About St. Peter Presbyterian
Why the ‘St. Peter’ Name?
It’s Saint Peter (without an ’s)
Yes, we call the church Saint Peter rather than Saint Peter’s. It isn’t that we don’t want to be confused with a certain place in Rome. And it isn’t an issue of style either.
It has to do with the Apostle Peter’s teaching on the nature of the church (see the 1 Peter passage here). No worries if you get it wrong. We just thought you might like to know.
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light; Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”
View of Scripture
The Primary Standard
In the tradition of the Protestant Reformers, we hold to the:
- Five “solas” of the Reformation: Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Solo Christo, and Soli Deo Gloria
- Westminster Standards
- Preaching of the Word, the exercise of church discipline, and the right celebration of the sacraments.
I Corinthians 8:6
Rev. Laurence Windham moved to Bristol, Virginia and became the pastor of the church in 2000. Prior to that, he attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida while working at Ligonier Ministries and serving as a college minister for Reformed University Fellowship at the University of Central Florida. Laurence maintains that his greatest credentials are the smiles of his wife and the laughter of his children.
Our Affiliation: CREC
SPPC is a member of Augustine Presbytery of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC). As the CREC Web site states, our conferation is “a vibrant community of evangelical believers shaped by the Reformation.”
We are “focused on building communities of believers that begin each week with God-honoring worship and then joyfully extend that worship into every day of the week through our families, our friendships and our vocations. The church is the body of Christ, and from this central truth flow all the issues of life.”