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Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America

Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America
Classification Protestant
Theology New School Presbyterian
Governance Presbyterian
Associations World Communion of Reformed Churches
Region United States
Origin 1874
Separated from Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Congregations 113[1]

The Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America is a primarily African-American denomination which developed from the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1874.


  • History 1
  • Organization and membership 2
  • Governance 3
  • Unification issues 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The church was formed after

  • Denominational website
  • Brazos River Presbytery
  • Faith CPCA in Cleveland

External links

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[7][6] In 2012 the General assemblies of both the

Unification issues

The church adheres to the Presbyterian Church governance. It has 4 Synods, the Texas Synod has 3 Presbyteries namely the Angelina (6 churches), Brazos River(8) and East Texas(4) Presbyteries. The Tennessee Synod has 3 Presbyteries, the Elk River(11), Hiawassee(9), New Hopewell Presbyteries(11). The Kentucky Synod has 3, the Cleveland Ohio(4), the Kansouri(2), and the Ohio(5), the Purchase(5) Presbyteries. The biggest synod is Alabama Synod with 6 Presbyteries, namely the Birmingham(6), the Florence(5), Huntsville(18), South Alabam(6), Tennessee Valley(8) and Tuscaloosa(7) Presbyteries.[5]


Denominational headquarters are located in Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas and Illinois.[3] Membership is primarily concentrated in Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas, but the church extends north to Cleveland, Chicago, Oklahoma, Detroit and Marshalltown, Iowa.[2][4]

Organization and membership

Relations between the two Cumberland Presbyterian groups have for the most part been very cordial, and many of the CPCA ministers have trained at Memphis Theological Seminary. A reunion attempt on the part of both denominations failed to win approval in the late 1980s. The African American church wanted equal representation on all boards and agencies, feeling that otherwise they would be swallowed up by the larger white church. The joint committee drafting the plan of union agreed and made such a stipulation in its reporting to the General Assembly. However, many in the white, rural, southern-based church were not willing to cede that much power and balked at the plan. Both denominations are now working on a plan of organic merger. The two denominations continue to share a Confession of Faith and cooperate in many common ministries.

before assuming its current name. Second Cumberland Presbyterian Church It later was known as the [2]

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