On this day in Alabama history: Presbyterian Church in America was founded

On this day in Alabama history: Presbyterian Church in America was founded
John Knox administering the first Protestant sacrament. (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

December 3, 1973

The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) was founded in Birmingham. The PCA formed after 260 congregations from South Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama left the Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS) under the belief that theological liberalism had come to dominate the denomination. The PCA is a socially and theologically conservative denomination that traces its roots to political divisions in American Presbyterianism during the Civil War. It has grown to include more than 330,000 members and 1,400 congregations across the country, including more than 100 churches in Alabama. The state is also home to 10 of the 50 oldest PCA churches in the country.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

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