The Presbyterian Church (USA), or PC(USA), is a mainline Protestant Christian denomination in the United States. A part of the Reformed tradition, it is the largest Presbyterian denomination in the U.S., and known for its relatively progressive stance on doctrine. The PC(USA) was established by the 1983 merger of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, whose churches were located in the Southern and border states, with the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, whose congregations could be found in every state.
The denomination had 1,572,660 active members and 20,077 ordained ministers in 9,642 congregations at the end of 2015. This number does not include the inactive members also affiliated. The PC(USA) remains the largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States. In 2015, Pew Research estimated that 1% of the U.S population self-identify as PC(USA). The PC(USA) is a member of the National Council of Churches, the World Communion of Reformed Churches, the World Council of Churches (WCC), and Christian Churches Together. Denominational offices are located in Louisville, Kentucky. The WCC reports that the PC(USA) has a higher possible number of 1.9 million members
North Alabama Presbytery (NAP) is a regional governing body or lower judicatory that is made up of twenty-nine Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations and 2 New Church Developments in the northern third of the state of Alabama. NAP is one of thirteen presbyteries in the Synod of Living Waters, which consists of presbyteries in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. The synod is one of sixteen that make up the Presbyterian Church (USA).
The Synod of Living Waters is aMid-Council of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is formed from the Presbyterian Churches found in the four state area of Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky as well as parts of Arkansas and Missouri. Named for the abundance of water resources found in the region, the Synod is comprised of twelve presbyteries. Devoted to Jesus Christ, they seek to help congregations and ministries thrive in worship and mission.