Paul Settle Tells of the Background of the PCA

St. Louis, Missouri (June 30, 1998)-One of the founders of the Presbyterian Church in America, Paul Settle recounted the history which led to the founding of the denomination. His remarks came as part of the denominational celebration of its twenty-fifth anniversary.

At one time an employee of Presbyterian Churchmen United, one of the four organizations which in 1971 called for the formation of a new church, Mr. Settle told of the struggles and tears which accompanied the efforts to reform the Southern Presbyterian Church. After many years of attempting, unsuccessfully, to call the old denomination back to the Scriptures and the Reformed faith, separation became, in the founders' eyes, the only option. Utilizing the insights of Francis Schaeffer, those who formed the PCA viewed their ecclesiastical separation as an act of "discipline in reverse" [i.e., because the minority did not have the strength or votes to remove heretics, the minority needed to separate from the erring majority as an act of discipline-Ed.]

Mr. Settle and his wife, Georgia, under the sponsorship of the Twenty-fifth Anniversary Committee, wrote a book in commemoration of the first quarter century. Georgia Settle was from the earliest days involved in the denominational Women in the Church organization. She has exhibited a keen interest in the history of the PCA, as evidenced by her taped interviews of key players in the Continuing Presbyterian Church movement and by her membership on the subcommittee overseeing the PCA Historical Center.