FROM THE STATED CLERK
Grace and peace to you in the name of our risen Savior, Jesus Christ, and welcome to the website of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). As our name implies, we are evangelical; we have a love and passion for Christ and celebrate what He has accomplished for us at the Cross. We are a Presbyterian family of churches; spiritually mature elders connected together locally, regionally, and nationally is a biblical way to organize ourselves. We also are a confessional family of churches, embracing the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms. Our “Essentials of the Faith” is taken from the Westminster Confession. Finally, we are committed to becoming a missional family of churches as we serve others for Christ in the 21st century.
Our Vision Statement reflects all of these aspects of who we are: “To the glory of God, the EPC family aspires to embody and proclaim Jesus’ love as a global movement of congregations engaged together in God’s mission through transformation, multiplication, and effective biblical leadership.” This statement is the foundation for the four emphases on which we are focusing our ministry efforts as a denomination—what we call our Strategic Priorities:
1. Promote and resource transformation, with a primary focus on church revitalization.
2. Promote and resource multiplication, with a primary focus on church planting.
3. Create a structure suitable for a global movement.
4. Create a leadership development culture.
As we continue to identify the most effective ways to achieve these goals, we stand firm in our commitment to the Presbyterian system of “connection” as described in the Bible. Through Jesus Christ, we are connected to one another in His body—the church. Yet one of our challenges is our ability to stay connected to each another in a meaningful way. In our presbytery and General Assembly meetings, we’re committed to getting better connected. This website is another attempt to build the connection we believe Christ richly desires for us. I hope you will find it to be a useful source of valuable information.
Rev. Dr. D. Dean Weaver