Welcome to John Calvin Presbyterian!
We are a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A..). Presbyterians trace their history to the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. The Reformation spread from Germany to Switzerland. Our namesake John Calvin, a French law student, pastored a Reformed church in Geneva. A Biblical teacher and organizer, Calvin’s teaching and writing crystallized the Presbyterian movement. His contributions to the Reformation include:
- Education – Calvin believed everyone should be educated so that everyone could read the Bible and hear God’s voice for themselves. As a result Geneva spawned the first public schools.
- Presbytery – The word “Presbyterian” comes from the New Testament Greek word, presbuteros, meaning “elder.” Calvin believed that the church should be governed by the people and the leaders they elect, not by a pope and his appointed hierarchy. He built in checks and balances to power so that the church would not be dominated a few. So Presbyterian churches are run by the member-elected elders.
Presbyterians hold to a pattern of religious thought known as Reformed theology. We are a confessional church, valuing the understanding of Scripture of those who have come before us. Presbyterians hold to a form of government that stresses the active, representational leadership of both ministers and church members. We are a connectional church, valuing the connections between us all as members of God’s family. That connection to each other as a family of faith, to God and to our community is what makes us stronger together than we are apart.
As Christians in the Reformed tradition, we strive to love God with our whole heart, mind, and soul and to love our neighbor as ourselves. A faithful community here in Florence, South Carolina this, being called to work together, to keep this integrity as individuals to form a diligent, healthy and self-aware community that God is using to do amazing things. We believe that is what God intends for our lives.
Thank you for visiting us here and we hope you will join us in person!
Together our prayers, worship and faith are GREATER!