The Presbyterian Church (USA) traces its roots to the earliest years of pre-colonial settlements, with faithful servants coming from across Europe, and particularly from Scotland and England. Presbyterians have served in many capacities throughout our nation's history, including the formation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution (the only clergy-person to sign the Constitution was Presbyterian!). Presbyterians organize through a representative system, with congregations electing their officers (deacons and elders) and, with the Presbytery, calling their pastors. These officers then elect representatives among themselves for service at the Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly levels of the denomination.
A keystone of Presbyterian faith is the recognition of, and our joyful response to, God's grace.
God comes to us in free and undeserved favor in the person of Jesus Christ who lived, died, and rose for us that we might belong to God and serve Christ in the world. Following Jesus, Presbyterians are engaged in the world and in seeking thoughtful solutions to the challenges of our time.
As Christ’s disciples, called to ministry in his name, we seek to continue his mission of teaching the truth, feeding the hungry, healing the broken, and welcoming strangers. God sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, giving us the energy, intelligence, imagination, and love to be Christ’s faithful disciples in the world.
More than two million people call the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) their spiritual home. Worshiping in 10,000 Presbyterian congregations throughout the United States, they engage the communities in which they live and serve with God’s love.
To find out more about this dynamic and thriving denomination, come to the PCUSA main website.