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Our History

The United Presbyterian Church of North America began missionary work in Pakistan in 1834 in the Ludhina region. A year after JC Lowrie, the first Presbyterian missionary in the country, moved from Ludhiana to Lahore. In 1849 John Newton and Charles Forman went to the same region to work as missionaries. Soon they extended their work to Rawalpindi. His efforts resulted in the founding of the Lahore Church Council. In 1904, long before other Presbyterian communities, the Council of Churches of Lahore, formerly part of the United Presbyterian Church, was absorbed into the United Church of North India.In 1855 the United Presbyterian Mission of the United States opened work in Lahore with Andrew Gordon as a missionary; two years later he established a mission station in Sialkot, where he was joined by other missionaries. Schools and an orphanage were opened by the missionary group. In 1859 the Presbytery of Sialkot was formed. The "Sialkot Conventions", promoted by the church, have been held since 1904 and are recognized as fundamental to the strengthening and dissemination of the Christian faith in Pakistan. The Psalms used in the Sialkot Hymnbookwith Convention, as well as hymns in Punjabi and Urdu as Indian songs are widely used in all Protestant churches in the country. The church grew, and other presbyteries were established. In 1893 the Synod of Punjab (SP) was formed as one of the synods of the United Presbyterian Church of North America. The SP founded the Gujranwala Theological Seminary, which became a merged seminary in 1954, which went on to serve for the training of ministers of various Protestant denominations in Pakistan such as the Church of Pakistan and Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Pakistan. The same synod became autonomous in 1961 forming the United Presbyterian Church of Pakistan (1855-1993). In 1968, as a result of the movement opposing McIntire's Liberal Theology, part of the members split off and founded the United Presbyterian Church of Pakistan. In contrast the United Presbyterian Church of Pakistan (1855-1993) became administratively independent of the North American church.On November 18, 1993, and the Lahore Church Council (which at the time was affiliated with Church of Pakistan) merged again and formed the present Presbyterian Church of Pakistan (PCP).The Presbyterian Church of Pakistan is known for its work in evangelism, education, health care, literacy, agriculture and social welfare. Evangelism is done by pastors, evangelists and lay workers and includes training church members, planting new churches for growth and building churches and pastoral houses. The Church's educational work suffered from the nationalization of schools in 1972, but the church established new primary, middle, and high schools for boys and girls, and pensions for students. The church maintains two hospitals and provides education and healthcare for the people. The denomination began literacy work in Pakistan, which is now carried out by an NGO, and continues to cooperate with the government to promote literacy. The Presbyterian Church is also the initiator of theological education in Pakistan, through a seminar for candidates for the ministry and lay extension classes.In addition, the church has agricultural services focused on helping peasants with production techniques, seed conservation and fertilizers. The church has around 500,000 members and 24 presbyteries, making it the largest Presbyterian denomination in the country.