Presbyterian Church (USA)
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), or PC(USA), is a mainline Protestant Christian denomination
Christian denomination
A Christian denomination is an identifiable religious body under a common name, structure, and doctrine within Christianity. In the Orthodox tradition, Churches are divided often along ethnic and linguistic lines, into separate churches and traditions. Technically, divisions between one group and...

 in the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. Part of the Reformed tradition, it is the largest Presbyterian
Presbyterianism refers to a number of Christian churches adhering to the Calvinist theological tradition within Protestantism, which are organized according to a characteristic Presbyterian polity. Presbyterian theology typically emphasizes the sovereignty of God, the authority of the Scriptures,...

 denomination in the U.S. The PC(USA) was established by the 1983 merger of the former Presbyterian Church in the United States
Presbyterian Church in the United States
The Presbyterian Church in the United States was a Protestant Christian denomination in the Southern and border states of the United States that existed from 1861 to 1983...

, whose churches were located in the Southern and border states, with the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America
United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America
The United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America was the largest branch of Presbyterianism in the United States from May 28, 1958 to 1983...

, whose congregations could be found in every state.

With 2,077,158 members and 13,462 ordained
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Minister of religion
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s in 10,657 congregations in 2009, the reunited denomination is the most visible and influential Presbyterian denomination in North America.