Traditions and History

We believe that the reformed traditions and history of our church are important in the life of our congregation.

Emphases in the Reformed – Presbyterian Tradition
 
The Sovereignty of God:
• The reign of God extends to all areas of life.
• God is working out God’s purposes in history and at God’s initiatives.
• God cannot be controlled, domesticated or precisely defined.
  
The Human Response to God:
• Faith is a gift that comes from God. Faith is trust & obedience.
• The goal of the Christian Life is service to God in conformity with God’s will.
• Christian Life is practical/ethical. Simplicity and discipline in life style.
  
Centrality of the Word of God:
• Jesus Christ is the Word of God living, “the one sufficient revelation of God”.
• The Bible, by the action of the Holy Spirit in the church and the individual, is the “unique and authoritative witness” to Jesus Christ.
• The sermon, by the action of the Holy Spirit in the church and the individual, can become the Word of God spoken.
• The sacraments, by the action of the Holy Spirit in the church and individual, are the Word of God embodied.
 
 The Ministry of all Believers:
• Each follower is given a gift(s) through the presence of the Holy Spirit for the work of ministry.
• The members of a church bring together their gifts to form a body.
• Leadership in the church is shared, not limited to professionals.
 
For more information, please contact either Rev. Dr. William Ward or Rev. Brad Rogers.
Additionally, the PCUSA website offers Presbyterian 101, A General Guide to Facts about the Presbyterian Church 
 
Westminster Presbyterian Church History
Westminster celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2006!
 
Ministry projects started at Westminster have grown into full agencies serving the unemployed.
 
Bits of Interesting History:
 
Looking back:  In 2001 members of our family said,
 
"It is exciting to be a part of the future! For families – for our youth - for Westminster’s place in our community." The Lamberts
 
"We were married at Westminster 19 years ago, and of course, the present church is very precious to us. But 50 years ago, members built a church on the edge of town surrounded by a cornfield-now it’s our turn to plant Westminster Presbyterian Church on the edge of town surrounded by a cornfield, so that many other couples may have the benefit of beginning their marriage and raising a family of faith." Paul & Karen Weis