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Reformed Presbyterian Church of Australia

Reformed Presbyterian Church of Australia
The Banner of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Australia
Classification Protestant
Orientation Calvinism
Polity Presbyterian
Associations Reformed Presbyterian Church
Region Victoria, Australia
Origin 1858
Branched from Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland
Congregations 3[1]
Reformed Presbyterians at a family conference

The Reformed Presbyterian Church of Australia is a Calvinist denomination in Australia. It is a small Presbyterian denomination numbering slightly over 200 persons with its largest congregation in the area of Geelong, Victoria. The first church, in Geelong, was started in 1858. It links itself historically with those in the Covenanter movement in Scotland who did not accept the settlement of Presbyterianism in that country in 1690, and has sister denominational relations with the Reformed Presbyterian Churches of North America, Ireland, and Scotland. Fraternal relations exist with the very similar Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia.


  • Background 1
  • Today 2
  • Beliefs 3
  • Organisations and relations 4
    • Sister denominations 4.1
    • Theological Seminaries 4.2
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


A number of Reformed Presbyterians had migrated from Scotland or Ireland to Australia. A number who did not join other branches of the Presbyterian Church were against Rev. W. R. McEwen), Frankston, Victoria (1971/1977), and Sunbury, Victoria (1979/1981, closed 2006).

In 1959, the Rev. A. Barkley, RP minister in Geelong, became the founding principal of the Reformed Theological College.

In 1974, the Australian Presbytery petitioned the parent body, the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland, and was made a separate denomination on 12 June. In former times, church law required members to believe that the Solemn League and Covenant were still binding and forbade them from participating in government because the Constitution does not explicitly make the Australia an officially Christian country; these provisions have been repealed.


The Geelong congregation, currently pastored by Rev. Andrew Stewart, is still growing, with a congregation of 170.

The Frankston congregation, after closing in 1989, was revived around 2004 as a preaching station of the McKinnon congregation. In 2008 it became a separate congregation with an attendance of about 40, currently pastored by Rev. Ed Blackwood.

The McKinnon congregation is currently pastored by Rev. Graeme Hart.


Organisations and relations

Sister denominations

Sister denominations are listed on the Reformed Presbyterian Church (denominational group) page.

Theological Seminaries

See also


  1. ^ RPCA Congregations

External links

  • RPCA Website
  • Frankston Reformed Presbyterian Church
  • McKinnon Reformed Presbyterian Church
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