About Us

North Decatur Presbyterian is a Christian community that worships, learns, and serves together: Children and adults alike sing, study Scripture, explore theological mysteries, grow in faith, engage in activism that demonstrates God’s love of justice, and witness the divine made visible in our own relationships.

A Community Committed to Love

Founded in 1955, and boasting iconic mid-century architecture (some in our Medlock neighborhood nicknamed us “the canned ham”), North Decatur Presbyterian is a 375-member PCUSA congregation that celebrates the gifts of all of God’s people, including our LGBTQI members, whose witness strengthens our collective faith. 

Our philosophy “Be The Church” recognizes that NDPC is more than buildings, pastors, elders, and staff; it’s a community that strives to act as the Body of Christ in the world. 

Our compassion and commitment to the world around us is matched by our dedication to one another. The love and support that is fostered within the congregation helps galvanize members to work to bring about a world that reflects God’s radical love for all of creation.

A Progressive Theology

We teach and share in the tradition of a Creator God who loves the world by taking human form in Jesus Christ and who sends the Holy Spirit to be with us and for us. We believe Christ’s dream for humanity is one of interdependence and mutual obligation. God loves us all — no exceptions — and God’s grace extends to people of every faith and of no faith. Our theological vision of a liberating God inspires us to work to uproot systems of dominance and oppression, with members taking active roles in the civil rights movement and Black Lives Matter, feminism, the antiwar and anti-nuclear movements, environmental justice, and full equality for the LGBTQI community.

Understanding Service

Many at NDPC say that engaging in service offers them a foretaste of “God’s kin-dom” – in which our  interconnectedness is made manifest.  This “taste of heaven” is wonderfully addictive, with members finding themselves continually drawn more deeply into service. North Decatur Presbyterian Church offers many ways to serve, both within the congregation, within the greater Atlanta area, and in the wider world.

Caring Community

Our community groups help forge and strengthen our bonds, and often lead to lifelong friendships. These groups are organized in a variety of ways: around stage of life, by gender expression, by neighborhood, or by common interest. Explore the different ways to get involved on our page, Be The Church, and find the right group for you.

Children's Education

Since our church’s founding in 1955, children have been central to the life of our congregation. We value children, and take great care of their emotional and spiritual development, as well as provide support for parents. We offer Sunday School for Children (Infancy – 5th grade) and Youth (6th – 12th grade), currently all on Zoom.

Worship

Worship is the heart of our experience at NDPC. It nourishes our spirits and prepares us to take our best selves out into the world. Our worship has traditional elements of liturgy, enhanced by stunning visual offerings by our member artists. Sermons are smart and engaging. Music is diverse in style, with a selection of traditional and gospel hymns. The vibe is friendly and engaged. Currently, all worship is online but when we meet in person, dress is come-as-you are.

Parent Support

Raising kids is hard. Raising kids in a religious tradition is even trickier. NDPC creates a space for parents from all walks of life to make friends, learn “best practices,” share resources, care for and console one another, and celebrate the beautiful burden of parenting.

Curious to know more about NDPC? Visit our next Inquirer’s Class.

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A Proud Member of the PCUSA

We are a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA). This means we participate in a wider community of Christians committed to undoing structural racism, to ordaining women and members of the LGBTQI community as pastors and elders, and to embracing scripture, tradition, science, and personal and collective experience in our search for spiritual wisdom. Being a member of the PCUSA also means that our church is led by its members. “Presbyters” (the Greek word for elder) are elected by each congregation to serve on our governing board and oversee every aspect of the church’s life. Learn more about the PCUSA.