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Denominations - Protestant

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

About the Presbyterian Church in America

Date Founded:  Constituted in 1973 as the National Presbyterian Church.  Changed name in 1974 to Presbyterian Church in America.

Members/Number of Clergy:  341,482/3,760 as of 2010

Headquarters:  1700 North Brown Road, Suite 105, Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Schools & SeminariesCovenant College and Covenant Seminary

PublicationsbyFaith Magazine  Since 1975 the PCA has jointly owned Great Commission Publications (GCP) with the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.


Core Beliefs: Sola scriptura, the total depravity of man, unconditional election by the grace of God, particular atonement, the irresistible grace of God, and the perseverance of the saints.  To read position papers on individual issues go to

Short History:  260 conservative congregations with 41,000 members split off from the Presbyterian Church in the United States over doctrinal issues including the position of women in the church.  PCA churches felt the PCUS was growing too liberal. In 1982, the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod, joined the PCA. The Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod, had been formed in 1965 by a merger of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America, General Synod.  The PCA and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church explored merger in 1987, but the OPC determined that the PCA was too lax in its interpretation of the Westminster Standards.  At this point a number of OPC churches aligned with the PCA.

Local Churches: There are two PCA churches in Louisville:  Community Presbyterian Church, 13902 Factory Lane Louisville, KY 40245, and Redeemer Presbyterian Church (meeting at the Hotel Louisville) 120 W. Broadway Louisville, KY 40202.    The PCA church finder is at

Presbyterian Church in American Symbol

Logo of the Presbyterian Church in America