EPC history published in honor of denomination’s 35th anniversary
In celebration of the 35th anniversary of its founding in 1981, the EPC has published Liberty in Non-Essentials: The Story of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Written by Don Fortson, Professor of Church History and Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, the book was released at the 36th General Assembly (June, 2016). Fortson has been an ordained minister in the EPC for 25 years.
Featuring a foreword by EPC Stated Clerk Jeff Jeremiah, the 250-page book includes chapters on Presbyterian history in North America; Bart Hess and Andy Jumper (key architects of the EPC); early General Assembly meetings; the denomination’s evangelical heritage, Reformed roots, and missional focus; explosive growth in the last 10 years, and more. Also included are 20 pages of full-color photos, 14 maps that illustrate presbytery development through the years, and a detailed index.
Jeremiah said the book is timely and important because for many in the EPC, the names of EPC leaders in the 1980s and 1990s are just that—names. “We praise God for the significant leadership they brought to creating a new denomination, and the entire EPC should know about them, what they did, and how they did it,” Jeremiah noted. “More than 400 churches have joined the EPC since 2007 and may not know the stories behind these dedicated servants. And for those churches God will send our way in the future, this will be a great resource for answering the question, ‘Who is the EPC?’”
Liberty in Non-Essentials is available here