Covenant Presbytarian Church

What we Believe
In the Trinity...
We believe in one God in three Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, the same in substance and equal in power and glory. We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, God manifest in the flesh, God and man with two distinct natures and one Person forever. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, Who participates with the Father and the Son in all works of creation, providence and redemption.
In the Fall of Man...
We believe that all mankind is in a state of sin and misery as a result of Adam’s first sin. The corruption of man’s nature, all actual transgressions and consequent death proceed from Adam’s original sin. “By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (ROMANS 5:12)
In God’s Plan of Redemption…
We believe that the only Savior from this state of sin and death is the Lord Jesus Christ, Who through His redeeming work, purchased our salvation. “Christ died for our sins-He was buried-He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.”

(I CORINTHIANS 15:3,4) We believe in the personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to consummate God’s plan of salvation for those who believe.
In the Holy Scriptures…
We believe that the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God and the only and infallible rule of faith and practice. “The Supreme Judge, by whom all controversies of religion are to be determined, …and in whose sentence we are to rest, can be no other but the Holy Spirit speaking in the Scripture.”
Church Elder
Pastor Tim Gregson

Pastor Tim GregsonWhen Tim Gregson was fourteen, a church friend challenged him to consider the ministry.  After they prayed together, Tim felt convicted to pursue such a calling.  The internal call was confirmed in the external church by the doors that opened to him.  After graduating from high school (1965) he immediately entered into The Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church (in Philadelphia at that time). Three years later (1968) he was admitted into Penn State University.  While at the Abington Campus he helped to form The Alternative Coffeehouse ministry.  But two years later, when he moved on to the main campus at State College, he quickly was invited by Campus Crusade for Christ to serve as lecturer of “advanced” classes, where he attempted to instill in hearts the need for all Christians to be joined to a true church of Jesus Christ. 
Shortly after graduation from college, he was requested to minister to a group in Bridgewater, Virginia, while he pursued licensure in the presbytery of Philadelphia (November, 1972). Tim was ordained in May of 1973 by the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic when the Bridgewater group became a stated church (Berea Presbyterian Church).  It was there also that in June, 1974, he married Cindy Puffenbarger, who had just graduated from Radford College, trained in music education and organ.  Under the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic Berea laid the groundwork for the Machen Retreat and Conference Center.  Tim assisted in the organization of a crisis pregnancy center in Harrisonburg, VA; and served Blue Ridge Christian School, as vice president of the board for its first seven years. He was hospital chaplain in Harrisonburg and also the chaplain in the local chapter of the Christian Motorcyclist’s Association. He was asked to minister to an independent church in Staunton, VA, that had lost its pastor (Covenant Community Church). The ministry resulted in Covenant becoming Staunton Orthodox Presbyterian Church under the oversight of the Mid-Atlantic Presbytery. In addition, Pastor Gregson ministered as a short-term missionary to South Korea and to Eritrea.  
Then in June of 2002, after 30 years in Virginia, Tim was called to be the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church here in Amsterdam, New York (where Cindy also became the choir director and organist). He has ministered as a chaplain at the local Baptist Retirement Home, and served in the New York-New England Presbytery on its Candidates and Credentials committee; and has served as its moderator for six terms until Fall of 2014.  Tim and Cindy have raised a family of five children, one boy (the oldest) and four girls with 13 grandchildren. 

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