Presbyterianism can be traced back to the French lawyer, John Calvin, in the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. The church’s heritage and much of what the members believe comes from his writings.
Rev. Jonathan Mitchell, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Maryville, said Presbyterians are a caring community of believers who have a passion for sharing God’s love with each other and with the world.
The first Presbytery in the United States was established in 1706. As the nation expanded, churches began organizing all across the country.
The Civil War brought a division among the church and two branches were created but were reunited many years later.