International Presbyterian Church

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The International Presbyterian Church is a Reformed church in Europe, that holds to the Presbyterian confession of faith, with common commitments, purpose and accountability and government.


The church was founded by Francis Schaeffer as a missionary of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in the United States. Schaeffer and his wife began L'Abri ("the Shelter") and then started the International Presbyterian Church, they moved from Switzerland to England, bringing the church with them. The first congregation started in Ealing in 1969,[1] they also created congregations among Korean-speaking people, including the London Korean Church.[2][3][4]

Missionaries for the church worked in Timisoara, Tirgiu Jui, Verona, Italy, Ghent, Belgium and Baku, Azerbaijan.[5][6]

Recently in 2012 dissatisfied evangelical groups from the Church of Scotland in Inverness joined the denomination.[7]


The IPC has four presbyteries, namely a British Presbytery, a European Proto-Presbytery, Korean Presbytery and a South-Korean Proto-Presbytery.[8]

The British Presbytery comprises thirteen English-speaking congregations in the United Kingdom, they are:


  • Derby
  • Ealing
  • Liss
  • Shepherd's Bush
  • Southall
  • Leeds
  • Ilford
  • Brentford
  • York


  • Aberdeen
  • Inverness
  • Kyle of Lochalsh
  • Larbert

These Presbyteries form a Synod.[9]


The five statements of the Reformed doctrine:

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "IPC, founded by Francis Schaeffer, London congregation seeks to expand - The Aquila Report". 12 November 2012.
  2. ^ Johannes a Lasco Library. "Address data base of Reformed churches and institutions". Retrieved 2013-05-07.
  3. ^ "International Presbyterian Church". 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2013-05-07.
  4. ^ Fasse, Christoph. "Address data base of Reformed churches and institutions".
  5. ^ a b "International Presbyterian Church". 2012-11-23. Retrieved 2013-05-07.
  6. ^ "St Peters International Presbyterian Church - PRESBYTERY". Retrieved 2013-05-07.
  7. ^ "Christians Together : Highland International Church open for service".
  8. ^ IPC, The (6 April 2016). "Our Churches".
  9. ^ a b "What is the International Presbyterian Church?".
  10. ^ "International Presbyterian Church". International Presbyterian Church.