Minutes of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America, 1973-[ongoing]
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Met in Birmingham, Alabama
December 4-7, 1973
Moderator: Hon. W. Jack Williamson

 
387 Commissioners representing 215 churches
179 teaching elders (46.3%) & 208 ruling elders (53.7%)
Stats: 16 Presbyteries; 260 churches; 41,232 members.

Williamson

• Moderator's Address "To God Be The Glory"
• "Message to All Churches of Jesus Christ"
• Addresses delivered during the First General Assembly
• Listen to the Proceedings: Audio file 1Audio file



 
Met in Macon, Georgia
September 17-20, 1974
Moderator: Rev. Erskine L. Jackson
 
465 Commissioners representing 245 churches
246 teaching elders (52.9%) & 219 ruling elders (47.1%)
Stats: 19 Presbyteries; 313 churches; 55,206 members.
Jackson
• Retiring Moderator Williamson brought an exhortation at the opening session of the Assembly.





 
Met in Jackson, Mississippi
September 9-12, 1975
Moderator: Judge Leon F. Hendrick
 
543 Commissioners representing 294 churches
284 teaching elders (52.3%) & 259 ruling elders (47.7%)
Stats: 19 Presbyteries; 294 churches; _____ members.
Hendrick
• Retiring Moderator Jackson brought the sermon at the opening worship service of the Assembly.





 
Met in Greenville, South Carolina
September 13-17, 1976
Moderator: Rev. William A. McIlwaine
 
590 Commissioners representing 305 churches
325 teaching elders (55.1%) & 265 ruling elders (44.9%)
Stats: 19 Presbyteries; 305 churches; _____ members.
McIlwaine
• Retiring Moderator Hendrick brought an exhortation at the opening session of the Assembly.





 
Met in Smyrna, Georgia
September 12-16, 1977
Moderator: Hon. John T. Clark

 
614 Commissioners representing 319 churches
367 teaching elders (59.8%) & 247 ruling elders (40.2%)
Stats: 21 Presbyteries; 428 churches; 66,461 members.
Clark
• Retiring Moderator McIlwaine brought the opening sermon.





 
Met in Grand Rapids, Michigan
June 19-23, 1978
Moderator: Rev. G. Aiken Taylor
 
569 Commissioners representing 295 churches
353 teaching elders (62.0%) & 216 ruling elders (38.0%)
Stats: 22 Presbyteries; 440 churches; 73,665 members.
Taylor

• Retiring Moderator Clark's exhortation was on the text of Luke 12:32.





 
Met in Charlotte, North Carolina
June 18-22, 1979
Moderator: Hon. William F. Joseph, Jr.
 
681 Commissioners representing 350 churches
421 teaching elders (61.8%) & 260 ruling elders (38.2%)
Stats: 22 Presbyteries; 460 churches; 77,008 members.
Joseph
• Retiring Moderator Taylor's sermon was on the text of Ephesians 4:1-13.





 
Met in Savannah, Georgia
June 16-20, 1980
Moderator: Rev. Paul G. Settle
 
660 Commissioners representing 367 churches
413 teaching elders (62.6%) & 247 ruling elders (37.4%)
Stats: 24 Presbyteries; 487 churches; 80,211 members.
Settle
• Retiring Moderator Joseph's sermon was on the text of 1 John 4:7ff.





 
Met in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
June 15-19, 1981
Moderator: Hon. Kenneth L. Ryskamp
 
673 Commissioners representing 353 churches
430 teaching elders (63.9%) & 243 ruling elders (36.1%)
Stats: 25 Presbyteries; 519 churches; 104,218 members.
Ryskamp
• Retiring Moderator Settle's Sermon :
"Obeying the Great Commission"





 
Met in Grand Rapids, Michigan
June 14-18, 1982
Moderator: Rev. R. Laird Harris
 
1045 Commissioners representing 514 churches & 35 pbys
665 teaching elders (63.6%) & 380 ruling elders (36.4%)
Stats: 36 Presbyteries; 805 churches; 151,449 members.
HarrisRL
• Retiring Moderator Ryskamp's Exhortation : "Obeying the Great Commandment"





Harris
 
Met in Norfolk, Virginia
June 13-17, 1983
Moderator: Hon. L.B. Austin, III
 
948 Commissioners representing 500 churches & 36 pbys
643 teaching elders (67.8%) & 305 ruling elders (32.2%)
Stats: 37 Presbyteries; 835 churches; 157,896 members.
Austin
• Retiring Moderator Harris's sermon :
"Truth, Godliness, and the King of Kings"





 
Met in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
June 18-22, 1984
Moderator: Rev. James M. Baird, Jr.
 
945 Commissioners representing 458 churches & 38 pbys
642 teaching elders (67.9%) & 303 ruling elders (32.1%)
Stats: 38 Presbyteries; 853 churches; 170,455 members.
Baird
• Retiring Moderator Austin brought an exhortation at the opening worship service of the Assembly.





 
Met in St. Louis, Missouri
June 17-21, 1985
Moderator: Hon. Richard C. Chewning
 
871 Commissioners representing 494 churches & 40 pbys
613 teaching elders (70.4%) & 258 ruling elders (29.6%)
Stats: 40 Presbyteries; 888 churches; 180,392 members.
Chewning
• Retiring Moderator Baird's Sermon :
"The More Excellent Way"





 
Met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 23-27, 1986
Moderator: Rev. Frank M. Barker, Jr.
 
951 Commissioners representing 513 churches
684 teaching elders (71.9%) & 267 ruling elders (28.1%)
Stats: 43 Presbyteries; 924 churches; 190,960 members.
Barker
• Retiring Moderator Chewning's Exhortation :
"The Tension I Sense ; The Hope I Have"





 
Met in Grand Rapids, Michigan
June 15-19, 1987
Moderator: Hon. Gerald Sovereign
 
873 Commissioners representing 492 churches
632 teaching elders (72.4%) & 241 ruling elders (27.6%)
Stats: 43 Presbyteries; 951 churches; 197,575 members.
Sovereign
• Retiring Moderator Barker's Sermon :
"Is Christ Divided?
[Text: 1 Corinthians 1:13]




 
Met in Knoxville, Tennessee
June 6-10, 1988
Moderator: Rev. D. James Kennedy
 
993 Commissioners representing 546 churches
688 teaching elders (69.3%) & 305 ruling elders (30.7%)
Stats: 44 Presbyteries; 957 churches; 211,154 members.
Kennedy
• Retiring Moderator Sovereign brought an exhortation at the opening worship service of the Assembly.




 
Met in La Mirada, California
June 15-20, 1989
Moderator: Hon. John B. White, Jr.
 
774 Commissioners representing 461 churches
538 teaching elders (69.5%) & 236 ruling elders (30.5%)
Stats: 47 Presbyteries; 998 churches; 218,015 members.
White
• Retiring Moderator Kennedy's sermon :
"The Passion of Christ"





 
Met in Atlanta, Georgia
June 11-15, 1990
Moderator: Rev. Cortez A. Cooper, Jr.
 
1220 Commissioners representing 650 churches
818 teaching elders (67.0%) & 402 ruling elders (33.0%)
Stats: 49 Presbyteries; 1055 churches; 224,821 members.
Cooper
• Retiring Moderator White's exhortation :
"Do All for the Glory of God"





 
Met in Birmingham, Alabama
June 17-20, 1991
Moderator: Hon. Mark Belz
 
1218 Commissioners representing 636 churches
798 teaching elders (65.5%) & 420 ruling elders (34.5%)
Stats: 50 Presbyteries; 1044 churches; 233,770 members.
  • Retiring Moderator Cooper's sermon : "Stengthening the Foundation"





Belz
 
Met in Roanoke, Virginia
June 15-18, 1992
Moderator: Rev. W. Wilson Benton, Jr.
 
1145 Commissioners representing 608 churches
748 teaching elders (65.3%) & 397 ruling elders (34.7%)
Stats: 54 Presbyteries; 1086 churches; 242,560 members.
• Retiring Moderator Belz's exhortation :
"Gehazi's Sermon"





Benton
 
Met in Columbia, South Carolina
June 7-11, 1993
Moderator: Hon. G. Richard Hostetter
 
1191 Commissioners representing 627 churches
805 teaching elders (67.6%) & 386 ruling elders (32.4%)
Stats: 54 Presbyteries; 1114 churches; 250,551 members.
  • Retiring Moderator Benton's sermon :
"The Church That Christ Built"





Hostetter
 
Met in Atlanta, Georgia
June 6-10, 1994
Moderator: Rev. William S. Barker, II
 
1280 Commissioners representing 874 churches & 54 pbys
888 teaching elders (69.4%) & 392 ruling elders (30.6%)
Stats: 56 Presbyteries; 1122 churches; 260,885 members.
Barker
• Retiring Moderator Hostetter's exhortation : "Covenant Succession"





 
Met in Dallas, Texas
June 19-23, 1995
Moderator: Hon. Frank A. Brock
 
1108 Commissioners representing 577 churches
762 teaching elders (68.8%) & 346 ruling elders (31.2%)
Stats: 56 Presbyteries; 1142 churches; 271,263 members.

Brock
• Retiring Moderator Barker's sermon :
"The Majestic Grandeur of Christ"






 
Met in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
June 18-21, 1996
Moderator: Rev. Charles A. McGowan
 
1212 Commissioners representing 630 churches
836 teaching elders (69.0%) & 376 ruling elders (31.0%)
Stats: 56 Presbyteries; 1163 churches; 277,899 members.

 

 

 

• Retiring Moderator Brock's exhortation :
"Embrace Change"
• Clerk's Letter: Report on the 24th GA.




McGowan
Met in Colorado Springs, Colorado
June 10-13, 1997
Moderator: Hon. Samuel J. Duncan
 
1185 Commissioners representing 630 churches
820 teaching elders (69.2%) & 365 ruling elders (30.8%)
Stats: 57 Presbyteries; 1171 churches; 283,381 members.

 


• Retiring Moderator McGowan's sermon :
"As We Approach 25"





Duncan
Met in St. Louis, Missouri
June 30 - July 3, 1998
Moderator: Rev. Kennedy Smartt
Honorary Moderator: Rev. Donald B. Patterson
 
1411 Commissioners representing 723 churches
997 teaching elders (70.7%) & 414 ruling elders (29.3%)
Stats: 58 Presbyteries; 1184 churches; 289,906 members.
Smartt

• Retiring Moderator Duncan's exhortation :
"Faith and Obedience, Part 2: A Ruling Elder's Story"
• Clerk's Letter (Gilchrist): Report on the 26th GA.
• Clerk's Letter (Taylor): Actions of the 26th GA.



Met in Louisville, Kentucky
June 15-17, 1999
Moderator: Hon. Thomas F. Leopard
 
1228 Commissioners representing 643 churches
854 teaching elders (69.5%) & 374 ruling elders (30.5%)
Stats: 58 Presbyteries; 1206 churches; 299,055 members.




• Retiring Moderator Smartt's sermon :
"Passing the Torch"
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 27th GA.




Leopard
Met in Tampa, Florida
June 20-23, 2000
Moderator: Rev. Morton H. Smith
 
1367 Commissioners representing 709 churches
921 teaching elders (67.4%) & 446 ruling elders (32.6%)
Stats: 60 Presbyteries; 1,215 churches; 306,156 members.
Dr. Morton H. Smith

• Retiring Moderator's sermon : "Chainsaw Repentance" - Rev. Joe Novenson
[on behalf of retiring moderator RE Tom Leopard]
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 28th GA.
• Report of the Creation Study Committee.


Smith
Met in Dallas, Texas
June 19-22, 2001
Moderator: Hon. Steve Fox
 
1293 Commissioners representing 703 churches
919 teaching elders (71.1%) & 374 ruling elders (28.9%)
Stats: 63 Presbyteries; 1,227 churches; 306,784 members.
  • Retiring Moderator Smith's sermon :
"A Call to Spritual Renewal--To Know Christ and the Power of His Resurrection" [Text: Phil. 3:10]
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 29th GA.



Fox
Met in Birmingham, Alabama
June 18-21, 2002
Moderator: Rev. Joseph F. (Skip) Ryan
 
1602 Commissioners representing 784 churches
1122 teaching elders (70.0%) & 473 ruling elders (30.0%)
Stats: 64 Presbyteries; 1,248 churches; 311,817 members.
Ryan
• Retiring Moderator Fox's exhortation :
"The PCA . . . A Fortified City"
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 30th GA.




Met in Charlotte, North Carolina
June 10-13, 2003
Moderator: Hon. Joel Belz
 
1510 Commissioners representing 756 churches
1084 teaching elders (71.8%) & 426 ruling elders (28.2%)
Stats: 64 Presbyteries; 1,278 churches; 320,400 members.
Belz
• Retiring Moderator Ryan's sermon :
"How Not To Lose Heart"
[Text : II Corinthians 4:1-18]
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 31st GA.



Met in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
June 15-18, 2004
Moderator: Rev. Ligon Duncan
 
1357 Commissioners representing 710 churches
965 teaching elders (71.3%) & 390 ruling elders (28.7%)
Stats:67 Presbyteries; 1,288 churches; 330,182 members.

Duncan
• Retiring Moderator Belz brought an exhortation at the opening worship service of the Assembly.
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 32d GA.





Met in Chattanooga, Tennessee
June 14-17, 2005
Moderator: Hon. Howard Q. Davis
 
1580 Commissioners representing 841 churches
1049 teaching elders (66.4%) & 531 ruling elders (33.6%)
Stats: 70 Presbyteries; 1,319 churches; 331,126 members.
Davis
• Retiring Moderatorn Duncan's sermon :
"Why God Invented Elders"
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 33d GA.




Met in Atlanta, Georgia
June 20-23, 2006
Moderator: Rev. Dominic A. Aquila
 
1415 Commissioners representing 788 churches
1007 teaching elders (71.2%) & 408 ruling elders (28.8%)
Stats: 74 Presbyteries; 1,345 churches; 338,873 members.
aquila
Aquila
• Retiring Moderator Davis's exhortation :
"Onward Christian Soldiers"
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 34th GA.




Met in Memphis, Tennessee
June 12-14, 2007
Moderator: Hon. E.J. Nusbaum
 
1288 Commissioners representing 728 churches
917 teaching elders (71.2%) & 371 ruling elders (28.8%)
Stats: 76 Presbyteries; 1,372 churches; 345,582 members.
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Nusbaum
• Retiring Moderator Aquila's sermon : "The Church : Mighty in Christ"
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 35th GA.
Met in Dallas, Texas
June 10-12, 2008
Moderator: Rev. Paul D. Kooistra
 
1185 Commissioners representing 617 churches
881 teaching elders (74.3%) & 304 ruling elders (25.7%)
Stats: 76 Presbyteries; 1,408 churches; 340,852 members.
Rev. Paul Kooistra
• Retiring Moderator Nusbaum's exhortation : "Transformed Leaders"
[Text : Romans 12:1-3]
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 36th GA.



Kooistra
Met in Orlando, Florida
June 16-18, 2009
Moderator: Hon. Bradford L. ("Brad") Bradley
 
1081 Commissioners representing 620 churches
819 teaching elders (75.8%) & 262 ruling elders (24.2%)
Stats: 77 Presbyteries; 1,442 churches; 346,408 members.
Hon. Brad Bradley
• Retiring Moderator Kooistra brought the sermon at the opening worship of the Assembly.
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 37th GA.




Bradley
Met in Nashville, Tennessee
June 29 - July 2, 2010
Moderator: Rev. Harry Lloyd Reeder, III
 
1311 Commissioners representing 752 churches
978 teaching elders (74.6%) & 333 ruling elders (25.4%)
Stats: 79 Presbyteries; 1,455 churches; 346,814 members.
Rev. Harry Reeder
• Rev. Mark Davis brought the Retiring Moderator's sermon, on behalf of RE Brad Bradley: "Wonder of Wonders"
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 38th GA.



Reeder
Met in Virginia Beach, Virginia
June 6-10, 2011
Moderator: Hon. Daniel Carrell
 
1183 Commissioners representing 667 churches
901 teaching elders (76.2%) & 282 ruling elders (23.8%)
Stats: 80 Presbyteries; 1,466 churches; 351,406 members.
carrell03 Retiring Moderator Reeder's sermon :
"The DNA of Christ's Church" [Text: Acts 1:4-11]
Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 39th GA.




Carrell
Met in Louisville, Kentucky
June 19-22, 2012
Moderator: Rev. Michael Ross
 
1120 Commissioners representing 637 churches
832 teaching elders (74.3%) & 288 ruling elders (25.7%)
Stats: 80 Presbyteries; 1,474 churches; 356,820 members.

Rev. Michael Ross • Retiring Moderator's Carrell's exhortation: "Generations in Community : The Challenge Before Us" [Phil. 2:1-8 & 1 John 2:15-17]
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 40th GA.




Ross
Met in Greenville, South Carolina
June 18-20, 2013
Moderator: Hon. Bruce Terrell
 
1327 Commissioners representing 761 churches
1008 teaching elders (75.9%) & 319 ruling elders (24.1%)
Stats: 81 Presbyteries; 1,494 churches; 359,834 members.
terrell • Retiring Moderator Ross's sermon :
"A Brave New World"
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 41st GA




Terrell
Met in Houston, Texas
June 17-20, 2014
Moderator: Rev. Bryan Chapell
 
1123 Commissioners representing 624 churches & 79 pbys
867 teaching elders (77.2%) & 256 ruling elders (22.8%)
Stats: 81 Presbyteries; 1,499 churches; 358,516 members.

chapell • Retiring Moderator's Sermon brought by Rev. Ray Cortese on behalf of RE Bruce Terrell — "A Beautiful Orthodoxy" [Mt. 12:1-14]
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 42d GA.




Chapell

Met in Chattanooga, Tennessee
June 9-12, 2015
Moderator: Hon. James W. Wert, Jr.
 
1396 Commissioners representing 839 churches & 79 pbys
1087 teaching elders (77.9%) & 309 ruling elders (22.1%)
Stats: 82 Presbyteries; 1,534 churches; 370,332 members.
wert
• Retiring Moderator Chapell's Sermon:
"The Hiding Place."
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 43rd GA.




Wert

Met in Mobile, Alabama
June 20-24, 2016
Moderator: Rev. George Robertson
 
1316 Commissioners representing 743 churches
1029 teaching elders (78.2%) & 287 ruling elders (21.8%)
Stats: 85 Presbyteries; 1,545 churches; 374,161 members.

robertson • Retiring Moderator Wert's Exhortation:
"How Long" [Text: Habakkuk 3:16-19]
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 44th GA
• For video of the 44th Assembly, click here.




Robertson

Met in Greensboro, North Carolina
June 13-16, 2017
Moderator: Hon. Alexander Jun
 
1461 Commissioners representing 891 churches & 85 pbys
1151 teaching elders (78.8%) & 310 ruling elders (21.2%)
Stats: 86 Presbyteries; 1,566 churches; 374,736 members.
jun • Retiring Moderator Robertson's sermon:
"Disqualified"
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 45th GA
• For video of the 45th Assembly, click here

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Jun

Met in Atlanta, Georgia
June 12-15, 2018
Moderator: Rev. Irwyn L. Ince, Jr.
 
1536 Commissioners representing 902 churches
1202 teaching elders (78.3%) & 335 ruling elders (21.7%)
Stats: 86 Presbyteries; 1568 churches; 374,736 members.
ince04 • Retiring Moderator Jun's exhortation:
"Gospel Neighboring"
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 46th GA
Ad Interim Report on Racial Reconciliation
• For video of the 46th Assembly, click here.


Ince

Met in Dallas, Texas
June 25-28, 2019
Moderator: Hon. J. Howard Donahoe
 
1616 Commissioners representing 827 churches
1209 teaching elders (74.8%) & 407 ruling elders (25.2%)
Stats: 88 Presbyteries; 1572 churches; 384,793 members.
donahoe • Retiring Moderator Ince's sermon: "Grind on for Glory" [text: 2 Cor. 4:1-6]
Overtures before the 47th GA
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 47th GA
• For video of the 47th Assembly, click here.


Donahoe
48th General Assembly (2021)
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 48th General Assembly has been postponed and will instead meet next year in St. Louis, Missouri, June 29-July 2, 2021. Missouri Presbytery will be the host presbytery.
  Overtures coming before the 48th GA
 
49th General Assembly (2022)
Will meet in Birmingham, Alabama, hosted by Evangel Presbytery.


 
 
50th General Assembly (2023)
Will meet in Memphis, Tennessee, hosted by Covenant Presbytery.
 
 
 
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