The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) is the second largest
Presbyterian church body in the United States after the
Presbyterian Church (USA). The PCA has a strong commitment to
evangelism, missionary work, and
Christian education. From its inception, the church has determined its purpose to be "faithful to the Scriptures, true to the Reformed faith, and obedient to the Great Commission."
In December, 1973, delegates from 260 congregations that had left the Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS), gathered at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and organized the National Presbyterian Church, which became the Presbyterian
Church in America in 1974. According to PCA's official website, it "separated from the PCUS in opposition to the long-developing theological liberalism which denied the deity of
Jesus Christ and the
Inerrancy and authority of
In 1982, the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod, joined the Presbyterian Church in America. 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 has made a firm commitment to the Westminster Standards, namely the
Westminster Confession of Faith, the
Westminster Shorter Catechism, and the
Westminster Larger Catechism.
The denomination has its own college (Covenant College) and seminary (
Covenant Theological Seminary). It shares control of a publication company, Great Commission Publications, with its sister denomination, the
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and recently the PCA began publishing its own denominational magazine, byFaith.