The First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) – the PCUSA. As a denomination, the PCUSA is part of the Reformed tradition that traces its roots back to the Protestant Reformation and Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, and Ulrich Zwingli. One of the central aspects of being Presbyterian is how we govern our common life. We elect elders who are entrusted to discern the will of God for the good of the church on our behalf. We do not expect our elders to mirror our views or model our way of faith. Instead, we elect them, trust them, pray for them, and respond to (and sometimes gently challenge) their decisions about what is most faithful for the church to do.

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