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Denominations - Protestant

Short profiles of selected Christian denominations in the U.S.

Presbyterian Church U.S.A.

Presbyterian/Reformed, Mainline Protestant

Founded: 1983

Congregations: 2,675,873 Clergy: 21,161 Congregations: 10,560

Seminaries: PC USA has 12 seminaries in the United States. See the listing at

Publications: Presbyterians Today, Horizons, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, Westminster John Knox


Core Values: Some of the principles articulated by John Calvin are still at the core of Presbyterian beliefs. Among these are the sovereignty of God, the authority of Scripture, justification by grace through faith and the priesthood of all believers. What these tenets mean is that God is the supreme authority throughout the universe. Our knowledge of God and God’s purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed in the New Testament through the life of Jesus Christ. Our salvation (justification) through Jesus is God’s generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments. It is everyone’s job — ministers and lay people alike — to share this Good News with the whole world. That is also why the Presbyterian church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike. For details regarding PCUSA's values, go to

Short History The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the largest of several Presbyterian churches in North America, and was founded in 1983 as a merger of the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America and the Presbyterian Church in the United States.For a detailed history, go to:

Local Churches near the LPTS campus:

Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church,142 Crescent Ave,Louisville, KY 40206

Strathmoor Presbyterian Church, 2201 Hawthorne Ave, Louisville, KY 40205

Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church,1722 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205-1262

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