Our History


Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)

The birth date of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) is December 4, 1973. (But our spiritual roots are in the Protestant Reformation.)

We came into existence because we felt strongly the need for a Scriptural, evangelical and reformed witness for Christ. We wanted to be a part of a denomination which honors God and His Word. We desired a believing fellowship which is committed to evangelism, Christian education and training as top priorities in the Church. We felt that ministers and church leaders should affirm without compromise the great biblical beliefs of Christianity.

Many of our churches separated from their denomination because of the compromise of our basic Christian doctrines.   After years of sincere efforts to call our former denomination to revival and renewal we were led by God to withdraw and form a new body. The new denomination began with 250 congregations and 50,000 members.

Presently, the PCA is one of the fastest-growing Presbyterian denominations in North America, and is among the fastest growing of all denominations.  We now have over 1,500 churches and more than 310,000 members in the United States and Canada with at least 66 Presbyteries.  We have great teaching elders such as R.C. Sproul and evangelistic pastors, such as D. James Kennedy of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, who founded Evangelism Explosion.

Together we are lifting high our banner of love and testimony to Jesus Christ our Lord, locally and globally.  The PCA has over 570 long term missionaries, 430 short term workers and 6,500 two-week workers serving worldwide.  The PCA has also established one of the fastest growing campus ministries, Reformed University Fellowship (RUF).  We now have campus ministers on over 80 college and university campuses across America.  The PCA also has its own college, Covenant College, and seminary, Covenant Seminary.

Grace Covenant Church

The PCA is dedicated to starting new churches.  Grace Covenant Church (GCC) is one of its many church plants.  GCC has a mother-daughter relationship with University Presbyterian Church located across from NMSU.  Together we hope to establish a movement of the gospel in Las Cruces, Southern New Mexico and internationally.