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About ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians

Date Founded:  2012

Membership/Number of Clergy:  136 congregations/224 clergy

Headquarters:  5638 Hollister Ave. Suite #130, Goleta, CA 93117

Website:  http://eco-pres.org/

Social Media:  Blog

Core Beliefs: 

  • "We by recognizing and receiving His authoritative self revelation, both in the infallible Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and also in the incarnation of God the Son."
  • "With Christians everywhere, we worship the only true God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – who is both one essence and three persons."
  • "Jesus Christ is both truly God and truly human."
  • "The divinity of the Son is in no way impaired, limited, or changed by His gracious act of assuming a human nature, and that His true humanity is in no way undermined by His continued divinity."
  • "The present disordered state of the world, in which we and all things are subject to misery and to evil, is not God’s doing, but is rather a result of humanity’s free, sinful rebellion against God’s will."
  • "In union with Christ through the power of the Spirit we are brought into right relation with the Father, who receives us as His adopted children. Jesus Christ is the only Way to this adoption, the sole path by which sinners become children of God."
  • "Having lost true freedom of will in the fall, we are incapable of turning toward God of our own volition. God chooses us for Himself in grace before the foundation of the world, not because of any merit on our part, but only because of His love and mercy."

Taken from the Essential Tenets.  See http://eco-pres.org/theology/essential-tenets/ for more detailed information.

Short History:  ECO grew out of the Fellowship of Presbyterians, a ministry organization for PC(USA) and other Presbyterian pastors which was formed in 2011.  Most ECO churches and clergy left the PC(USA).  ECO's mission is to build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.  Church planting is a focus for this denomination.  Open to the pastoral leadership of men, women, and all ethnicities.

Local Churches:  The closest church to Louisville is College Hill Presbyterian Church, 5742 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45224.  The church locator is at http://eco-pres.org/membership/eco-members/.

ECO Symbol

ECO church symbol