about

The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Milford began as an evangelistic outreach among logging families in the newly-settled town of Milford, holding its first formal service of Worship several years later on September 25, 1825 as a congregation of the United Presbyterian Church of America (now the Evangelical Presbyterian Church).
On October 2, 2016, the congregation voted to change the name from First Presbyterian Church of Milford to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Milford

More than 191 years later, the congregation continues to be at the heart of Christ’s ministry to Milford’s children, teens, and area families with a vital Sunday School, active Youth ministry, and a variety of opportunities for young adults, parents, and seniors all to become more like Christ, serve Christ, and suffer for Christ’s sake as we seek the Kingdom of Heaven together.

Let this be our invitation to you to join us in living life to the full, as we follow Jesus proclaiming the Kingdom of God.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT: Calling and equipping all peoples into a living and growing relationship with Jesus Christ to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

THE REASONS WE BELIEVE GOD ESTABLISHED THE CHURCH: The proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind; the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God; the maintenance of divine worship; the preservation of the truth; the promotion of social righteousness; and, the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world!

OUR CORE VALUES: We accept every man, woman, teen, and child in our fellowship as having been called here by the ministry of Jesus Christ: For His saving work in their life, and to work for His Kingdom… Therefore our leaders receive and lead in ministry, love and equip for ministry, and serve and support the ministry of every Christian soul the Lord Jesus has among us.

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what we believe

All Scripture is self-attesting and being Truth, requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and unified witness to God’s redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. On this sure foundation we affirm these additional Essentials of our faith:

  1. We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever!
  2. Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.
  3. The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
  4. Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.
  5. The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord.
  6. Jesus Christ will come again to the earth-personally, visibly, and bodily-to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:20)
  7. The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.” He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10)

These Essentials are set forth in greater detail in the Westminster Confession of Faith.

For more information on the history and place of the “Essentials” in the life of the EPC, see the explanatory statement below.

Explanatory Statement to “Essentials of Our Faith”*
The Westminster Confession of Faith is a confessional statement of orthodox Presbyterianism. The Westminster Confession of Faith is our standard of doctrine as found in Scripture. It is a positive statement of the Reformed Faith. The Westminster Confession of Faith constitutes a system of biblical truth that an officer of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church is required to believe, acknowledging that each individual court has the freedom to allow exceptions which do not infringe upon the system of doctrine in the Westminster Confession of Faith.

“Essentials of Our Faith” is an irenic statement of historic evangelicalism. The purpose of “Essentials of Our Faith” is to define core beliefs of the Christian Faith. It expresses historic Christian beliefs common to all true believers and churches throughout the world. “Essentials of Our Faith” is not intended to be the exclusive test of orthodoxy for ordination. It is not intended to be used as an explicit standard for minimal core beliefs for candidates, ordination or ministerial examinations. It is not to be construed as a substitute for the Westminster Confession of Faith.

Both the Westminster Confession of Faith and “Essentials of Our Faith” are important documents in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. The Westminster Confession of Faith and “Essentials of Our Faith” are not alternative statements of truth, nor are they competitive statements of truth. They each serve important and harmonious purposes within the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. The Westminster Confession of Faith preserves our commitment to the historic orthodoxy of the Reformed Faith. “Essentials of Our Faith” preserves our commitment to historic evangelicalism.

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mission partners

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE (CWS) – A cooperative ministry of 37 Christian denominations and communions in the United States, providing sustainable self-help, development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance around the world. The CWS mission is to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice at the national and international level through collaboration with partners abroad and in the US. Support Church World Service at cwsglobal.com.

DR. RUSS AND BETH WHITE, Tenwek Hospital, Kenya – “God has given us a ministry through medicine at Tenwek [Hospital] that offers unique opportunities to share Jesus with people in crisis.” (Dr. Russ White)

DR. SCOTT AND JOANN ARMISTEAD, Murree Christian School, Pakistan – Scott and Joann are currently serving on staff at Murree Christian School ministering to the children of Christian missionaries across Pakistan. In addition, Scott travels on many weekends using his medical gifts at surrounding hospitals.

JEAN WATSON – An internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, violinist, and speaker, Since 2003 Jean’s music and message of hope and healing through Christ have touched thousands of lives around the world. Her commitment in life is to bring the sound of Heaven to all who will listen. Get to know Jean at jeanwatson.com.

TRI-STATE PREGNANCY CENTER, Matamoras, PA – Providing free pregnancy testing, peer counseling and material aid to women and families. Visit the Center online at tristatepregnancycenter.org.

TRI-STATES WYLDLIFE, Milford, PA – Middle School is a time when kids make important decisions about who they are and what they believe. And so WyldLife leaders — who range from spiritually mature high school and college students to moms, dads, and retirees — consider it a privilege to be involved in their lives. We seek to model and express God’s love to our young friends by learning their names, hearing their stories and honoring their God-given desire for a life of fun, adventure and purpose. Find out more about WyldLife on our Youth Ministry page, and at younglife.org/wyldlife.

TRI-STATES YOUNGLIFE, Milford, PA – The high school years are a time when most teenagers make important life choices, including what they believe about God. And so Young Life is there in the world of high school — learning kids’ names, hearing their stories, having fun and sharing with them the great news of a God who loves them. Find out more about YoungLife on our Youth Ministry page, and at younglife.org.

WOMEN OF THE BIBLE – A dramatic, one-woman presentation that spans the lives of women across the Old and New Testaments. Acclaimed actress Anita Gutschick gives voice to the women of the Bible. Discover how she brings two great passions – faith and theater – to her work. Bear witness to their struggles, their decisions, and their encounters with God at womenofthebible.com.