Within the larger Christian family, Presbyterians are part of the Reformed tradition that emerged during the Protestant Reformation under the teaching of John Calvin. Our name “Presbyterian” comes from the Greek word “presbyters” which means “elders.” It describes the way our people elect councils of elders to lead the church.
Theologically, our tradition emphasizes fidelity to the Bible and the sovereignty of God. We take a humble view of human nature—it is not our righteousness that makes God love, but God’s love that makes us righteous. Our lived journey of salvation is an expression of gratitude for what God has already accomplished through Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection.