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December 4

Presbyterian Church in America


On December 4, 1973, 112 years to the day after the formation of the PCCSA, the first General Assembly of the National Presbyterian Church (later to be changed to the Presbyterian Church in America) convened at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ruling Elder W. Jack Williamson was chosen as the first moderator, with Dr. Morton Smith elected as Stated Clerk. Agencies of the church that were established included Mission to the World, Mission to the United States, and Christian Education and Publications.

Get figures for attendance, size of denomination, number of presbyteries, etc.

The date of the founding of the PCA was chosen with a sense of history. Exactly 112 years to the day before the founding of the PCA, On December 4, 1861, commissioners from the Southern presbyteries that had renounced the jurisdiction of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. met at First Presbyterian Church of Augusta, Georgia, and constituted the first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the Confederate States of America.

In 1975, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and the PCA would agree to joint oversight of Great Commission Publications.

Picture: The First General Assembly of the PCA meeting at Briarwood Presbyterian Church.

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