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The Churches of Columbia Presbytery

Boards and Commitees

CPWM Corner

Youth Files and Activities Calendar

Publications and Documents

What We Believe


History of Columbia Presbytery - 1962 to present

History of Columbia Presbytery - Historical

History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church


Important Cumberland Presbyterian Links

Find a Congregation

Current Officers:

Rev. Chris Caldwell Moderator
Rev. Jimmy Peyton Vice Moderator
Elder George Ladd Stated Clerk

The Engrossing Clerk of Columbia Presbytery is

Rev. Roger Reid

To Contact Us:

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

Website Maintained by:

 Rev. Scott Yates, 615-653-3000

Send Scott a Message



Computer Things You Should Know




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


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










Finding Christ in 2024.


May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Shower you with

 His Incredible Love and Providence. If you don't

know Him already as your personal Savior, find a church, preferably

a Cumberland Presbyterian congregation, to help you on

your journey of discovery. Your life will never be the same again.

God Bless You.




Upcoming - Columbia Presbytery



UNBROKEN - a Ministry for the Disabled and Homebound - Just because you can't join your church family doesn't mean you can't Worship our Lord in a significant and meaningful way.

NOW YOU CAN Download and print

complete sermon lessons with audio podcasts (coming later)

God Bless you.











at First Church Columbia 


Join First Church for the Wednesday WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY


Weekly, Every Wednesday, at 6:00 PM, a Church Dinner followed by Bible Study

You can Nourish Your Body, then Nourish your Soul! Please Join us!



~~~~~~~Crystal Springs Camp~~~~~~~


The Camping Environment that helps Form Christian Lives

CAMP WEBSITE:       Crystal Springs Camp | Sharing in the Spirit

Synodic Camp Registration Forms and Info Here

Camp Crystal Springs Registration Forms Here





Our Newest Church, Faith Fellowship

See pictures of our Newest Church, the Faith Fellowship

Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

See the dedication of their new building which took place on

Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 3:00 PM.


Pictures are on the Faith Fellowship page



 Revised Common Lectionary




Liturgical Calendar

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




Click Here for the Lectionary Page


The Complete Revised Common Lectionary for 2021, in PDF Format, 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.



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 213 Years Ago

February 4th, 1810


Love, Respect, and Teach our Heritage

Photo-Visit to the Birthplace Shrine Oct. 29, 2019

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


Columbia Presbytery Bulletin Board



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 Southern Tre Steakhouse, Columbia, Off the Square

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 - See details on upper part of page


CPWM Corner


The Columbia Regional Fall CPWM Regional Meeting that was to be held at the Mt. Pleasant CPWM Church on Saturday, Sept 26, 2020 has been canceled because of Covid-19.  


We pray that everyone will be safe and healthy.


Columbia CPWM Regional Officers 


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


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.

If you'd like to investigate a possible ministry path in your life, please contact your pastor or the Committee on the Ministry


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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Historical Meetings of Columbia Presbytery~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Fall 2021, Oct. 24th, 2021, at Fayetteville Church, shortened format but Productive

Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, The Covid Era

Fall Presbytery - Oct. 27th, 2019, 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




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 210th 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

Photo-Visit to the Birthplace Shrine Oct. 29, 2019

       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

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