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About Our Denomination…

“The Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) was founded on June 11, 1936, in the aftermath of the fundamentalist-modernist controversy that in 1929 had seen a group of professions at Princeton Theological Seminary, led by J. Gresham Machen, leave that seminary to establish Westminster Theological Seminary.

“Paramount among the reasons for that action was the conviction of Machen and his colleagues that Princeton and the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (PCUSA), of which Princeton was the leading seminary, had departed from historic Christianity. The particular matters at issue were their adoption of a weak view of the authority of Scripture and rejection of significant doctrines such as the virgin birth of Christ and the substitutionary atonement. The seven years between 1929 and 1936 saw increasing friction between the majority in the Presbyterian church and the minority led by Machen, with the result being the foundation of a new denomination.”[1] 

The OPC is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  It has a presence in nearly every state with additional churches in Canada.  Our church is part of the Michigan-Ontario Presbytery which includes twenty six churches spread over Michigan, northern Indiana, and southern Ontario. 

Prominent people associated with the OPC include Carl Trueman, D.G. Hart, David VanDrunen, J.V. Fesko,  and Richard Gaffin.

For more information on the Orthodox Presbyterian Church visit http://www.opc.org/

[1] Dictionary of the Presbyterian and Reformed Tradition in America.  D.G. Hart general editor.  Mark A. Noll consulting editor.  InterVarsity Press, 1999. Page 183-184.


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