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Denominations - Protestant

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

Bible Presbyterian church

Presbyterian/Reformed, Evangelical

Date Founded:  1937

Membership/Number of Clergy:  Not available.

Headquarters:  There are four presbyteries and one General Synod.  No headquarters is listed.

Schools & Seminaries:  Western Reformed Seminary

Publications: Fundamental Presbyterian Publications is an official agency of the Bible Presbyterian Church.  It concentrates on tracts, pamphlets, and bulletin inserts. 


Core Beliefs: 

  • We believe Reformed doctrine is historic Christianity in its emphasis upon the sovereignty of God and trustworthiness of the Bible. It was the compromise of the truths of Scripture in the early decades of the twentieth century that led to the formation of Bible Presbyterian Church. As theological liberalism moved into Presbyterian seminaries and out into the church, it became fashionable to question or reject fundamental tenets of Christianity such as the inspiration of the Bible, the virgin birth of and deity of Christ, His supernatural works, the atonement on the cross, and even His resurrection from the dead.We believe that God has raised up this denomination to take a faithful stand for the historic Christian faith and to be a light in the darkening days of compromise and apostasy.
  • The Bible Presbyterian Church adopted the Westminster Standards in its organizing synod held September 6-8, 1938. Year after year the BPC has reaffirmed its belief in the biblical doctrines of historic Christianity that are outlined in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms.
  • We are Bible Presbyterians because we believe the Bible is without error in its original text and the only divinely given and trustworthy rule of faith and practice. There are, of course, other denominations that believe the Bible, but we hold faithfulness to Christ and His Word as our primary emphasis.
  • The Bible Presbyterian Church is unique among American and European Reformed churches, We are free to walk under the Presbyterian principle that God is the Lord of the conscience, so our local congregations all have a flavor of their own in worship and ministry activities. The Scriptures provide our only regulations when it comes to worship. BP worship is marked by a vibrancy that comes from each communicant bringing his or her own offerings before the Lord with a full heart, within the bounds of the Word of God.

Short History:  Founded in 1937 during the height of the Modernist-Fundamentalist debate.  Originally part of the newly-formed Orthodox Presbyterian Church, the creation of the Bible Presbyterian Church was led by Dr. Carl McIntire.  The Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.'s refusal to take a stand against intoxicating beverages at its General Assembly in 1937 was one the issues which brought about the establishment of the Bible Presbyterian Synod.  The eschatological position of the Presbyterian Church of America which had become an amillennial church and had even attacked the premillennial view of Christ’s return was another of the reasons for the establishment of the Bible Presbyterian Synod.

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Local Churches:  There are 29 BPC churches in the US and Canada.  The closest one to Louisville: 

Grace Bible Presbyterian Church, 12060 Lebanon Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241

Church Locator: Searching must be done by regional Presbytery: