... part of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. The ARP was formed when the Associate Presbyterians (a denomination which dates back to 1733 in Scotland) and the Reformed Presbyterians (a group whose beginnings date back to the covenanters in 17th century Scotland) joined together in 1782 in Philadelphia. Today the ARP has close to 300 churches in the United States and Canada. Our church is part of the Canadian presbytery with churches in Ontario and the Maritimes. We are a confessional Presbyterian church.
To be confessional is:
To agree together that a certain statement of faith accurately summarizes Biblical teaching. As a summary, the confessions do not add to the scriptures, nor are they to be understood as superior to the scriptures in any way. These confessions derive their authority from the scriptures, without which they would be but empty shells.
At Trinity, we subscribe to the Reformed Statements of Faith contained in the historic Westminster Standards: The Westminster Confession of Faith, and the Westminster Shorter and Larger Catechisms. These statements have their roots not only in the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century but these doctrines can be traced back through creeds and confessions to the early apostolic church.
To be Presbyterian is:
To be a part of the Reformed tradition within Protestantism tracing our roots back to Great Britain, particularly Scotland. Presbyterians derive their name from the form of church government, specifically, the church is governed by a plurality of elders. In practice, this means that:
Presbyterians, who hold to the inerrancy of scripture, ordain and install biblically qualified men to the office of elder and minster to serve Christ as His under-shepherds.
This ruling body, although selected from amongst the membership by election, is to recognize that they govern as under-shepherds of Jesus Christ as revealed in His Word.
In cases where elders may govern in a way that a member believes is unbiblical, the member may appeal to higher courts for a hearing and resolution.