First Presbyterian Church of Holland expresses its core beliefs and values through the following statements:
We value creative worship in the Presbyterian tradition.
We strive to be nonjudgmental and respectful in our differences.
We unconditionally welcome all people to Christ’s table.
We welcome and encourage all members to participate in the leadership of FPC.
We encourage spiritual growth through worship, small groups, mission, experience, fellowship, prayer, discussion and honest questioning.
We value strengthening community through working, playing and eating together.
We value sharing God’s abundant grace and love in Jesus Christ today more than we value striving for salvation tomorrow.
We commit to outreach ministries through volunteering our time, talents and treasures.
We engage together in thoughtful Biblical and theological reflection on social and global issues, and encourage individual response.
We are proudly a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
We embrace the vibrant energy of our youth and nurture them to be leaders in the body of Christ.
Presbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. Our heritage, and much of what we believe, began with the French lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking that came before him. Calvin did much of his writing from Geneva, Switzerland. From there, the Reformed movement spread to other parts of Europe and the British Isles. Many of the early Presbyterians in America came from England, Scotland and Ireland. The first American Presbytery was organized at Philadelphia in 1706. The first General Assembly was held in the same city in 1789. The first Assembly was convened by the Rev. John Witherspoon, the only minister to sign the Declaration of Independence.
Some of the principles articulated by John Calvin remain at the core of Presbyterian beliefs. Among these are: