Our Beliefs and History
West Erie Presbyterian Church is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America(www.pcanet.org). We are an Evangelical and Reformed denomination.
- We are Historically Reformed
- This means that we believe in the inspired and inerrant Word of God.
- This means we believe in the absolute sovereignty of God.
- This means we hold to a covenantal framework of Scripture.
- This means that we believe that salvation is a free gift of God.
- We are Compassionate
- We seek to share the only hope that this world has: that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- We seek to be a church that is salt and light to the community around us and fulfill the Great Commission.
- We are Confessional
- As a Christian church, ancient statements such as the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed help us to confess certain basic and essential truths of the Christian faith.
- As a Presbyterian church, our confessional or doctrinal standards consist of the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms (copies of these documents are available from the church).
- All of these statements are under the authority of Scripture
West Erie Presbyterian Church exists to glorify God and to compassionately share the Gospel so that lives are being transformed and the world is being impacted for Christ.
The History of West Erie Presbyterian Church
In 1994, Faith Reformed Church of Harborcreek, Pennsylvania sent out a small group of its members, led by Pastor Jerry Knight, with the intension of planting a church in downtown Erie, Pa. In that year, this group started a weekly Bible study in the home of Jerry Knight with Jerry leading the study. Then, on Sunday October 6, 1996, the group held their first worship service in the Knight’s home with Jerry Knight preaching. These weekly worship services continued in the Knight’s home and the church was eventually incorporated in the State of Pennsylvania under the name West Erie Bible Presbyterian Church in America (WEBPCA). The church grew and began looking for a church building. The church eventually found an old building in downtown Erie that once housed a small ice factory. The building was purchased and the church members completely renovated the building in order to make it suitable for worship services. During the renovation of the building, the group conducted door-to-door evangelism, held Vacation Bible School programs, and did other outreach events. Throughout this whole period, the church was under the oversight of Faith Reformed Church. Then, on September 19, 1999, WEBPCA became a particular church of the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA). The church continued to do various outreach events and continued with Jerry Knight as their pastor for ten more years until Jerry accepted a call from African Bible University in Uganda to teach in the Bible Studies Department in January 2009. After this, the church was without a pastor for about a year until the director of northern church planting for the Presbyterian Church in America connected the church with Marc Miller. The church interviewed him, and extended the call to him in May 2010. He moved to Erie and began preaching in August 2010, and was ordained January 30, 2011. With Pastor Marc Miler the church left the downtown area and moved to Millcreek Township where the church currently rents a school for Sunday Worship. The church also has a Sunday evening prayer meeting/Bible study. The church still owns the building in downtown Erie but a new church “Straight Way Narrow Gate” ministry is meeting there.