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The Presbytery of the Western Reserve, a regional governing body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), serves forty-five congregations, one new church development and about 9,200 members in Northeastern Ohio. Bordered by Lake Erie on the north coast, the Presbytery includes the Greater Cleveland metropolitan area, Lorain, Ashtabula, small towns and rural communities.
Assumptions Guiding Our Ministry Together:
God has placed us here in Northeast Ohio.
God has not abandoned the world.
God has given each congregation particular gifts.
Together we are called to be the body of Christ to equip one another for ministry, to be Christ in and for the world.
Linda Badger Becker
Transitional General Presbyter
Click here to see Linda’s bio; we would encourage you to read it and begin to get to know her.
Proposed Amendments to the Constitution
Download the proposed amendments to the Constitution approved by the 221st General Assembly (2014) and recommended to the presbyteries for their vote.
Request for Proposals
Presbyterian SELF-DEVELOPMENT OF PEOPLE Grants
The Presbytery of the Western Reserve in Northeast Ohio invites proposals for funding by the Presbyterian Self-Development of People program from local grass-roots groups who are organizing for their economic and social empowerment and to create a more just community. By our support of such efforts we seek to show the love and justice of Jesus Christ, as reflected particularly in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 25.
Click here to view / print a copy of the letter of invitation and the proposal guidelines
Completed proposals for consideration in Spring 2015 must be returned to the Presbytery office by Friday, January 30th at 4:00p.m
In the case of inclement weather, the operating hours of the Presbytery office may be reduced.
If Cleveland State University is closed due to the weather, the Presbytery office will most likely be closed as well. Call before coming to the office to ensure someone is here to greet you.
Normal operating hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
First Annual Presbytery of the Western Reserve Hunger Action Day
February 21, 2015, 9:00am-3:30pm
Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church, 5312 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst
All leaders and youth interested and/or active in hunger ministry are invited and welcome to attend this event.
To register, click here: http://goo.gl/forms/SDERvCYVtO or paste this link into your browser: goo.gl/forms/F7rTDiLJuI Please register by February 16, 2015. Limited onsite registrations will be accepted. Please direct questions to Laura VanDale, Presbytery Hunger Action Advocate, at
Advocacy 101 – Providing direct assistance to hungry people through churches and charities is vital, but is not enough to end hunger. Raising our voices of faith to attack the deep structural causes and ultimately eliminate hunger and poverty is equally vital. Come learn about federal and state policies that directly affect hunger and poverty in our own backyard and around the world, and get the tools to take action and make a difference in the world!
Food and Fellowship in the Neighborhood – Practical advise on how to start a church garden, how to establish a food pantry, and how to work efficiently with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Techniques will be shared that have been used to make it a welcoming and hopeful experience for the pantry guests.
Christians in the Marketplace – Consumer: this is what the economist calls you. But each of us has already been called and named by our Creator and it is our Christian identity that is to animate us. This workshop will propose a few practices, both spiritual and practical, to navigate as Christians in our globalizing, free-market economy.
Lunch and snacks will be provided. Vegetarian options will be available.
Cost to attend is only $5.00 per person, which will be collected at the door the day of the event. Cash or checks accepted. Make checks payable to: Presbytery of the Western Reserve.