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Met in Birmingham, Alabama
December 4-7, 1973
Moderator: Hon. W. Jack Williamson

 
387 Commissioners representing 215 churches
179 teaching elders (46.3%) & 208 ruling elders (53.7%)
Stats: 16 Presbyteries; 260 churches; 41,232 members.
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Williamson


• Moderator's Address "To God Be The Glory"
• "Message to All Churches of Jesus Christ"
• Addresses delivered during the First General Assembly
• Listen to the Proceedings: Audio file 1Audio file



Met in Macon, Georgia
September 17-20, 1974
Moderator: Rev. Erskine L. Jackson
 
465 Commissioners representing 245 churches
246 teaching elders (52.9%) & 219 ruling elders (47.1%)
Stats: 19 Presbyteries; 313 churches; 55,206 members.
Jackson


• Retiring Moderator Williamson brought an exhortation at the opening session of the Assembly.





 
Met in Jackson, Mississippi
September 9-12, 1975
Moderator: Judge Leon F. Hendrick
 
543 Commissioners representing 294 churches
284 teaching elders (52.3%) & 259 ruling elders (47.7%)
Stats: 19 Presbyteries; 294 churches; _____ members.
Hendrick

• Retiring Moderator Jackson brought the sermon at the opening worship service of the Assembly.





 
Met in Greenville, South Carolina
September 13-17, 1976
Moderator: Rev. William A. McIlwaine
 
590 Commissioners representing 305 churches
325 teaching elders (55.1%) & 265 ruling elders (44.9%)
Stats: 19 Presbyteries; 305 churches; _____ members.
McIlwaine


• Retiring Moderator Hendrick brought an exhortation at the opening session of the Assembly.





 
Met in Smyrna, Georgia
September 12-16, 1977
Moderator: Hon. John T. Clark

 
614 Commissioners representing 319 churches
367 teaching elders (59.8%) & 247 ruling elders (40.2%)
Stats: 21 Presbyteries; 428 churches; 66,461 members.
Clark


• Retiring Moderator McIlwaine brought the opening sermon.





 
Met in Grand Rapids, Michigan
June 19-23, 1978
Moderator: Rev. G. Aiken Taylor
 
569 Commissioners representing 295 churches
353 teaching elders (62.0%) & 216 ruling elders (38.0%)
Stats: 22 Presbyteries; 440 churches; 73,665 members.
Taylor


• Retiring Moderator Clark's exhortation was on the text of Luke 12:32.





 
Met in Charlotte, North Carolina
June 18-22, 1979
Moderator: Hon. William F. Joseph, Jr.
 
681 Commissioners representing 350 churches
421 teaching elders (61.8%) & 260 ruling elders (38.2%)
Stats: 22 Presbyteries; 460 churches; 77,008 members.
Joseph
• Retiring Moderator Taylor's sermon was on the text of Ephesians 4:1-13.





 
Met in Savannah, Georgia
June 16-20, 1980
Moderator: Rev. Paul G. Settle
 
660 Commissioners representing 367 churches
413 teaching elders (62.6%) & 247 ruling elders (37.4%)
Stats: 24 Presbyteries; 487 churches; 80,211 members.
Settle
• Retiring Moderator Joseph's sermon was on the text of 1 John 4:7ff.





 
Met in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
June 15-19, 1981
Moderator: Hon. Kenneth L. Ryskamp
 
673 Commissioners representing 353 churches
430 teaching elders (63.9%) & 243 ruling elders (36.1%)
Stats: 25 Presbyteries; 519 churches; 104,218 members.
Ryskamp

• Retiring Moderator Settle's Sermon :
"Obeying the Great Commission"





 
Met in Grand Rapids, Michigan
June 14-18, 1982
Moderator: Rev. R. Laird Harris
 
1045 Commissioners representing 514 churches & 35 pbys
665 teaching elders (63.6%) & 380 ruling elders (36.4%)
Stats: 36 Presbyteries; 805 churches; 151,449 members.
HarrisRL
• Retiring Moderator Ryskamp's Exhortation : "Obeying the Great Commandment"





Harris
 
Met in Norfolk, Virginia
June 13-17, 1983
Moderator: Hon. L.B. Austin, III
 
948 Commissioners representing 500 churches & 36 pbys
643 teaching elders (67.8%) & 305 ruling elders (32.2%)
Stats: 37 Presbyteries; 835 churches; 157,896 members.
Austin


• Retiring Moderator Harris's sermon :
"Truth, Godliness, and the King of Kings"





 
Met in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
June 18-22, 1984
Moderator: Rev. James M. Baird, Jr.
 
945 Commissioners representing 458 churches & 38 pbys
642 teaching elders (67.9%) & 303 ruling elders (32.1%)
Stats: 38 Presbyteries; 853 churches; 170,455 members.
Baird

• Retiring Moderator Austin brought an exhortation at the opening worship service of the Assembly.





 
Met in St. Louis, Missouri
June 17-21, 1985
Moderator: Hon. Richard C. Chewning
 
871 Commissioners representing 494 churches & 40 pbys
613 teaching elders (70.4%) & 258 ruling elders (29.6%)
Stats: 40 Presbyteries; 888 churches; 180,392 members.
Chewning


• Retiring Moderator Baird's Sermon :
"The More Excellent Way"





 
Met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 23-27, 1986
Moderator: Rev. Frank M. Barker, Jr.
 
951 Commissioners representing 513 churches
684 teaching elders (71.9%) & 267 ruling elders (28.1%)
Stats: 43 Presbyteries; 924 churches; 190,960 members.
Barker

• Retiring Moderator Chewning's Exhortation :
"The Tension I Sense ; The Hope I Have"





 
Met in Grand Rapids, Michigan
June 15-19, 1987
Moderator: Hon. Gerald Sovereign
 
873 Commissioners representing 492 churches
632 teaching elders (72.4%) & 241 ruling elders (27.6%)
Stats: 43 Presbyteries; 951 churches; 197,575 members.
Sovereign


• Retiring Moderator Barker's Sermon :
"Is Christ Divided?
[Text: 1 Corinthians 1:13]




 
Met in Knoxville, Tennessee
June 6-10, 1988
Moderator: Rev. D. James Kennedy
 
993 Commissioners representing 546 churches
688 teaching elders (69.3%) & 305 ruling elders (30.7%)
Stats: 44 Presbyteries; 957 churches; 211,154 members.
Kennedy


• Retiring Moderator Sovereign brought an exhortation at the opening worship service of the Assembly.




 
Met in La Mirada, California
June 15-20, 1989
Moderator: Hon. John B. White, Jr.
 
774 Commissioners representing 461 churches
538 teaching elders (69.5%) & 236 ruling elders (30.5%)
Stats: 47 Presbyteries; 998 churches; 218,015 members.
White

• Retiring Moderator Kennedy's sermon :
"The Passion of Christ"





 
Met in Atlanta, Georgia
June 11-15, 1990
Moderator: Rev. Cortez A. Cooper, Jr.
 
1220 Commissioners representing 650 churches
818 teaching elders (67.0%) & 402 ruling elders (33.0%)
Stats: 49 Presbyteries; 1055 churches; 224,821 members.
Cooper


• Retiring Moderator White's exhortation :
"Do All for the Glory of God"





 
Met in Birmingham, Alabama
June 17-20, 1991
Moderator: Hon. Mark Belz
 
1218 Commissioners representing 636 churches
798 teaching elders (65.5%) & 420 ruling elders (34.5%)
Stats: 50 Presbyteries; 1044 churches; 233,770 members.
  • Retiring Moderator Cooper's sermon : "Stengthening the Foundation"





Belz
 
Met in Roanoke, Virginia
June 15-18, 1992
Moderator: Rev. W. Wilson Benton, Jr.
 
1145 Commissioners representing 608 churches
748 teaching elders (65.3%) & 397 ruling elders (34.7%)
Stats: 54 Presbyteries; 1086 churches; 242,560 members.
• Retiring Moderator Belz's exhortation :
"Gehazi's Sermon"





Benton
 
Met in Columbia, South Carolina
June 7-11, 1993
Moderator: Hon. G. Richard Hostetter
 
1191 Commissioners representing 627 churches
805 teaching elders (67.6%) & 386 ruling elders (32.4%)
Stats: 54 Presbyteries; 1114 churches; 250,551 members.
 

• Retiring Moderator Benton's sermon :
"The Church That Christ Built"




Hostetter
 
Met in Atlanta, Georgia
June 6-10, 1994
Moderator: Rev. William S. Barker, II
 
1280 Commissioners representing 874 churches & 54 pbys
888 teaching elders (69.4%) & 392 ruling elders (30.6%)
Stats: 56 Presbyteries; 1122 churches; 260,885 members.

Barker

• Retiring Moderator Hostetter's exhortation : "Covenant Succession"
• Ad Interim Committee on PCA Communications [M22GA, 22-62, p. 223-226]
• Ad Interim Committee on Policy Questions of IAR [M22GA, 22-31, p. 181-186]
• Ad Interim Committee on Judicial Procedures [M22GA, 22-19, p. 77-85]
 
Met in Dallas, Texas
June 19-23, 1995
Moderator: Hon. Frank A. Brock
 
1108 Commissioners representing 577 churches
762 teaching elders (68.8%) & 346 ruling elders (31.2%)
Stats: 56 Presbyteries; 1142 churches; 271,263 members.

Brock


• Retiring Moderator Barker's sermon :
"The Majestic Grandeur of Christ"






 
Met in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
June 18-21, 1996
Moderator: Rev. Charles A. McGowan
 
1212 Commissioners representing 630 churches
836 teaching elders (69.0%) & 376 ruling elders (31.0%)
Stats: 56 Presbyteries; 1163 churches; 277,899 members.

 

 

 

• Retiring Moderator Brock's exhortation :
"Embrace Change"
• Clerk's Letter: Report on the 24th GA.




McGowan
Met in Colorado Springs, Colorado
June 10-13, 1997
Moderator: Hon. Samuel J. Duncan
 
1185 Commissioners representing 630 churches
820 teaching elders (69.2%) & 365 ruling elders (30.8%)
Stats: 57 Presbyteries; 1171 churches; 283,381 members.

 


• Retiring Moderator McGowan's sermon :
"As We Approach 25"





Duncan
Met in St. Louis, Missouri
June 30 - July 3, 1998
Moderator: Rev. Kennedy Smartt
Honorary Moderator: Rev. Donald B. Patterson
 
1411 Commissioners representing 723 churches
997 teaching elders (70.7%) & 414 ruling elders (29.3%)
Stats: 58 Presbyteries; 1184 churches; 289,906 members.
Smartt


• Retiring Moderator Duncan's exhortation :
"Faith and Obedience, Part 2: A Ruling Elder's Story"
• Clerk's Letter (Gilchrist): Report on the 26th GA.
• Clerk's Letter (Taylor): Actions of the 26th GA.



Met in Louisville, Kentucky
June 15-17, 1999
Moderator: Hon. Thomas F. Leopard
 
1228 Commissioners representing 643 churches
854 teaching elders (69.5%) & 374 ruling elders (30.5%)
Stats: 58 Presbyteries; 1206 churches; 299,055 members.




• Retiring Moderator Smartt's sermon :
"Passing the Torch"
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 27th GA.




Leopard
Met in Tampa, Florida
June 20-23, 2000
Moderator: Rev. Morton H. Smith
 
1367 Commissioners representing 709 churches
921 teaching elders (67.4%) & 446 ruling elders (32.6%)
Stats: 60 Presbyteries; 1,215 churches; 306,156 members.
Dr. Morton H. Smith

• Retiring Moderator's sermon : "Chainsaw Repentance" - Rev. Joe Novenson
[on behalf of retiring moderator RE Tom Leopard]
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 28th GA.
• Report of the Creation Study Committee.


Smith
Met in Dallas, Texas
June 19-22, 2001
Moderator: Hon. Steve Fox
 
1293 Commissioners representing 703 churches
919 teaching elders (71.1%) & 374 ruling elders (28.9%)
Stats: 63 Presbyteries; 1,227 churches; 306,784 members.
 

• Retiring Moderator Smith's sermon :
"A Call to Spritual Renewal--To Know Christ and the Power of His Resurrection" [Text: Phil. 3:10]
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 29th GA.
• Ad-Interim Study on Women in the Military [M29GA, p. 259-320.]



Fox
Met in Birmingham, Alabama
June 18-21, 2002
Moderator: Rev. Joseph F. (Skip) Ryan
 
1602 Commissioners representing 784 churches
1122 teaching elders (70.0%) & 473 ruling elders (30.0%)
Stats: 64 Presbyteries; 1,248 churches; 311,817 members.
Ryan



• Retiring Moderator Fox's exhortation :
"The PCA . . . A Fortified City"
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 30th GA.
• Ad-Interim Study on Women in the Military, Conclusion. [M30GA, p. 283-289.]



Met in Charlotte, North Carolina
June 10-13, 2003
Moderator: Hon. Joel Belz
 
1510 Commissioners representing 756 churches
1084 teaching elders (71.8%) & 426 ruling elders (28.2%)
Stats: 64 Presbyteries; 1,278 churches; 320,400 members.
Belz


• Retiring Moderator Ryan's sermon :
"How Not To Lose Heart"
[Text : II Corinthians 4:1-18]
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 31st GA.



Met in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
June 15-18, 2004
Moderator: Rev. Ligon Duncan
 
1357 Commissioners representing 710 churches
965 teaching elders (71.3%) & 390 ruling elders (28.7%)
Stats:67 Presbyteries; 1,288 churches; 330,182 members.

Duncan


• Retiring Moderator Belz brought an exhortation at the opening worship service of the Assembly.
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 32d GA.





Met in Chattanooga, Tennessee
June 14-17, 2005
Moderator: Hon. Howard Q. Davis
 
1580 Commissioners representing 841 churches
1049 teaching elders (66.4%) & 531 ruling elders (33.6%)
Stats: 70 Presbyteries; 1,319 churches; 331,126 members.
Davis


• Retiring Moderatorn Duncan's sermon :
"Why God Invented Elders"
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 33d GA.




Met in Atlanta, Georgia
June 20-23, 2006
Moderator: Rev. Dominic A. Aquila
 
1415 Commissioners representing 788 churches
1007 teaching elders (71.2%) & 408 ruling elders (28.8%)
Stats: 74 Presbyteries; 1,345 churches; 338,873 members.
aquila
Aquila
• Retiring Moderator Davis's exhortation :
"Onward Christian Soldiers"
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 34th GA.
• Ad-Interim Study on Strategic Planning. [M34GA, Appendix O, p. 568-630.]


Met in Memphis, Tennessee
June 12-14, 2007
Moderator: Hon. E.J. Nusbaum
 
1288 Commissioners representing 728 churches
917 teaching elders (71.2%) & 371 ruling elders (28.8%)
Stats: 76 Presbyteries; 1,372 churches; 345,582 members.
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Nusbaum
• Retiring Moderator Aquila's sermon : "The Church : Mighty in Christ"
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 35th GA.
• Ad-Interim Study on Federal Vision, New Perspective, and Auburn Avenue Theologies [M35GA, Appendix O, p. 523-567.]
Met in Dallas, Texas
June 10-12, 2008
Moderator: Rev. Paul D. Kooistra
 
1185 Commissioners representing 617 churches
881 teaching elders (74.3%) & 304 ruling elders (25.7%)
Stats: 76 Presbyteries; 1,408 churches; 340,852 members.
Rev. Paul Kooistra
• Retiring Moderator Nusbaum's exhortation : "Transformed Leaders"
[Text : Romans 12:1-3]
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 36th GA.



Kooistra
Met in Orlando, Florida
June 16-18, 2009
Moderator: Hon. Bradford L. ("Brad") Bradley
 
1081 Commissioners representing 620 churches
819 teaching elders (75.8%) & 262 ruling elders (24.2%)
Stats: 77 Presbyteries; 1,442 churches; 346,408 members.
Hon. Brad Bradley
• Retiring Moderator Kooistra brought the sermon at the opening worship of the Assembly.
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 37th GA.




Bradley
Met in Nashville, Tennessee
June 29 - July 2, 2010
Moderator: Rev. Harry Lloyd Reeder, III
 
1311 Commissioners representing 752 churches
978 teaching elders (74.6%) & 333 ruling elders (25.4%)
Stats: 79 Presbyteries; 1,455 churches; 346,814 members.
Rev. Harry Reeder
• Rev. Mark Davis brought the Retiring Moderator's sermon, on behalf of RE Brad Bradley: "Wonder of Wonders"
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 38th GA.



Reeder
Met in Virginia Beach, Virginia
June 6-10, 2011
Moderator: Hon. Daniel Carrell
 
1183 Commissioners representing 667 churches
901 teaching elders (76.2%) & 282 ruling elders (23.8%)
Stats: 80 Presbyteries; 1,466 churches; 351,406 members.
carrell03 Retiring Moderator Reeder's sermon :
"The DNA of Christ's Church" [Text: Acts 1:4-11]
Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 39th GA.




Carrell

Met in Louisville, Kentucky
June 19-22, 2012
Moderator: Rev. Michael Ross

 
1120 Commissioners representing 637 churches
832 teaching elders (74.3%) & 288 ruling elders (25.7%)
Stats: 80 Presbyteries; 1,474 churches; 356,820 members.
Rev. Michael Ross

• Retiring Moderator's Carrell's exhortation: "Generations in Community : The Challenge Before Us" [Phil. 2:1-8 & 1 John 2:15-17]
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 40th GA.
• Ad-Interim Study on Insider Movements. [M40GA, Appendix V, p. 590-681.]




Ross
Met in Greenville, South Carolina
June 18-20, 2013
Moderator: Hon. Bruce Terrell
 
1327 Commissioners representing 761 churches
1008 teaching elders (75.9%) & 319 ruling elders (24.1%)
Stats: 81 Presbyteries; 1,494 churches; 359,834 members.
terrell

• Retiring Moderator Ross's sermon :
"A Brave New World"
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 41st GA
• Ad-Interim Study on Insider Movements, Part 2. [M41GA, Appendix V, p. 627-807.]




Terrell
Met in Houston, Texas
June 17-20, 2014
Moderator: Rev. Bryan Chapell
 
1123 Commissioners representing 624 churches & 79 pbys
867 teaching elders (77.2%) & 256 ruling elders (22.8%)
Stats: 81 Presbyteries; 1,499 churches; 358,516 members.

chapell • Retiring Moderator's Sermon brought by Rev. Ray Cortese on behalf of RE Bruce Terrell — "A Beautiful Orthodoxy" [Mt. 12:1-14]
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 42d GA.
• Ad-Interim Study on Insider Movements, Conclusion. [M42GA, p. 593-785.]



Chapell

Met in Chattanooga, Tennessee
June 9-12, 2015
Moderator: Hon. James W. Wert, Jr.
 
1396 Commissioners representing 839 churches & 79 pbys
1087 teaching elders (77.9%) & 309 ruling elders (22.1%)
Stats: 82 Presbyteries; 1,534 churches; 370,332 members.
wert
• Retiring Moderator Chapell's Sermon:
"The Hiding Place."
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 43rd GA.




Wert

Met in Mobile, Alabama
June 20-24, 2016
Moderator: Rev. George Robertson
 
1316 Commissioners representing 743 churches
1029 teaching elders (78.2%) & 287 ruling elders (21.8%)
Stats: 85 Presbyteries; 1,545 churches; 374,161 members.

robertson • Retiring Moderator Wert's Exhortation:
"How Long" [Text: Habakkuk 3:16-19]
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 44th GA
• For video of the 44th Assembly, click here.




Robertson

Met in Greensboro, North Carolina
June 13-16, 2017
Moderator: Hon. Alexander Jun
 
1461 Commissioners representing 891 churches & 85 pbys
1151 teaching elders (78.8%) & 310 ruling elders (21.2%)
Stats: 86 Presbyteries; 1,566 churches; 374,736 members.





jun • Retiring Moderator Robertson's sermon:
"Disqualified"
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 45th GA
• For video of the 45th Assembly, click here
• Ad-Interim Study on Racial and Ethnic Reconciliation. [M45GA, Appendix V, p. 559-563.]
• Ad-Interim Study on Women Serving in the Ministry of the Church. [M45GA, Appendix W, p. 565-644.]

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Jun

Met in Atlanta, Georgia
June 12-15, 2018
Moderator: Rev. Irwyn L. Ince, Jr.
 
1536 Commissioners representing 902 churches
1202 teaching elders (78.3%) & 335 ruling elders (21.7%)
Stats: 86 Presbyteries; 1568 churches; 374,736 members.
ince04 • Retiring Moderator Jun's exhortation:
"Gospel Neighboring"
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 46th GA
Ad Interim Report on Racial Reconciliation
[M46GA, Appendix V, p. 596-668.]
• For video of the 46th Assembly, click here.



Ince

47th General Assembly (2019)
Met in Dallas, Texas
June 25-28, 2019
Moderator: Hon. J. Howard Donahoe
 
1616 Commissioners representing 827 churches
1209 teaching elders (74.8%) & 407 ruling elders (25.2%)
Stats: 88 Presbyteries; 1572 churches; 384,793 members.



donahoe • Retiring Moderator Ince's sermon: "Grind on for Glory" [text: 2 Cor. 4:1-6]
Overtures before the 47th GA
• Clerk's Letter: Actions of the 47th GA
• For video of the 47th Assembly, click here.





Donahoe



48th General Assembly (2020)
Will meet in Birmingham, Alabama
June 16-19, 2020
 
49th General Assembly (2021)
Will meet in St. Louis, Missouri
June 29-July 2, 2021
 
 
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