Our part of the organized body of Christ is known as the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America.
The "Reformed" in our name refers to our adherence to the biblical principles set down by the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. Our spiritual fathers include Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Knox.
"Presbyterian" refers to our form of church government. Each congregation is under the oversight of those elected as elders, who are also part of the higher courts known as presbyteries and Synod.
Reformed Presbyterians have also been referred to historically as Covenanters because of their identification with public covenanting in Scotland, beginning in the 16th century. This act was a protest for Christ's crown rights over the state and the recognition of Christ as King over the Church without interference from the government. Our roots also include those referred to as the Seceders, who share in the testimony for Christ's Crown and Covenant.
In 1743 the first Reformed Presbyterian congregation was organized in North America. In this continent, too, the Kingship of Christ has been maintained as a foundational principle of our denomination. Today, congregations reach all across North America. We also acknowledge sister churches of Reformed Presbyterians in Ireland, Scotland, and Australia.
Inerrancy of Scripture
Our beliefs all stem from a full commitment to the authority of the Bible as the inerrant, infallible Word of God.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
2 Timothy 3:16
This means that we believe in the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We acknowledge our total inability to save ourselves and, in faith, depend on Christ alone as our Savior. We acknowledge Him as Covenant Lord in every area of life, and we vow together to advance His Kingdom on earth.
We believe that God desires His Church to set forth clear statements of her system of doctrine that can be supported from Scripture. We therefore accept as our creed, or subordinate standards, The Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. In addition to these doctrinal statements, we adhere to the Testimony of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, which is our continuing application of God’s written word to the world and the church of today.
We believe that God’s Word clearly sets forth how He is to be worshiped. The reading and exposition of the Word of God are the central focus of our worship. Our musical praise employs God’s Word only, thus making use of the divinely inspired Book of Psalms of the Bible. In keeping with the New Testament Church’s directive for heart worship, we sing without the aid of musical instruments.
If you would like a copy of the subordinate standards of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, you may download our Constitution. The Constitution includes The Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms, the RPCNA Testimony, and other documents guiding our church government and practice.
This computer copy of the Constitution is provided free of charge in Adobe Acrobat format. We ask that you download it for personal use only. Should you desire to refer others on the web to this online Constitution, please link directly to this page. A printed copy of the Constitution in a 3-ring binder may be secured from Crown & Covenant Publications, the publishing ministry of the RPCNA. This Constitution is not to be printed, except for personal use, without written permission of the copyright holder, Crown & Covenant Publications.
The RPCNA has a rich history. Visit our denominational archive which houses physical and digital historical material. As history is God working out his great plan of redemption in time, we take it seriously. Read about our early history in W. M. Glasgow's History of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in America.