Who are we? Where did we come from? Those are questions asked by those who want to know about the roots of their family. They are also the type of questions that ought to be asked by those who care about the church, and in particular, The Presbyterian Church in America.
One of the major events in PCA history was the joining and receiving of The Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Synod (RPCES) in 1982. That event brought the PCA its own seminary (Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri), its own college (Covenant College on Lookout Mountain, Georgia), scores of churches and ministers, and a history of theological discussion found in its records and position papers. Those whose credentials were originally held in the RPCES have served and continue to serve in high leadership positions in the PCA. Anyone who wants to fully understand the PCA must be versed in the history of the RPCES. For instance, the current debate about commissioning deaconesses has its roots in RPCES history.
One of the books I read as I prepared for ordination was an out-of-print book entitled, The History Behind the RPCES by George P. Hutchinson. I have often lamented that men preparing for ministry today do not have access to the book, that is, until now. Recently, friend and colleague, Wayne Sparkman, who leads the PCA Historical Center in St. Louis, Missouri announced that the book is available on line and can be downloaded in pdf format (each chapter is a separate pdf). This should be required reading for every person seeking ordination in the PCA and every minister transferring his credentials into the PCA.
The book is available at this link: PCA Historical Center: The History Behind the RPCES, by George P. Hutchinson