Presbyterians are a community of mainline, protestant churches that began during the Reformation in the 1600’s. Some would say Presbyterianism began with the original disciples of Jesus as the first elders of the church. In the New Testament, the Greek word for elder is “Presbyteros.” Being Presbyterian refers to the custom of choosing leaders and advisors from among the wisest members of the church. These elders are always to vote their consciences as the Holy Spirit leads them rather than to be merely representatives of the members of the church.
Presbyterians have their roots in Reformed Theology which grew out the Reformation with Martin Luther, John Calvin and Huldrych Zwingli. In addition to the Bible, we are also guided by our church’s constitution which consists of our Book of Order and Our Book of Confessions. The Book of Order outlines how we are to proceed with many practical types of items ~ such as how to hold meetings and to direct worship services. The Book of Confessions consists of eleven different creeds that we affirm including The Nicene Creed, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Westminster Confession of Faith.
We are a proud member of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. http://www.pcusa.org