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DENOMINATIONAL CHART

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Denomination



Polity


Theological Distinctives

(Liberal; Mixed; Conservative, Reformed; Charismatic; Pentecostal




Gender*

(Egalitarian or Complementarian)




Baptism*

(Pedo/Covenant, Credo/Believers, Both)




Other Distinctives


Local/Regional

Contact Information






















DEFINITIONS:

Polity: Congregational = major decisions effecting the local church (including ordination) are made by the congregation.

Episcopal = major decisions affecting the local church made by the denominational leadership; ordination approved by bishops.

Presbyterian = major decisions effecting the local church are made by the ruling elder; ordination approved by presbytery.

Theology: Categorizations of these distinctives are taken from a centrist Evangelical perspective. (See further definitions at end of chart.)

Gender: Complementarian* = the view that women may not be ordained nor have leadership positions over men.

Egalitarian* = the view that women may be ordained and/or have leadership positions over men.

(*There are modifications and variations on each of these positions.)

Baptism: Pedo/Covenant = infant baptism practiced along with adult convert baptism.

Credo/Believers = believer baptism only.



Acts 29

Varies by church [Churches can be independent or other-denomination-ally affiliated]

Reformed Evangelical

Missional

Complementarian


Depends on the congregation


A trans-denominational peer to peer network of missional church planting churches



www.acts29network.org

Matt Chandler, President



info@acts29network.org
Acts 29 Network
2111 Justin Rd Suite 106
Flower Mound, TX 75028


Advent Christian

Congregational


Conservative/

Reformed

Generally Egalitarian but varies by congregation



Credo with immersion


Fellowship vs. denomination; soul sleep & destruction of wicked.


Dr. Gordon Isaac, Prof. of Advent Christian Studies, GCTS

978-646-4099

www.adventchristian.org

Clayton Blackstone

2141 Broadway

Bangor, ME 04401



cblackstone@midmaine.com


African Methodist Episcopal

Episcopal


Mixed Conservative




Pedo-Covenant





First Episcopal District:

Bishop Richard Franklin Norris

3801 Market St., Philadelphia, PA

215-662-0506



BishopNorris116@aol.com

www.ame-church.com


American Baptist-USA

Congregational


Mixed Lib/Conservative


Egalitarian


Credo-Believers





TABCOM

Tony Pappas, Supt.

20 Milton Street
Dedham, MA 02026

781-320-8100



pappas@tabcom.org

www.tabcom.org


Anglican Church in North

America

(ACNA)

Episcopal


Conservative


Complementarian


Egalitarian as local option

Pedo-Covenant





The Rt. Rev. William Murdoch, Bishop

978-388-0009



www.allsaintsamesbury.org

Asst. to the Bishop, The Venerable Donald Roberts



droberts@allsaintsamesbury.org

www.anglicanchurch-na.org



Assemblies of God

Congregational



Charismatic



Egalitarian



Credo-Believers



Pentecostal
Northeast MA Presbyter: Randal E. Smith, randal.e.smith@verizon.net;
10 Baltimore Street
Lynn, MA 01904
tel:   781.599.6045
fax:  781.599.3325

cell: 781.632.5810



Southern New England Offices

Superintendent Otis D. Stanley

PO Box 535
Sturbridge, MA 01566

508-248-3711



ostanley@snedag.org

www.snedag.org; www.ag.org



Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP)

Presbyterian


Reformed; Conservative


Complementarian


Pedo-Covenantal


Cessationist



Dr. Alan Avera, Exec. Dir.

Outreach North America

1 Cleveland St., Ste. 110

Greenville, SC 29601

864-232-8297

www.arpchurch.org.

www.outreachnorthamerica.org



Bible Fellowship Church


Presbyterian



Conservative; Reformed



Complementarian (but women can be deacons)




Credo-Believers



Calvinist; Premillenial



Jonathon Arnold

3000 Fellowship Drive

Whitehall, PA 18052

jwarnoldsr@juno.com

610-838-3111

bfc@bfc.org



www.bfc.org


Brethren in Christ

Presbyterian


Mixed Conservative


Egalitarian


Credo-Believers


Anabaptist; affiliated w/Mennonite Central Committee



Nat’l. HQ:

www.bic-church.org



Charismatic Episcopal

Episcopal


Conservative & Charismatic


Egalitarian


Pedo-Covenant





Diocese of the Northeast:

The Most Rev. Craig Bates, Archbishop

50 St. Thomas Place


Malverne, NY 11565

516.599.3780



interny@iccec.org

www.iccec.org



Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA)

Presbyterian


Conservative


Complementarian in U.S.; in Canada women may be ordained.


Credo-Believers with immersion


Emphasis on healing ministry; Missions-focused; Pre-Millennial eschatology



Doug Bortner, NE Director & Candidate Development

973-412-7025



bortnerd@cmalliance.org

service@newenglandcma.org

www.cmalliance.org


[Independent] Christian Churches/

Churches of Christ

Congregational



Conservative; non-denominational association


Complementarian



Credo-Believers with

Baptismal Regeneration


Origin: [Stone-Campbell] Restoration Movement.





www.christianchurchtoday.com

Rev. Brent Storms

The Orchard Group – church planting.

www.orchardgroup.org



Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Congregational


Mixed

Egalitarian

Credo-Believers with immersion



Origin: [Stone-Campbell] Restoration Movement.

Lonnie Oates

718-949-5460

oatesathome@msn.com



Christian Reformed (CRC)

Presbyterian


Conservative; Covenantal; Evangelical; Reformed


Egalitarian depending on Classis (area/region)


Pedo-Covenant


Calvin College & Theo. Seminary; middle of the Reformed spectrum





www.crcna.org

Rev. Jim Osterhouse, home missions



osterhoj@crcna.org; www.crchm.org



Church of God in Christ



Pentecostal

Conservative

Complementarian although women may be licensed to preach




African American;

outreach, evangelism & missions-minded




http://www.cogic.org



Churches of God, Gen. Conf.

(CGGC)

Presbyterian


Adventist heritage;

Conservative

Egalitarian


Credo-Believers



Winebrenner Theo. Seminary;

Travis Jarrett

NewSong Comm. Ch. 65 Power Rd., Westford, MA

978.799.1125



travis@newsongs.org

www.newsongs.org

www.cggc.org

Rev. Michael Smith SENT NE Network (ERC) mike@lifequestcc.com




Church of God, Prophecy

Episcopal


Pentecostal


Egalitarian


Credo-Believers






NE Region:

Cervin McKinnon

New York

518-489-0753

Email: bishopmck@nercogop.org




Church of the Brethren

Congregational



Anabaptist/Pietist Mix



Egalitarian, varies by congregation



Credo-Believers


Triune immersion baptism, lovefeast http://www.brethren.org/about/beliefs.html



Atlantic Northeast District
Craig H. Smith, district executive
500 E. Cedar St.
Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2516
phone: 717-367-4730
fax: 717-367-8737
e-mail: kdickson@ane-cob.org



Church of the Nazarene

Episcopal


Wesleyan/Holiness


Egalitarian


Credo-Believers


Holiness


Rev. Mr. Kim Richardson

Beverly Church of the Nazarene; 978-927-2314




Church of Christ

Congregational


Conservative


Complementarian


Credo-Believers with immersion



Restorationist;



a capella worship


http://church-of-christ.org


Conservative Baptist (CBA)

Congregational





Complementarian


Credo-Believers


Pre-Trib. & Pre-Millennial eschatology




NE Region

Randy Keeley (New York)

518-935-4619

randykeeley@missionnortheast.org



Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (CCCC)

Congregational



Conservative



Both; depending on congregation



Both Credo and Pedo


NEX [New England Multiplication] is the church planting arm:jpaul@freechristian.org, 978.475.9500 (x102)



Rev. Terry Shanahan

Northeast Regional Minister



pastorths@aol.com

(603) 964-8500 www.ccccusa.org




Converge

(formerly Baptist General Conference: BGC)


Congregational


Conservative


Both; depends on congregation


Credo-Believers





Northeast District www.convergenortheast.org

Executive Minister:

Brent Allen



Admin:

Lori Allen



loriallen318@gmail.com

860.325.0495

P.O. Box 567
Granby, CT 06035



Cumberland Presbyterian

Presbyterian


Reformed; some congregations charismatic


Egalitarian


Both Credo and Pedo


African American sister denomination is Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America


In church planting mode for New England

Dr. Michael Qualls, Dir. of Alternate Studies

901-239-5674


mqualls@memphisseminary.edu
World HQ:
Cumberland Presbyterian Center, 8207 Traditional Place, Cordova, TN 38016
Phone: 901.276.4572
Fax: 901.276.3913
assembly @cumberland.org



Episcopal Church

(ECUSA)


Episcopal



Mixed/Liberal



Egalitarian



Pedo-Covenant





Diocese of Massachusetts:

Bishop M. Thomas Shaw

138 Tremont St., Boston 02111

jdrapeau@diomass.org

617-482-4826



www.diomass.org

http://ecusa.anglican.org


The Evangelical

Christian Church in Canada


Congregational



Conservative



Egalitarian



Credo-Believers


Roots found in the Christian [Disciples] Church 1804



Central Office

410-425 Lincoln Road

Waterloo, Ontario

N2J 2N9


519-880-9110

Bishop: Dr. D. Lavigne



www.cecconline.net



Evangelical Covenant (ECC)


Congregational



Mixed/


Conservative


Egalitarian



Both (pastor must teach & perform both)



North Park Seminary; Pietist tradition; variety of styles/practices



East Coast Conference Superintendent
Rev. Howard Burgoyne, Assoc. Supt.

Howard.Burgoyne@gmail.com

52 Missionary Road

Cromwell, CT 06416
860-635-2691

www.eastcoastconf.org

www.covchurch.org



Evangelical Free Church (EFCA)

Congregational


Conservative


Complementarian


Both

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; church planting

Mark Overmyer

603-731-5694

Ves Sheely, N.E. Supt.

860-678-1014



Evangelical Lutheran (ELCA)

Presbyterian


Mixed/Liberal


Egalitarian


Pedo-Covenant



In communion w/RCA, PCUSA & UCC

Rev. Peggy Weurtele, regional coord.

Philadelphia, PA

215-248-6318

peggysuew@aol.com



Evangelical Methodist

Episcopal


Conservative





Pedo-Covenant






www2.emchurch.org/exponent/index.php?section=1


Evangelical Presbyterian (EPC)


Presbyterian



Conservative



Egalitarian



Pedo-Covenant






Rev. David Cook

Northpoint EPC

Danvers, MA

978-595-1133



www.northpointepc.org

Regional Presbytery www.epceast.org

Ronald Meyer (Stated Clerk)
703-356-4560
rmeyer@4thPres.org



Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

Congregational


Conservative


Practicing Complementarian but allows ordained women deacons


Credo-Believers


Church planting arm: GROW New England



Jack Brown, pastor & GROW New England rep.
North Shore Bible Church
Essex, MA
northshorebible@gmail.com


Foursquare Gospel



Pentecostal


Egalitarian


Credo-Believers






Rev. John Hatcher

877-337-8157



snegland@foursquare.org


General Assn. of Regular Baptists (GARB)

Congregational


Conservative Fundamentalist


Complementarian


Credo-Believers






Pastor Bradley Quick

Elyria, OH

440-458-5128



Independent Bible Churches

Congregational


Conservative/

Fundamentalist

Complementarian


Credo-Believers









International Council of Community Churches


Congregational







Rev. Michael Livingston, Executive Director

21116 Washington Parkway


Frankfort, Illinois 60423
Email: icccml@sbcglobal.net (815)464-5690
(815)464-5692 Fax
www.icccusa.com


Korean Evangelical Holiness




Pentecostal


Complementarian


Credo-Believers






Timothy Bell, Regional Director

Shippenville, PA

814-797-2088

timbell@csonline.net



Korean-American Presbyterian (KAPC)

Presbyterian


Mixed



Pedo-Covenantal


Korean/American; member of North American Presbyterian & Reformed Council




www.kapc.org



Lutheran Church

Missouri Synod

Presbyterian (but Congregational in many functions)


Conservative


Complementarian


Both

*“concordia” = walking together


New England District:

Rev. James Keurulainen

400 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01109

info@ned-lcms.org

http://ned-lcms.org/

413-783-0131




Mennonite



Mixed



Credo-Believers






Mennonite Conference Center

215-723-5513



info@easterndistrict.org


Moravian

Presbyterian


Mixed



Both Pedo & Credo





Rev. Gary Straughan

President of Eastern District

800-732-0591

gary@mcnp.org or edeb@mcnp.org

www.moravian.org



National Baptist Convention

(NBC-USA)

Congregational


Mixed Conservative








primarilyAfrican American


Rev. Wayne Gadie


Unity Baptist Assoc.
20 Hillside Ave.
Malden, MA



National Assn. of Congregational Christian Churches

(NACCC)


Congregational



Mixed







National Office:

8473 South Howell Avenue
PO Box 288
Oak Creek, WI 53154-0288
Phone: 1.414.764.1620
Fax: 1.414.764.0319
Email: naccc@naccc.org



Orthodox Presbyterian (OPC)

Presbyterian


Reformed; Conservative


Complementarian


Pedo-Covenantal



Member of N. American Presbyterian & Reformed Council and the Intl. Council of Reformed Churches; cessasionist

The Orthodox Presbyterian Church
Box P
Willow Grove, PA 19090-0920
215/830-0900

www.opc.org


Plymouth Brethren

Congregational


Mixed/


Conservative






Separatist




http://plymouthbrethren.org


Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)

Presbyterian


Reformed; Conservative


Complementarian


Pedo-Covenantal


Cessationist



www.pcanet.org
1700 North Brown Road, Lawrenceville, GA  30043
Telephone:  678-825-1000
Fax:  678-825-1001
Email:  ac@pcanet.org



Presbyterian Church of Korea

Presbyterian


Mixed




Pedo-Covenantal











Presbyterian Church in the

USA (PCUSA)


Presbyterian



Reformed; Mixed



Egalitarian



Pedo-Covenantal



In communion

w/RCA, ELCA & UCC; “ecumenical”


The Presbytery of Southern New England

Rev. Dana Lindsley, Exec. Presbyter



danalindsley@psne.org

123 Elm Street, # 200, Old Saybrook, CT 06475


860- 388-0874

Local pastor: Rev. Rob John robmjohn@aol.com

978-921-5245



Progressive National Baptist Convention

(PNBC)

Congregational


Mixed Liberal


Egalitarian


Both

African American

Civil rights & social justice



Dr. Tyrone S. Pitts

601 50th Street, N. E.

Washington, D. C.

District of Columbia

USA 20019

(202) 396-0558






Reformed Church in America (RCA)

Presbyterian



Reformed; Mixed



Egalitarian





Pedo-Covenantal



In communion w/ELCA, PCUSA & UCC; the more liberal of the Reformed denominations; “ecumenical”


www.rca.org


Religious Society of Friends (Quaker)

Congregational


Mixed

Egalitarian






www.evangelical-friends.org

Dr. John P. Williams, Jr. – Eastern Region representative

330-493-1660




Salvation Army


Episcopal



Conservative




Egalitarian



Do not Baptize


Arminian; military organization & terminology

Articles of War”; strong hands-on ministry or help and mercy.

Lt. Colonels Fred & Barbara Van Brunt, Divisional Commanders

147 Berkeley St.

Boston, MA 02116

617-542-5420 (operator)

www.salvationarmyusa.org



Southern Baptist (SBC)

Congregational


Mixed/


Conservative

Either; varies by congregation


Credo-Believers with Immersion


Dispensational




Baptist Convention

of New England

508-393-6013, ext. 224

jwideman@bcne.net

www.sbc.net



Sovereign Grace Ministries

Presbyterian


Conservative; Reformed; Charismatic


Complementarian


Credo with Immersion



Church planting, voluntary apostolic, relational oversight of local church networks.


Bauer Evans bevans@crosswayma.org (508) 226-5312

www.sovereigngraceministries.org


Transformation Ministries

Congregational


Conservative


Egalitarian; may vary by congregation


Credo-Believers



An association of churches focusing on Leadership, Church health & Kingdom Expansion

Dr. Dale Salico

970 E. Village Oaks Dr. - Suite 101

Covina, CA 91724

dsalico@transmin.org;

800-299-3448

www.transmin.org



United Church of Christ (UCC)

Congregational


Mixed/Liberal


Egalitarian


Pedo-Covenantal






Rev. Jim Antal
1 Badger Road
Framingham, MA 17020
508-875-5233

macucc@macucc.org

http://www.macucc.org



United Methodist (UMC)

Episcopal


Mixed

Egalitarian

Pedo-Covenantal


Wesleyan


Bishop Peter D. Weaver

New England Conference

276 Essex Street 5th Floor
Lawrence, MA 01840-1516

communicate@neumc.org


United Reformed Churches of North America

Presbyterian


Reformed;


Conservative

Complementarian


Pedo-Covenant


CRC roots



Federation Clerk Rev. Bradd L. Nymeyer

227 1st Ave. SE

Sioux Center, IA 51250

statedclerk@urcna.org

Telephone & Fax: (712) 722-1965 www.urcna.org




Vineyard Christian Fellowship

Congregational


Pentecostal; Conservative


Egalitarian


Credo-Believers


Roots: Calvary Chapel & John Wimber; Quest for the Radical Middle



Eastern Region Overseer

Rev. Phil Strout

Pathway Vineyard Church
9 Foss Road
P. O. Box 1610
Lewiston, ME 04241
207-784-9500

www.pathwayvineyard.com

www.vineyardusa.org



Wesleyan


Episcopal


Conservative


Egalitarian


Pedo-Covenantal


Holiness emphasis

Arminian


District Superintendent

Rev. W. Paul James

793 Corinth Rd.

Queensbury, NY 12804



ds@enynewesleyan.org

518-793-4565



www.enynewesleyan.org


Willow Creek Association



A network of 12,000+ churches from 90 denominations and 35 countries.

Evangelical


Non-specified


Non-specified



“…what unites…is a passion for God and a pioneering spirit.”




www.willowcreek.com


Further Definitions:
The terms “Conservative“, “Charismatic” and “Pentecostal” carry with them the assumption that these denominations are also Evangelical.

* Egalitarian or Complementarian. In denominations, particularly with a congregational system of polity, the emphasis or practice of a given view varies from congregation to congregation. For our purposes here the focus of these views has to do with a denomination’s stand on women in leadership, particularly ordained pastors. Egalitarian would mean they are in favor of women in the pastorate; Complementarian would mean they are not in favor of it.


© Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Placement Department. Any additions, corrections, deletions or suggestions may be submitted to Dr. Katherine Horvath, Director of Career Services, at 978-646-4119 or via e-mail at khorvath@gordonconwell.edu.



© Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2015



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