The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) was formed to be a denomination that is "Faithful to the Scriptures, True to the Reformed Faith, and Obedient to the Great Commission." We celebrated her 50th anniversary in 2023.
The PCA is an Evangelical and Reformed Presbyterian denomination. By Evangelical, we mean:
that we emphasize the gospel (the good news of salvation) through faith in Jesus Christ,
that we affirm other orthodox Christian doctrines (as expressed in the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed, and the Chalcedonian Definition), and that we affirm the inspiration and authority of the Holy Scriptures, which are God’s special revelation to mankind.
By Reformed, we mean that we enthusiastically receive and adopt the teachings of the historic church and the doctrinal beliefs recovered by the Reformation. These doctrinal beliefs are expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith with its Larger and Shorter Catechisms. All officers of the Presbyterian Church in America must personally subscribe to and uphold the teachings of the Westminster Standards.
By Presbyterian, we describe our representative form of church government. Local churches are governed by a “Session” of “presbyters” (elders), each of whom has been elected by the members of the congregation. Representatives of local churches within a geographical area compose a presbytery. Representatives of those presbyteries meet annually at our denominational General Assembly.
Thus, through the combined efforts and resources of all of the churches, we are enabled to advance God’s Kingdom much more effectively. The Committees and Agencies of the PCA help lead this Kingdom work.