God's Word is Truth
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Rochester, NY

About Us

Our Name
Our Beliefs
Our Denomination

What's in our name?

Why Memorial?

A "MEMORIAL" stone is erected to remind us of something significant that has happened in the past. Thus to be called Memorial Church, is to be described as a remembering Church. Every time we look at one another, we are to remember what is most important: Why we exist... to Whom we belong... and to What we are called in Christ's Church.

Why Orthodox?

ORTHO means "straight" or "correct," and DOX means "honor" or "praise." Hence, ORTHODOX means, "the correct praise of the one true and living God -Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." So when we say that Memorial is an ORTHODOX Church, it means we are committed to rightly serving God according to His Word, the Bible.

Why Presbyterian?

As PRESBYTERIANS, we heartily embrace our historical ties to the great Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. This means we hold dear the great truths recovered at that time in Christ's church, such as: Our salvation is dependant on God's Grace Alone, and not on our works or merits in any way. Our justification (right standing) before God is received through Faith Alone on account of Christ's Work Alone.

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What We Believe

We believe that the central and most important teachings of the Bible are accurately summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms (Larger and Shorter) written in the 1640's. We therefore heartily and enthusiastically subscribe to these documents as our official belief concerning our awesome God and His glorious work of salvation in Jesus Christ.
 "Thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should he preached in His name to all nations." (Luke 24:46-47)

    At Memorial Church, we are dedicated to...
  • The primacy of God's inerrant Word
  • The preaching of God's sovereign grace in Christ
  • Growth in the knowledge of God's Truth
  • Growth in the practice of God's Truth
  • ...so that we might glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
    We strive to live this out in the context of:
  • Reverent God-centered worship
  • Faithful gospel witness
  • Regular believing prayer
  • Earnest pursuit of holiness
  • Christ's lordship over all of life
  • Promotion of peace and unity
  • Committed acts of service
  • Loving accountability
  • ...all in absolute dependence upon the triune God and his grace in Jesus Christ.
(see also 11 Key Beliefs as an Orthodox Presbyteriean Church)

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Denominational Affiliation

Memorial Orthodox Presbyterian Church is affiliated with the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC). We are committed to the historic Christian faith as revealed in the Bible. It is therefore, God's Word, the Holy Bible, that is our final authority as we seek to serve our Triune God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

The OPC is a member of the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council (NAPARC). NAPARC is "a fellowship that enables the constituent churches to advise, council, and cooperate in various matters with one another and hold out before each other the desirability and need for organic union of churches that are of like faith and practice." (more...)


  1. The Bible alone and in its entirety is the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God. This means:
    • The Bible alone defines what man must believe concerning God.
    • The Bible alone defines what duty God requires of man.
    • The Bible alone is our absolute and final authority at Memorial Church.
  2. There is but one true and living God who is eternal and infinite. He is one is essence and three in persons - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three persons are one God, the same in essence, and equal in power and glory.
  3. God rules over all according to His eternal purpose and for His own glory: He is absolutely sovereign.
  4. God created this world in the beginning out of nothing, by the word of His power, and all very good. God created mankind, Adam and Eve, upright and without sin to love Him and live for Him.
  5. Our first parents defied God and disobeyed Him. The sin of Adam, as the head of mankind, plunged this world into a state of sin and misery. The horrific consequences of this dreadful sin are…
    • All mankind fell into sin through Adam's first transgression.
    • All mankind are born corrupt in their entire nature, and spiritually dead to the things of God.
    • All mankind lack the required righteousness to be able to be in a right relationship with God.
    • All mankind are under God's wrath and curse for their sin and subject to all the miseries of this life, to death itself, and to the pains of hell forever.
  6. God out of His infinite love and good pleasure has not left all mankind to perish in their sin and misery. God has purposed to rescue a people out of their sin and misery by sending forth a Savior.
  7. The only Savior is the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the eternal Son of God. He, in time, took on a true human nature and became man so that…
    • He could suffer the punishment due to us for our sin by dying in our place on Calvary's cross.
    • He could fulfill all righteousness for us by living a perfectly obedient life in our place.
    • He could secure forgiveness and eternal life for us.
  8. The Lord Jesus Christ, being true God and true man, accomplished this great work for His people and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. He ascended into heaven and now applies the benefits of His perfect work to us by the almighty power of God the Holy Spirit.
  9. God is now pleased to proclaim to us what Christ has done through the preaching of the "good news" or gospel. Through the preaching of the gospel the Holy Spirit grants us new life as He…
    • convinces us of our sin and misery.
    • enlightens our minds to understand the truth of Jesus Christ and our need for Him.
    • renews our crooked will.
    • enables us to turn from sin and embrace Jesus Christ alone for our salvation.
  10. As we are enabled to receive and rest in Jesus Christ alone for our salvation, we enjoy by God's amazing grace…
    • Justification - wherein God pardons all our sin and accepts us as righteous in His sight only because of Christ's righteousness imputed to us, and received by faith alone.
    • Adoption - whereby we are received into the family of God with all the privileges of first born sons.
    • Membership in Christ's Church - wherein we join in the public worship of God; have access to His ordinances; are fed, nourished, shepherded, cared for, and equipped to be a blessing to others.
    • Sanctification - whereby we are now being renewed by God's grace and more and more enabled to die unto sin and live in a manner pleasing to God.
    • Perseverance - whereby God promises to persevere us in the faith by His grace unto the end.
    • The Promise of Glorification - wherein we are guaranteed victory over death and the certainty of our bodies being raised on the last day to fully enjoy God to all eternity.
  11. The Lord Jesus Christ will visibly return on the Last Day to raise the dead and judge everyone who has ever lived on this earth. Those who trust in Him alone for their salvation will be ushered into eternity to enjoy God forever. Those who do not trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will be judged for their sin and condemned to hell to suffer in body and soul under God's wrath forever.
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