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For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body,
though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.”
1 Corinthians 12: 12

First Presbyterian Church of Easton is a member church of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a national denomination.  We are a connected body, rather than individual parts.

“The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is distinctly a confessional and a connectional church, distinguished by the representation of elders . . . in its government. The church has a membership of 2.3 million in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Currently there are nearly 11 thousand congregations, more than 21,000 ordained ministers, 1,100 candidates for ministry and more than 94,000 elders.

Presbyterians are distinctive in two major ways. They adhere to a pattern of religious thought known as Reformed theology and a form of government that stresses the active, representational leadership of both ministers and church members.” (Presbyterian Distinctives)

For more information on what we believe, check out Presbyterian 101.

Form of Government

In the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), we have a bottom-up style of government; there is no separate council on high that makes decisions on behalf of the church.  Each form of our government is made up of members of our denomination.  At the local level, members elect Elders to serve on Session and govern the individual church.  Next, we have the Presbytery, which is made up of elders and pastors commissioned from congregations within a local district.  First Presbyterian Church of Easton is a member of Lehigh Presbytery.  Commissioners from multiple Presbyteries make up the Synod.  Lehigh Presbytery is part of the The Synod of the Trinity.  Finally, the entire denomination comes together to form the General Assembly, a body of elders and pastors that meets every two years.

Our denomination is currently led by Co-Moderators Rev. Denise Anderson and Rev. Jan Edmiston.  This was a historic moment for the denomination as it is the first moderatorial team of two women as well as the first team of co-moderators (as opposed to a moderator and vice moderator).  For more information on this groundbreaking election, check out this article from the Presbyterian Outlook.

Co-Moderator Blogs

SOULa Scriptura by Rev. T. Denise Anderson
A Church for Starving Artists by Rev. Jan Edmiston

Additional Resources

The Presbyterian Outlook
Presbyterians  Today
Christian Century
Horizons