First Orthodox Presbyterian Church
Sunnyvale • California



Who are we?

[Officers of First OPC]

First Orthodox Presbyterian Church was established in 1955 to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to Sunnyvale and its surrounding communities.

We are orthodox. The term means straight doctrine or right teaching. It has nothing to do with orthodontia (dental work), nor are we related to the Eastern Orthodox Churches. We strive to be consistent with the truth of the Bible as expressed in the historic Christian faith. For us to be orthodox means we are confessional, holding to creeds (from Latin credo which means “I believe”) such as the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Westminster Confession and Catechisms of Faith.

We are also Presbyterian. The term “Presbyterian” refers to the form of government that is used by a church or a group of churches. It derives its meaning from the Greek word “presbyteros,” which is used throughout the New Testament in connection with the rule of the church, and is usually translated “elder.” A Presbyterian church governs its congregation by both teaching elders (the pastors) and ruling elders (mature Christian men in the congregation gifted accordingly). Together they make up the “session” and join with “sessions” of other regional churches in the home denomination in forming a “presbytery.” We are not congregational (ruled by the membership), nor hierarchical (ruled by a hierarchy of priests and bishops). We also have deacons, called ministers of mercy, who are responsible for overseeing the ministries helping those who are needy. (Visit this page to get to know our officers!)

We are a church. This means we are a local expression of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church» which in turn is a visible expression of the invisible body of Jesus Christ.

If you would like to learn more, you are welcome to join our inquirers classes anytime, or ask for the different literature we have available for you.

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