About the Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The mission of The Fellowship of Presbyterians is to build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ. The Fellowship is an “umbrella organization” that includes members of the PC(USA), members of ECO, and brothers and sisters in Christ beyond these two denominations. Watch this to catch a vision of The Fellowship of Presbyterians.

 

OUR STORY

The Fellowship of Presbyterians began in January 2011 as a conversation between seven PC(USA) pastors who wanted to find new ways to encourage each other in common faith, ministry, and mission. These pastors were concerned about the health of the PC(USA) as a denomination, where membership has dropped steadily over 40 years and ongoing disputes over theology and bureaucracy were creating a culture of contention rather than Kingdom vitality. They dreamed of reclaiming a covenanted biblical community, where unity is derived from a clearly articulated theology and a shared mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ, and where new generations of leaders are nurtured to speak the gospel into a rapidly-changing world.

 

These seven pastors issued a nationwide call to others of like mind who envisioned a new future for congregations to connect and grow while sharing a Presbyterian, Reformed, Evangelical heritage. In August 2011, more than 1900 men and women of diverse ages and ethnicities answered that call, gathering in Minneapolis to dream and pray together.

 

In January 2012, a Covenanting Conference in Orlando  solidified the dream of The Fellowship of Presbyterians and they launched a new Reformed body, ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. Between the Minneapolis and Orlando gatherings, 1,159 unique congregations were represented.

 

In August 2012, two regional gatherings in Colorado Springs and Atlanta took the dream further, giving attendees a firsthand experience of what life in The Fellowship and ECO would be like. Since that time, hundreds of congregations and individuals have joined The Fellowship of Presbyterians and begun the process of affiliation with ECO.

 

Want to know more?  Read FAQs on these exciting new movements within the Presbyterian and Reformed family.

 

PRESIDING BOARD

Mark Brewer, Englewood, CO — President
Nicole Lock, Atlanta , GA – Vice President
Jerry Andrews, San Diego, CA
Becce Bettridge, Friday Harbor. WA
Marilyn Borst, Atlanta, GA
Herb Codington, Clinton, SC
Anne Hilborn, Charlotte, NC
Megan Katerjian, Santa Rosa, CA
James Lee, Raleigh, NC
Donna Marsh, Washington, D.C.
Jungyn Shin, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Jim Singleton, Ipswich, MA
Bill Teng, Alexandria, VA

 

ADVISORY BOARD

Jim Singleton, Chairman, Ipswich, MA
Marnie Crumpler, Atlanta, GA
Thomas Daniel, Austin, TX
Bob Fryling, Woodbridge, IL
Kathy Goodrich, Bozeman, MT
Ralph Hawkins, New Wilmington. PA
Peter James, Vienna, VA
Dave Peterson, Houston, TX
Tim Snow, Seattle, WA
Scott Weimer, Atlanta, GA

 

2 or 3 NETWORK (small church ministry)

Sue Baboveck, North Manchester, IN
Robbie Carnes, Los Angeles, CA
Herb Codington, Clinton, SC
Chuck Compton, Flora, IN
Jim Deal, Wenatchee, WA
Jim Friedmeyer, Henry, IL
Joan Gaines, Amarillo, TX
Tee Gatewood, Banner Elk, NC
Tom Hastie, Huntington, WV
Anne Hilborn, Charlotte, NC
Newell Kroegmann, Le Sueur, MN
Bill Lawrence, Mineral City, OH
Sue Spencer, Akron, CO
Phyllis Tincher, Boise, ID
Mark Unrue, Youngstown, OH

 

STAFF

Paul Detterman, Executive Director
Debbie Detterman, Finance Director
Jane Harper, Executive Administrator
Brenda Smith, COO
Anna Whitehead Kent, Director of Mission Affinity Groups