What Is A Presbyterian?

What does it mean to be a Presbyterian? Presbyterians, first of all, are Christians. We believe in one God who revealed himself and his plans for us in the Bible and especially through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 2.57 million strong, we are an expression of Reformed Christianity, a part of the holy catholic church celebrated in the Apostles' Creed, a people whose roots go back to John Calvin at the time of the Reformation. We are distinctive in our Reformed theology and our 500-year-old form of government, combining the equal values of authority and freedom, order and passion. We Presbyterians worship and function in over 10,000 congregations nationwide, served by more than 12,000 active pastors (around a third of whom are women). Local congregations are connected to others in area-wide Presbyteries (172 in the U.S.), and Presbyteries unite in regional Synods (16 in the U.S.). All join together at the national level through the yearly General Assembly. For more information, visit the PCUSA website.