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Current Officers:

Rev. Terry Peery Moderator
Rev. Jimmy Rochelle Vice Moderator
Rev. Roger Reid Stated Clerk

The Engrossing Clerk of Columbia Presbytery is

Elder George Ladd

To Contact Us:

Please use the hyperlink for each of the officers listed above.

Website Maintained by:

 Rev. Scott Yates, 615-653-3000

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Computer Things You Should Know




                A Community of Believers, a Family in Faith. Join us!


Get Today's Cumberland Presbyterian eVotion Daily Devotionals here....


Columbia Presbytery Upcoming Meetings




October 27th, 3 PM, Columbia Presbytery meets with Crystal Springs Camp, in Kelso, Tn.





October 12th, 11 am - 5 pm., The Green Hill CP Church is having a Fall Festival on Saturday,   

Lots of games & activities, food, yard sale, bingo, crafts, and a pantry food drive.  

 Sounds like lots of family fun and fellowship.  See attached flyer.  Please share this information with your friends and family.  The Flyer is Here


Oct. 13th, Ash Hill Homecoming, Service, Dinner, and music from Simple Men


Oct. 18 & 19, Fri and Sat, First Church Columbia FALL SALE, 9AM til 5 PM, Great Values, not just yard sale stuff, you must see this to believe it.


Oct. 26th, Saturday, Pleasant Mount, 10AM til 2 PM, Fall Festival, see Flyer


Nov. 7,8 & 9, The SYMPOSIUM, at Brenthaven CPC, Brentwood TN. See the full brochure and courses/training offered here


Nov 8, “SIMPLE MEN” will be performing at The SYMPOSIUM, Friday Nov. 8th, at Brenthaven Church

 to see their webpage, go to  SimpleMen


Please inform the webmaster when you schedule an event. We want to help you promote your activities.



Construction of Faith Fellowship Continues

Pictures will follow soon, on the Faith Fellowship page

Pray for their health and growth




Revised Common Lectionary for Remainder of 2019




Liturgical Calendar

Revised Common Lectionary copyright   1992 Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.



October 6, 2019 17th Sunday after Pentecost Green

Lam 1:1-6; Psalm 137; 2 Tim 1:1-14; Lk 17:5-10


October 13, 2019 18th Sunday after Pentecost Green

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7; Psalm 66:1-12; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19


October 20, 2019 19th Sunday after Pentecost Green

Jeremiah 31:27-34; Psalm 119:97-104 or Psalm 19; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8


October 27, 2019 20th Sunday after Pentecost Green

Joel 2:23-32; Ps 65; 2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18; Lk 18:9-14


Nov 3, 2019 Red or White 21st Sun after Pentecost-Green

 (Daylight Saving Time ends 2 a.m.)

Hab 1:1-4, 2:1-4; Ps 119:137-144 ; 2 Thess 1:1-4; 11-12; Lk19:1-10


Nov. 10, 2019 22nd Sun after Pentecost Nov.11: Veterans Day (USA) Green

Hag 1:15b-2:9; Ps 145 1-5, 17-21; 2 Thess 2:1-5, 13-17; Lk 20:27-38


November 17, 2019 23rd Sunday after Pentecost Green

Isaiah 65:17-25; Isa 12 or Ps 118; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19


November 24, 2019 Christ the King/Reign of Christ White

Jeremiah 23:1-6; Luke 1:68-79; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43


November 28, 2019 Thanksgiving Day Green

(USA) Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 100; Philippians 4:4-9; John 6:25-35


December 1, 2019 1st Sunday of Advent (Yr. A) Purple or Blue

 Isaiah 2:1-5; Ps 122; Rom 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44


December 8, 2019 2nd Sunday of Advent (Yr. A) Purple or Blue

Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12


December 15, 2019 3rd Sunday of Advent (Yr. A) Purple or Blue

Isaiah 35:1-10; Luke 1:47-55; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11


December 22, 2019 4th Sunday of Advent (Yr. A) Purple or Blue

Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25


December 24, 2019 Christmas Eve White or Gold

Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20


December 25, 2019 Christmas Day White or Gold

Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12); John 1:1-14


December 29, 2019 1st Sunday after Christmas White or Gold

 Isaiah 63:7-9; Psalm 148; Hebrews 2:10-18; Matthew 2:13-23


December 31, 2019 Watch Night/New Year (A,B,C) White or

Gold Ecclesiastes 3:1-13; Psalm 8; Revelation 21:1-6a; Matthew 25:31-46




The Complete Revised Common Lectionary for 2019, and Associated TEXTS, Liturgical Colors, etc, are contained in one concise

listing furnished by the United Methodist Church.


The Lectionary has been long formulated to allow churches and pastors to have seasonally appropriate scripture readings from the Old and New Testaments, the Psalms and the Gospels. It is a organized into a Three Year repeating cycle.





Summer Camps at Crystal Springs

Senior High Camp (for those entering grades 10 - 12) June 2 - 7

For details and how to sign up, click this link to download the flyer for the Tennessee Synod Senior High Camp:

2019 Senior High Camp.pdf

Junior High Camp (for those entering Grades 7 - 9) June 9 -14

Junior Camp (for those entering Grades 4 - 6) June 23 -28

For details and how to sign up, click this link to download the flyer for the Columbia and Murfreesboro Presbyteries Junior and Junior High Camps:

2019 Junior and Junior High Camps.pdf







to our Newest Ordained Minister


Rev. Jimmy Rochelle of Mount Pleasant Church

and his wife Pam.




by Rev. Scott Yates, Nov. 11th, 2018

The Spirit of Christian Giving ~ The People’s Table

 Friends of Columbia Presbytery, I was able to participate this week in an activity I had only heard of previously, but found to be FAR MORE rewarding than I had ever anticipated.

 In downtown Columbia, we, First Church and the Cumberland Presbyterian Churches of Columbia Presbytery, sponsor an evening of the People’s Table each month. We are generously hosted by the First Methodist Church at 222 West 7th, who have a large dining room and a commercial kitchen. Their commitment to serving the community is outstanding.

 We had people from four CP Churches in attendance, cooking, prepping, serving, and cleaning. Along with our adult members, we also had teen, and younger, folks helping. What a great lesson for the youth.

 While the target group being served is those who are disadvantaged, poor, abused, or homeless, I saw folks from every economic class, who came to have a good, nutritious, healthy and balanced meal, I truly feel that those who were serving were every bit as powerfully fed as those who were being served.

 First Church has been the primary sponsor for years, but everyone is invited to participate. I will publish a schedule of our designated nights soon, but as we approach Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, it is the perfect time to reach out to those who have less in a time of plenty.

 Jesus taught us that doing for the “Least of These” is, in itself, a Blessing, like doing it for Him. He never refused the needy, no matter their needs or social station, and we can do no less.



The Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Founded 209 Years Ago

February 4th, 1810

Love, Respect, and Teach our Heritage


Read more about our History at the bottom of our webpage.


See the Latest from the Unification Task Force

Unification Task Force Webpage

Proposed Plan for Union



Make this your place to keep up with Revivals, Singings, Yard Sales and Events in Columbia Presbytery (and Nearby Presbyteries)



NEW POSTINGS -  Check them out!




Session Clerks, Pastors, Activities Directors, email details to

See our History at the Bottom of the page

Special Prayer Concerns Listed Here

New Listings

Columbia Presbytery Bulletin Board

Record of Our ACTIVITIES

Spring 2014 Presbytery Newsletter available to Download



WEEKLY - Minister's Coffee Fellowship, 9:30 AM Tuesday at McDonald's (next to Stan's) , Hwy 99 @ I-65

MONTHLY - Ministers Fellowship Dinner on 2nd Thursday, 6:15 PM at Cracker Barrel, Columbia, I-65 Exit 46, Hwy 99

Third Saturday Night Singing - Every Third Saturday at Mt. Carmel Church - Congregational Hymn Singing - 7 PM

QUARTERLY - The Oldies Luncheon, 2nd Thursday of every Quarter at Montgomery Bell Park. Call Larry Guin for Details


CPWM Corner



Saturday, Oct. 5th , 2019, Women's Fall Retreat at Crystal Springs.


 ~~~~~~~YOUTH ACTIVITIES~~~~~~~

New Youth Coffee House OPEN at Jenkins Church

Synodic Camp Registration Forms and Info Here

Camp Crystal Springs Registration Forms Here


The PAS Place

The Cumberland Presbyterian Church has a Unique path into the Ordained Ministry, the Program of Alternate Studies, or PAS. The PAS Program allows individuals who, for whatever reason, may receive the call to ministry later in life. These individuals, young and old, men and women, are allowed, through the support of their local presbyteries, and the Denomination, to receive instruction from world class professors, most of whom are on the faculty at Memphis Theological Seminary. They usually attend classes each summer at Bethel University in McKenzie, TN, meeting with their instructors, receiving their assignments, and then completing homework assignments throughout the year.

Students have completed the coursework in as little as 2 or 3 years, or longer, like 7 years. The program has great flexibility built in, so that in the best traditions of a "tent-making" ministry, the students can work their full-time jobs, attend summer or local classes, and then, finally, serve their local home congregations, as an ordained minister. This outreach program has sustained the church in a time where churches might otherwise go without a pastor.


NEW!! The DIGEST of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Now Online!

Read the Fall 2009 Columbia Presbytery Newsletter here

* CHURCHES - Send your Activities Schedule to  for posting here *

Be sure to Check "Upcoming Events" for Homecomings, Revivals, and All Events in our Churches

Columbia Presbytery Meetings

Upcoming, Oct. 24th, 3 PM, at Crystal Springs Camp, Kelso, TN


Spring 2019

Spring 2019 Presbytery met with First Church, Columbia

Fall 2018

Fall Presbytery met with Westpoint Church

Spring 2018

Spring Presbytery met with the Mt. Carmel Church, 3 PM, Apr. 22, 2018

Fall 2017

Fall Presbytery Met with the McCains Church, 3 PM, Oct. 23rd, 2017

Spring 2017

Spring Presbytery met with the Jenkins Church, 3 PM, April 23rd, 2017

Fall 2016

Fall Presbytery Met with the Waynesboro Church, 3 PM, October 23rd 2016


Spring 2016

Spring Presbytery Met with the Mt. Joy Church, 3 PM, April 24th, 2016


Fall 2015

Fall Presbytery Met with the Mt. Moriah Church, 3 PM, October 25th, 2015

See the Updated "Boards and Committees" page for all the members


NEW!! The DIGEST of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Now Online!

Read the Fall 2009 Columbia Presbytery Newsletter here

* CHURCHES - Send your Activities Schedule to  for posting here *


SEE Our UPCOMING EVENTS (on the left) for a Complete List of Events in our Churches




There is a powerful movement with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America for Re-unification. Huntsville Presbytery of the CPCA is Convening their Meeting this week. Read all about it here

Feb. 4th, 1810

Born on the Frontier - Read about the 209 th Anniversary of the Founding of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in the documents below....

Feb 4th, 2012, Lawrenceburg CP Church held an 1860's Service for our 202nd Anniversary. Rev Jimmy Peyton read the 1868 Sermon delivered by Rev. E.B. Crisman on that year's Anniversary. Read this tremendous tribute to our heritage Here

Read Rev. E.G. Sims writing on the Founding, from The Cumberland Presbyterian, 2006 Special Edition

Read Reluctant Revolutionaries, by Rev. Scott Yates

In 1906, a flawed and failed effort  to reunite with the Presbyterian Church was attempted. Some Cumberland Presbyterians, like Judge Joe Fussell, of Columbia, TN, advocated that we continue as a separate denomination. His address to the General Assembly is here.

Feb. 4th, 1810


       Columbia is one of the many Presbyteries of the



Please click on the links to the left to find the information you need about the Columbia Presbytery

We are a Church founded on Grace, and Christ's Forgiveness. We have some of the finest people in the world in our pews. You are invited to be one of them.


Ephesians 2:8-9
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
9 not by works, so that no one can boast.


We need service times and amenity info from each congregation. Also, please send

color pictures of your churches. Thanks, Scott

© Copyright Scott Yates, 2005-2019