What is the OPC?

What Is the Orthodox Presbyterian Church?


Many people today are looking for a church that is true to the Word of God. The search is complicated, however, because of the wide variety of churches to be found in most communities. Some local churches are faithful to God's Word, but many are not. Some think they are following the Bible, but have fallen into serious error.

Other people belong to a local church that is faithful to the Bible, yet their denomination is drifting away from it. Such congregations or groups within them may be looking to unite with a denomination that remains faithful to the Scriptures.

If you are looking for a local church or a denomination that confesses the Bible to be the Word of God, and has made it her authority for faith and life, we invite you to find out more about the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC).

In the following, we will tell you

  • where we came from (our history),
  • where we are today (our doctrine and characteristics), and
  • where we are going (our ministries)

The Orthodox Presbyterian Church is steadfastly committed to promoting the glory of God. She has seen his hand guide, protect, and even reprove her during the short sixty-five-plus years of her existence. She was born out of persecution for the sake of the gospel, nurtured in adversity, and strengthened as she sought to fulfill her Master's call. She strives to keeps her eyes fixed on Christ Jesus, her Savior and Lord. By the strength of his Spirit, she endeavors to live righteously in full obedience to his Word, her only rule for faith and life.

Part I: Where We Came From

Part II: Where we are today

Part III: Where we are going

Our churches are enthusiastic about spreading the good news of God's salvation locally and around the world. As a denomination, we carry out our mission for worldwide outreach through three ministry committees of the General Assembly: the Committee on Foreign Missions, the Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension, and the Committee on Christian Education.

The work of each committee is administered by a general secretary and a small staff, with offices located in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. (For more information, see appendix 1.)

These ministries are supported by the generous gifts of God's people within and outside the OPC. Under a unified plan of giving called Worldwide Outreach, undesignated gifts are divided among the committees on a percentage basis set by the General Assembly. Gifts may also be designated for individual committees or special purposes.

Other denominational work is carried out through other committees of the General Assembly, including the Committee on Diaconal Ministries and the Committee on Ecumenicity and Interchurch Relations.


The work of the five major standing committees is outlined below.


We thank you for your interest in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and hope that as you have read our testimony to God's grace, love, and mercy in these pages, you may praise him for his wonderful goodness to his people. If you are interested in learning more about the OPC or uniting with us, the appendixes that follow will provide you with helpful information.

Although we strive, with God's help, to be faithful to his Word, both in what we teach and in what we do, we are well aware that we fall short of all that Christ, our Head and King, requires of those who bear his name. We struggle with sin and weakness in our life and our ministry as a church. Our only hope, our only confidence, our only peace is in him who, by his perfect obedience and sacrifice of himself, purchased an everlasting inheritance in the kingdom of heaven for all those the Father has given to him. Our joy is in doing what pleases him in humble obedience to the whole counsel of his holy Word.

To God be the glory!

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