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 400 year old form of government, combining the equal values of authority and freedom, order, and passion.
We Presbyterians worship and function in over 11,000 congregations nationwide, served by more than 17,000 active pastors (around a quarter of whom are women), and over 100,000 elders. Local congregations are connected to others in area-wide presbyteries (173 in the U.S.), and presbyteries unite in regional synods (16 in the U.S.), all of whom join together at the national level through the yearly General Assembly.
River Road Presbyterian Church, with approximately 650 members, has a Session (board of elders) consisting of 18 lay men and women elders who govern our church.
In addition, our Board of Trustees are responsible for the finances and property of the church. A Board of Deacons carries out the ministry of lay pastoral care to the congregation.
We also have a Senior Pastor, an Intern Assistant Minister, and a staff of many other professionals and volunteers who work in ministry to children, youth and adults, music ministries, and outreach ministries.
Great Ends of the Church
As outlined in the Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
The proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind
The shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God
The maintenance of divine worship
The preservation of the truth
The promotion of social righteousness
The exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world