West Lafayette, Indiana - United States
Covenant Presbyterian Church was planted in West Lafayette, IN in 1958. At its inception it was affiliated with the United Presbyterian Church (USA), which later merged with another Presbyterian denomination to become the Presbyterian Church (USA). As an evangelical congregation within a mainline denomination, we found ourselves increasingly concerned with the denomination’s directions and its theological convictions. Following a two-year long discernment process, on the basis of both calling and conscience, Covenant voted in 2008 to seek dismissal from the PC(USA). Shortening our name to Covenant Church, we joined the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, a denomination with which we find ourselves “one in spirit and in purpose” (Philippians 2.2).
While we are Presbyterian in our form of church governance and Reformed in our theological leanings, Covenant is foremost an Evangelical congregation, standing unwaveringly on the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the final authority of the Bible in all spiritual matters. On these convictions we stake our life as a church. Other theological issues, while not unimportant, are of secondary importance, and we desire to hold these in a posture of theological modesty. The Evangelical Presbyterian Church expresses a posture very similar to ours when it says in its motto: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”