Presbyterians are part of the Reformed Tradition, meaning that our theological ancestors were part of the Swiss and then Scottish Reformations in the mid-1500s. Some of the names you might hear when we talk about that history include John Calvin and John Knox. Most of the time, though, we talk about grace, about God's providing power, and about the love of Christ. We also live into our long and rich heritage as people who DO--throughout history Presbyterians have built schools and hospitals, worked for justice and peace, and been on the forefront of both meeting immediate needs and building a society where fewer people are in need. You may have seen some of that work through, for example, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, or other similar mission work.
Presbyterians are a "connectional church"--meaning that each congregation is a part of a larger regional gathering called a Presbytery, and each Presbytery is part of a larger regional gathering called a Synod, and the nationwide body of Presbyterians is called the General Assembly. We are part of the Presbytery of Chicago and the Synod of Lincoln Trails. Learn more about the PC(USA) here at Presbyterians 101!
Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.
God comes to us in free and undeserved favor in the person of Jesus Christ who lived, died, and rose for us that we might belong to God and serve Christ in the world. Following Jesus, Presbyterians are engaged in the world and in seeking thoughtful solutions to the challenges of our time.
Presbyterians affirm that God comes to us with grace and love in the person of Jesus Christ, who lived, died, and rose for us so that we might have eternal and abundant life in him. As Christ’s disciples, called to ministry in his name, we seek to continue his mission of teaching the truth, feeding the hungry, healing the broken, and welcoming strangers. God sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, giving us the energy, intelligence, imagination, and love to be Christ’s faithful disciples in the world.