What Being Presbyterian Means
Presbyterian describes the way our church functions. Members elect women and men to serve as elders on Session - the church's ruling body. Power is in the hands of the people. Our name comes from the biblical Greek word for elder, presbuteros. We connect with other Presbyterian churches through similar power.
Affirming unity with all God's people, we trace our heritage through the Reformation in 16th century Europe, specifically Scotland. The earliest immigrants from Europe brought those principles and practices to our country.
Presbyterians have influenced much of our nation's history, including the American Revolution itself, the Civil War and Civil Rights. From the earliest reformers, through the contemporary church, Presbyterians have upheld freedom and responsibility: