- Reformed Presbyterian Church of Australia
Infobox Christian denomination
name = Reformed Presbyterian Church of Australia
imagewidth = 186px
caption = The Banner of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Australia
main_classification = Protestant
polity = Presbyterian
founded_date = 1858
founded_place = Geelong
parent = Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland
associations = Reformed Presbyterian Church
area = Victoria,
congregations = 3 [ [http://www.rpca.org.au/Home/Congregations/tabid/80/Default.aspx RPCA Congregations] ]
footnotes = The Reformed Presbyterian Church of Australia is a
Calvinistdenomination in Australia. It is a very small Australian Presbyteriandenomination based in the area of Melbourne, Victoria. The first church, in Geelong, Victoria, was started in 1858. It links itself historically with the Covenantermovement in Scotland that was the 17th century continuation of Presbyterianism, and has sister denominational relations with the Reformed Presbyterian Churches of North America, Ireland, and Scotland. It is dedicated to upholding the continued relevance of the Gospel and the Biblein today's society.
Many Reformed Presbyterians had migrated from Scotland to Australia, and, as they were against
occasional hearing, they wanted a minister of their own. They wrote to the church in Scotland requesting this, and the Rev. A. M. Moore eventually answered, arriving in Melbourne in late December 1857, and starting the work in Geelong in 1858. As time went on, the work expanded. Congregations were begun in McKinnon, Victoria(1933 begun/1946 organised, Rev. W. R. McEwen), Frankston, Victoria(1971/1977), and Sunbury, Victoria(1979/1981, closed 2006).
In 1959, the Rev. A. Barkley, minister in Geelong, became the founding principal of the
Reformed Theological College.
In 1974, the Australian Presbytery petitioned the parent body, the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland, and was made a separate denomination at 2:45pm BST, 12th June, 1974.
The Geelong congregation, currently pastored by Rev. Andrew Stewart and Rev. Graeme Hart, is still growing.
The Frankston congregation, after closing in 1989, was revived around 2004 as a preaching station of the McKinnon congregation. In 2008 it became a separate congregation, currently pastored by Rev. Ed Blackwood.
The McKinnon congregation is currently pastored by the Rev. Alastair McEwen.
Organisations and relations
Sister denominations are listed on the
Reformed Presbyterian Church (denominational group)page.
Reformed Theological College(in conjunction with the Christian Reformed Church of Australiaand the Reformed Churches of New Zealand)
List of Presbyterian denominations in Australia
* [http://www.rpca.org.au/ RPCA Website]
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