GCE IS PCA
This means that our church belongs to a denomination known as the Presbyterian Church in America, a relatively recent and conservative offspring of the largest and oldest Presbyterian denomination. This also explains our form of governance, which calls for our church to be led by elected elders who are themselves subject to a larger body known as the General Assembly.
GCE IS REFORMED
The word “Reformed” links us to theological distinctives which have marked reformation believers, particularly those in the Calvinist tradition.
Reformed distinctives include the sovereignty of God in His creation, providence and election of believers apart from any merit of their own; the irresistible grace of God provided for and preceding the faith of the individual; the sufficiency of God’s grace apart from which man is dead in sin and wholly defiled in all his faculties of soul and body; the efficacy of Christ’s death for all those who believe in Him by grace; the safe-guarding of all those for whom Christ died for eternal life.
We seek to hold to our reformed convictions humbly, recognizing the sincerity and earnestness of Godly men and women who have other positions.
GCE IS CONFESSIONAL
This means we have a written confession of faith. Our confession consists of the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechism, which faithful saints developed through careful prayer and thought, as well as persecution and struggle. While these documents are not without flaw, we believe they do contain carefully worded summaries of the Bible’s teachings.