Presbyterians of the Past

Archive - January 2018

Presbyterian Polity is Shepherding

Presbyterian polity is shepherding. It is care of the sheep of Christ’s flock using a connectional relationship with graduated levels of oversight. The fundamental unit for all aspects of shepherding is the elder. The...

W. H. Fentress, 1851-1880

Seminary education in the nineteenth century was challenging especially as developed and standardized by the Presbyterian Church’s first seminary established in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1812. The curriculum included...

Michael D. Kalopothakes, 1825-1911

Michael Demetrius Kalopothakes was born in Aeropolis, Laconia, Greece, December 17, 1825. At the time of his birth the Greeks were involved in a revolution for independence from the Ottomans who had ruled them since the...

J. Gresham Machen, France 1918

At seven in the morning of the sixteenth of January one-hundred years ago today, J. Gresham Machen set sail from New York for the purpose of providing United States troops with spiritual counsel and gospel witness while...

John Wesley Ischy, 1885-1973

John Wesley was born February 1, 1885 to Jacob and Elizabeth Roth Ischy in their home just across the Ohio River from West Virginia in Hannibal, Ohio. Both Jacob and Elizabeth were immigrants from German-speaking Bern...