incorporated in February 1888, First Presbyterian
Church of Minot had a very long history.
Founded on the original principles of the
traditional Presbyterian Church, the church thrived.
The church has been widely recognized as one of the
largest and community-focused Presbyterian churches
in North Dakota.
During the historic 2011 flood of Minot, the church
solidified its place in the community as one that is
here to stay and ensure the people of Minot and
surrounding area are well taken care of. As
the sole church in Minot fortunate enough to have a
"cook trailer," the church cooked and served over
35,000 meals to flood victims, workers, and anyone
else that needed it. Many of our members were
struck by the flood; however, they were the first
ones in line to volunteer to help the
community--that is what we're all about!
In 1984, First Presbyterian Church of Minot joined
the newly formed Presbyterian Church USA (PC (USA))
mainline denomination. The PC (USA)'s
theological stances made some unexpected turns and
in 2012, the session of First Presbyterian Church of
Minot decided, that it was prudent to start
prayerfully considering alternative Presbyterian
denominations. Not everyone was in favor of
leaving the PC (USA), however the majority were.
After a lengthy time of discernment and work with
the Administrative Commission of the Presbytery of
the Northern Plains an agreement was worked out to
separate the two groups who were in schism. On
October 25, 2014, the majority group (Cornerstone
Presbyterian Church) was officially released from
the PC (USA) denomination and on October 26, 2014,
became a member of The Covenant Order of Evangelical
Presbyterians (ECO) denomination with a new name:
Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. The process to be
released from the PC (USA) was an extremely
difficult and often challenging phase of the
Today, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church is thriving!
Our mission remains the same: to share the love of
Jesus Christ with our community, state, country, and
Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians' (ECO)
mission is to build flourishing churches that make
disciples of Jesus Christ. Founded in January 2012,
ECO is part of the Fellowship of Presbyterians.
During its first year, ECO welcomed 80 churches into
the denomination. The ECO movement is growing
rapidly and we are confident that it is all by the
grace of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
As of August 2016, 295 churches and 113,000 members
have joined ECO...and they keep growing!
Would you like to learn more about ECO? Check out
their website or review the Essential Tenets of the
ECO denomination. The Covenant Order of Evangelical
Presbyterians' headquarters is located in Goleta,
California at 5638 Hollister Ave, Suite 200, Goleta,
Please take the time to
watch John Ortberg during
the January 2012 ECO launch.