Greek word meaning “good news.” We desire all people to trust in the saving work of Jesus and enjoy eternal life in Him.

The PCA is a reformed denomination in that we believe in the biblical truth proclaimed during the Protestant Reformation. The Word of God, rather than tradition, is the only guide for the Church. God alone saves through His immeasurable mercy and according to His sovereign plan. We believe the system of doctrine taught in the Bible is summarized well in the Westminster Confession of Faith with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms.

The PCA is a Presbyterian denomination in that we have a representative form of church government. A local church is governed by a “Session” comprised of elders (i.e., “presbyters”) elected by the members of the congregation. Pastors and representatives of local churches in a region form a “Presbytery.” Representatives of Presbyteries and local churches meet annually at a “General Assembly.”

The General Assembly Committees and Agencies help local churches combine their efforts and resources to advance God’s Kingdom more effectively.

PCA Facts

Bible-believing Presbyterians formed the PCA in 1973, with 260 congregations and 41,000 members.

We now have over 1,700 churches and more than 346,000 members in the United States and Canada, with at least 70 Presbyteries.

  • The PCA is one of the fastest-growing Presbyterian denominations in North America, and is among the fastest growing of all Christian denominations.
  • The PCA has over 650 long-term missionaries, 430 short-term workers and 5,400 two-week workers serving worldwide.
  • The PCA has over 150 chaplains in all branches of the armed services.
  • The PCA has placed campus ministers on more than 100 college and university campuses all across America.
  • The PCA maintains two camp, conference, and retreat centers. One is Ridge Haven, a 902-acre camp and conference center in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, and the other is Ridge Haven Cono in the prairie of Walker, Iowa.
  • The PCA has provided college education at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA since 1955 and seminary education through its theological seminary in St. Louis, MO since 1956.

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