About Presbyterians


Get to Know the Presbyterian Church (USA)

The Presbyterian Church originates all the way back in the Protestant Reformation and leaders such as John Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli, and John Knox inspired people across Europe to found new churches. Presbyterianism quickly spread beyond Europe and particularly when Scots and Irish began to emigrate to North America, they took their faith with them and planted churches all across the continent. The Presbyterian Church has had a profound impact on the formation of our country and on many policies and procedures adopted by our new nation in the 18th century. More importantly, Presbyterians have shared their faith and their way in our society and well beyond ever since. We are a people who place a high emphasis on God's Word and we understand that through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.

We believe 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. We do not fear education and seek to integrate what new in constantly being learned in this day and age with our historic faith.

We do not believe that our way is the only way to follow Jesus. This is true locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. We believe we are a connectional church, connected first to other Presbyterian churches but ultimately to every church that confesses Jesus Christ as Lord. We aim to work with our fellow Christians around the world for the Kingdom of God.

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.