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Denominations - Protestant

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

About the Free Presbyterian Church

Date Founded:  1951 in Northern Ireland.  North American Presbytery founded in 2004.

Membership/Number of Clergy: Not available

Headquarters: Seems to be based where the moderator works.

Schools & Seminaries:  Geneva Reformed Seminary  An interesting fact it that all faculty members have at least one degree from Bob Jones University.

Publications:  The Prayer Bulletin and Current magazine.  There is a daily devotional at http://www.fpcna.org/fpcna_daily.asp

Website:  http://www.fpcna.org/

Core Beliefs: The FPCNA whole-heartedly endorses the five great solas of the Reformation:

  • Sola Scriptura—The Scriptures alone for matters of faith and practice
  • Sola Fide—justification by faith alone
  • Sola Gratia—by grace alone
  • Solo Christo—in Christ alone
  • Soli Deo Gloria—all to the glory of God alone

The FPCNA places great emphasis on evangelism and prayer, but is anti-ecumenism.  They describe their theology as "evangelically warm as it is biblically orthodox."  The King James Bible in used in all the churches.  FPCNA churches do use music during worship, but refuse to use contemporary Christian music or any secular music.  The church does not ordain women to ministry and requires that women cover their heads during public worship.  Men are forbidden to cover their heads during worship.  See http://www.fpcna.org/fpcna_about_sep.asp?chapter=sep_faith for their statement of faith.

Short History:  Founded by the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster (Northern Ireland) after a dispute between some local church elders and their presbytery.  The church is not affiliated with any major Presbyterian denomination and is not a member of the World Council of Reformed Churches or any ecumenical body.

Local Churches:  Twelve churches in the United States and nine in Canada.  Closest church to Louisville is Indianapolis Free Presbyterian Church, 1702 South Franklin Road, Indianapolis, IN 46239.  There is a church finder at http://www.fpcna.org/fpcna_churches.asp.  You can also listen to the last few sermons from each church when you go to the individual church page.

Free Presbyterian Church Symbol

Logo of tree above latin motto