We are a church that believes that the Bible is relevant for life in every age. Therefore, the Bible is the basis for all of our beliefs. However, we are also a confessional church that believes in being connected in doctrine to the many Christians who for thousands of years have lived by the Bible. As a church that is Biblical and Confessional, we seek to not only affirm our beliefs but live them out in our community.
A full account of our beliefs is found in the Reformed Presbyterian Testimony which accompanies the Westminster Confession of Faith.
The Rochester Reformed Presbyterian Church, the first church plant of the St. Lawrence Presbytery in about a hundred years, began services as a mission station in 1976 after two years of Bible studies and meetings under the shepherding of the Syracuse Reformed Presbyterian Church.
It was organized as a full congregation of the RPCNA on Dec. 7, 1979.
The saints met for worship in homes, another church building, a hotel conference room, and two schools. This building was purchased in 2007.
The Lord's goodness and mercies have been abundant. He has sustained us and fed us and blessed us from small beginnings through difficult times and encouraging times, and to this happy day. Great is His faithfulness.
So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
The word “Reformed” points to the denomination’s historic roots in the Protestant Reformation, especially in Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Britain, marked by a strong belief in the absolute authority of Scripture and the sovereignty of God in every area of life.
The word “Presbyterian” points to the way by which the church is governed. Christ alone is head of the church, and as its head He has called ‘elders’ who are elected by the congregation to lead His church. Rochester Reformed Presbyterian Church has a ‘session’ that consists of four ruling elders and one teaching elder (pastor). These elders are then part of two larger ruling bodies called a Presbytery, and then a Synod. This provides for a system of government that has many checks and balances so that Jesus remains central and no single group or person holds sole authority.
Our congregation is part of a larger Christian community called the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA).
Rochester Reformed Presbyterian Church belongs to the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA).
Rochester RP Church is part of the St. Lawrence Presbytery, which includes congregations in upstate New York and Canada. For information about these churches, check out the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America website.
Rochester RP Church is one of a number of Reformed Presbyterian churches in the central and western New York area: