Our mission is defined by the Great Commission of Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:18-20, which commits us to person-winning (evangelism and discipleship), family winning (church planting and Christian education), culture winning (world and national evangelization), and Christian reconstruction, making the world's nations Christ's disciples.
We strive to be faithful to the Creation Mandate of Genesis 1:28 and the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20, which together comprise a unified directive to the church. Our God-given purpose is, by God's Word and Spirit, to renew every idea, activity, relationship, and institution of human existence, beginning with the heart.
The focus of our church's life, fellowship, worship, work, and mission is GOD IN CHRIST, who is "the Savior of the world" and "the King of kings, and Lord of lords." We strive, with the help of the Holy Spirit, not to be doctrine-centered, law-centered, church-centered, or man-centered; rather, we strive to be Trinity-centered in all we are and do, because "of Him, through Him, and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever."
Chalcedon Presbyterian Church holds to the original Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms without hesitation or embarrassment. We believe that this confession and its catechisms contain the system of revealed truth taught in the Bible. We embrace the command of God to defend, expound, and apply that system of truth.
We believe that God has promised His church a glorious future in Jesus Christ. We look forward to the future, knowing that, with all its struggles and victories, it belongs to the faithful people of God (1 Corinthians 3:21-22). We are future-oriented in our present responsibilities and ministries.
Our vision for life and the future is determined by the promises of God's covenant and of Christ's kingdom. We pray that God will use us to spread the covenantal blessings of salvation throughout the world (Ps. 227-28; Gal. 2:7-29). We believe that the kingdom of Christ and the preaching of that kingdom will leaven the whole loaf of human life and society as it advances toward total victory (Mark 4:21-32).
We work, pray, and hope for the day when the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea (Isaiah 11:9).
Pastor Morecraft has been Chalcedon's minister since its inception. Pastor Morecraft is a preacher of the gospel and a noted lecturer on contemporary political and historical trends in the United States. Pastor Morecraft has produced the first comprehensive commentary on the Westminster Larger Catechism. This five volume set titled Authentic Christianity dissects and explains the teachings of this oft-neglected encyclopedia of biblical truth for today's readers in language they can understand. His published works also include two books - How God Wants Us to Worship Him: a Defense of the Bible as the Only Standard for Modern Worship, and With Liberty and Justice for All: Christian Politics Made Simple. He has also published hundreds of articles and is currently the Executive Editor of the Counsel of Chalcedon, a reformed magazine. Pastor Morecraft was born in 1944 and is a native of Madison, West Virginia. Pastor Morecraft holds a B.A. in history from King College in Bristol, Tennessee, a M.Div from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, and a M.Th. and Th.D. from Whitefield Theological Seminary in Lakeland, Florida.
Ordained by the Presbyterian Church in the United States, Pastor Morecraft has pastored churches in Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia. He has been the pastor of Chalcedon Presbyterian Church since 1974 and has assisted in the planting of other churches in the Atlanta area. Pastor Morecraft conducts seminars and conferences around the nation. He has also addressed civic, medical, military, political, religious, and educational groups around the world, in such places as Scotland, England, Germany, El Salvador, South Africa, Cypress, Ukraine, Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, and Ecuador. He speaks on a variety of theological, historical, and social issues.
In addition to the two books already listed, Pastor Morecraft has also published a book in South Africa, Liberation Theology: Prelude to Revolution, and has authored numerous articles on national defense, international relations, constitutionalism, and various economic and social issues. He has also contributed a chapter in D. James Kennedy's A Nation in Shame; a chapter in A Comprehensive Faith: An International Festschrift for R.J. Rushdoony, and a chapter in The Theology of Christian Resistance.
Pastor Morecraft has served on the Board of Advisors for the Plymouth Rock Foundation, the North Georgia Reformation Center, the Christian Public Policy Council, and the Larry McDonald Memorial Foundation. He has also served on the Board of Managers of The Lord's Day Alliance of the United States and the Board of Reference of The Christian Film and Television Commission.
Pastor Morecraft and his wife Becky have four children and ten grandchildren.
Chalcedon believes that Christ, the Head of the church, has appointed a government in the hands of church officers for the edification of His church and the perfecting of the saints. Chalcedon is shepherded by elders elected by the congregation to represent Christ and to administer His Word.
The Session currently consists of four ruling elders and two teaching elders.
Chalcedon's deacons oversee the health, education, and welfare ministries of the church. They work to implement the compassionate heart of the church in the lives of those in need.
Chalcedon's current Diaconate consists of three deacons.