"P" is for Presbyterian Church in America

Feb 15, 2019

Credit SC Public Radio

"P" is for Presbyterian Church in America. The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) organized in 1973 when 215 churches withdrew from the Southern Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian Church, U.S. [PCUS]), charging that Southern Presbyterians “denied the inerrancy and authority of Scripture.” While large and historic congregations joined the PCA in other southern states, none did in South Carolina. No congregation in the lowcountry (Charleston Presbytery) joined. Nevertheless, during the ensuing years the PCA had substantial growth throughout the state fueled by a vigorous program of evangelism and by theological and social conservatism. The social web that connected South Carolina Presbyterians for generations was not broken by the formation of the PCA. Members of the Presbyterian Church in America have continued to support historic Presbyterian institutions in the state such as Presbyterian College and Presbyterian retirement homes.