Our Denomination

                                                191st RPCNA Synod (June 2023)

Since our congregation was officially organized in 1834 — the same year in which Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the “prince of preachers” was born — we have been happily affiliated with the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA).

WHAT IS “REFORMED”? — We are “Reformed” in that we adhere to the principles of doctrine and worship set forth in the inspired and inerrant Word of God, the only supreme and infallible rule of faith and life.

Our understanding of Scripture is summarized in the various doctrinal summaries that we have adopted as “agreeable unto and founded upon” the Scriptures. Among these are The Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms.

WHAT IS “PRESBYTERIAN”? — We are “Presbyterian” in our form of church government. In keeping with Scripture, each RPCNA congregation elects its own ministers and ruling elders to oversee them in the Lord. These local elders then participate in higher courts of appeal called presbyteries, which are responsible for training and ordaining ministers. Each year, our presbyteries unite together to form a synod, which is our broadest and highest court of the church.

bannerWHAT IS A “COVENANTER”? — As Reformed Presbyterians, we have historically been known as “Covenanters.” This is because of our conviction that Scripture calls individuals, churches, and nations to express their faith, obedience, and loyalty to the Triune God, through Jesus Christ, by way of covenant (Ps. 2:10-12; Jer. 50:5; Rom. 10:9-10).

WHAT ABOUT NORTH AMERICA? — The RPCNA presently has 96 congregations, organized into seven Presbyteries (including one in Japan), with a total membership of around 7,000, and a global missionary presence in more than a half dozen countries around the world. Domestically, we hold membership in the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council. Internationally, we are part of the RP Global Alliance.