The “Reformed” in our name refers to our adherence to the biblical principles set down by the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. Our spiritual forefathers include Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Knox.
“Presbyterian” refers to our form of church government. Each congregation is under the oversight of a plurality of elders, who are also part of broader courts known as presbyteries and Synod.
Reformed Presbyterians trace their roots to Scotland and have also been referred to historically as Covenanters because of their identification with the covenanting church of Scotland. We have historically stood for Christ’s crown rights over the state and the recognition of Christ as King over the Church without interference from the government.
The first Reformed Presbyterian congregation was organized in North America in 1743. Since that time, the Kingship of Christ has been maintained as a foundational principle of our denomination. Today, congregations reach all across North America and Japan. We also acknowledge sister churches of Reformed Presbyterians in Ireland, Scotland, and Australia.