Presbyterian Church in America
(a brief history)

The Presbyterian Church in America has a strong commitment to evangelism, missionary work at home and abroad, and to Christian education.  From its inception, the church has determined its purpose to be “faithful to the Scriptures, true to the reformed faith, and obedient to the Great Commission.”

Organized at a constitutional assembly in December 1973, this church was first known as the National Presbyterian Church but changed its name in 1974 to Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).  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.  Today, the PCA is one of the faster growing denominations in the United States, with over 1,450 churches and mission throughout the USA and Canada an over 350,000 communicant and non-communicant members.

Headquarters for the PCA is Lawrenceville, GA, where most of the ministries of the denomination are coordinated.  These ministries are carried on by four program committees:  Mission to the World, Mission to North America, Christian Education and Publication, Reformed University Ministries; and one service committee, the Administrative Committee, responsible for the administration of the General Assembly.  Additionally, there are five agencies which also minister to the denomination:  PCA Foundation, the Insurance and Annuities and Relief Board, (both located in Lawrenceville), Ridge Haven, (the PCA conference center located close to Rosman, North Carolina), Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, and Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, (the national educational institutions of the PCA).

In the Presbyterian Church, we believe that the Bible, which is our infallible and divine authority in all matters of faith and life, is the written Word of God.  We believe in the Trinity – the Father, the son (Jesus Christ, who died and rose again for the forgiveness of our sins), and the Holy Spirit, who gives Christians strength and wisdom to walk daily according to God’s word. *

To find out more about the Presbyterian Church in America, please visit the official website at

* Note:  Portions of this information was provided by the Committee for Christian Education and Publications of the Presbyterian Church in America.