About the Reformed Presbyterian Church

Our church is part of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America.

We are Christians: we believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the crucified and risen Lord. We believe that God calls all men to receive his free gift of salvation through faith, repentance of sin, and receiving the sign of baptism. As Reformed Christians, we emphasize the holiness of God and his authority over every part of faith and life. 

As Presbyterians, our church is cared for by a board of pastors and elders, not just one man, and overseen by pastors and elders from our region and internationally (our Presbytery and Synod). What this means is that if there’s a dispute in our church, we can get help from outside in dealing with it. It also means that we don’t make all of our own rules, or decide on our own guidelines for teaching. Our doctrines and standards for conduct and church order are primarily found in the 1648 Westminster Confession and Catechisms. 

The history and character of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, known early on as the Scottish Covenanters, are somewhat unique. Since the late 1600s we have been staunch (sometimes combative!) in maintaining that Jesus Christ alone has ultimate authority over his people and over the nations of the earth. 

We are willing to pay a real price for loyalty to Christ. Many of our spiritual ancestors died for their faith. We have a strong history of international missions. We do not have celebrity pastors; for a significant part of our history we didn’t have any pastors. Our people became tough: meeting for prayer and Bible study in gatherings called Societies, sometimes waiting years for a traveling pastor to administer baptism and the Lord’s Supper. 

While Reformed Presbyterians in America appreciated the freedom and opportunity of their new land, they believed that two terrible wrongs were enshrined in the Constitution: the enslavement of Africans and the refusal to acknowledge Jesus Christ and his rule over the nations. From early on, Covenanters opposed slavery and all forms of oppression, including the injustices done to Native Americans. According to historian Joseph S. Moore, they publicly opposed slavery even before the Quakers, serving as conductors on the Underground Railroad (often armed) and later fighting in the Civil War. 

We don’t believe that our forebears were perfect. Some of their ways of applying good doctrine we might reject today. But we do treasure what they gave us: a costly discipleship, strong bonds of friendship in the faith, a hatred for tyranny, and above all a fierce loyalty to the Lord Jesus Christ. 

We want to be a community of faith marked by these same values: a people of courage and faithfulness.