What is a "Presbyterian?"

About Presbyterians

Presbyterians are Christians who trace our roots to the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century.  We are part of the larger Reformed tradition, and our forefathers John Calvin and John Knox emphasized the beliefs that still identify us 500 years later!

 

The Word "Presbyterian" comes from the Greek New Testament word meaning "elder."  In Presbyterian churches, spiritual leadership and oversight of the congregation is entrusted to elders.  Ruling Elders are laypeople who have been elected by the congregation to work alongside the minister in providing for the worship, growth, nurture and outreach of the congregation.  All active members are eligible to be considered for the office of Ruling Elder.

 

Teaching Elders (also called Ministers of Word and Sacrament) attend seminary and are trained to carry out the responsibilities of preaching the Word and leading in the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper.  The Teaching Elder along with the Ruling Elders who are currently in service make up the church's governing board, which is called the "Session."

 

Local Presbyterian congregations are connected to other Presbyterian congregations through a series of higher governing bodies called presbyteries, synods and the General Assembly.

 

 

If you would like to learn more about the Presbyterian Church and our beliefs, we invite you to join us as we worship, study and fellowship together!