Mission Council Proposes New Presbytery Strategy

The Mission Council has been prayerfully engaged in the transitional work of discerning what God is calling the Presbytery to be and do for the next three to five years. 

Mission Council invites input from members of the Presbytery prior to presenting a strategy for approval at the November 23 meeting of the Presbytery.

Prayerfully consider the proposed strategy and kindly send your comments by November 2nd, to Lee Lohr (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) who will compile these for Mission Council’s consideration.

Click pdf here (179 KB)to download the proposed strategy as a PDF.
Click document here (27 KB) to download the proposed strategy as a Word Docx.

Responding to the Syrian crisis
Peace and Global Witness - Create a world of Peace

Peace be to the WHOLE community, and love with faith— Ephesians 6:23

In the past two weeks, many Presbyterians have inquired about how the Peace & Global Witness Offering might be used to help Syrian refugees. Part of this year’s offering will be used to support Syrians displaced by violence. In order to help you interpret this work in your congregation, we are providing a minute for mission and bulletin insert specifically lifting up these efforts. These materials can be accessed here.

During this Season of Peace, the Syrian refugee crisis has provided a striking example of the need for Christ’s peace in the world. If you need additional information or materials for the Peace & Global Witness Offering, call 800-524-2612 or email.

In addition, if your congregation is so moved by the tragedy of the Syrian crisis, the 25 percent of this offering that is traditionally retained by the congregation can be contributed to our shared witness to Christ’s peace among Syrians displaced by violence by including it when you remit your gift.

Thank you for your support of the Peace & Global Witness Offering. 

The 222nd General Assembly

The Presbytery’s nominating committee is seeking applicants for both Ruling Elder and Teaching Elder (Minister) General Assembly Commissioners and Young Adult Advisory Delegates (YAADs) to the 222nd General Assembly to be held June 18 to 25, 2016, in Portland, Oregon.  The Committee on Nominations and Representation is accepting applications until October 9, 2015. This is your invitation to play a significant role in Presbyterian history and be a part of the decision-making process of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  As a Commissioner to the 222nd General Assembly, you will be involved in shaping the direction and mission of our great denomination.

For a word document of the information, click document here (20 KB).

For a PDF of the information, click pdf here (109 KB).

For the Ruling Elder Commissioner Application, click document here (25 KB).

For the Teaching Elder Commissioner Application, click document here (24 KB).

For the Young Adult Advisory Delegate Application, click document here (25 KB).

New Mission Statement approved by the Presbytery!

Acting on the recommendation of Mission Council, the Presbytery voted at its May Stated Meeting to accept the following Mission Statement. The former statement had been prayerfully reviewed and amended by several committees, and now the Presbytery of the Western Reserve's Mission Statement is as follows:

"Equipping and Supporting Congregations to Be Christ in the World

The Presbytery of the Western Reserve bears witness to the grace of God in Jesus Christ through the unique ministries of its members and churches. We are an ordered and interconnected body that equips each congregation to experience God in vital worship and mission. With love and cooperation, we develop leaders, nurture pastors, and support ministries of justice and evangelism. We believe the Holy Spirit speaks through the gathered body as, together, we discern Christ's will and give glory to God."

Please note the new mission statement and resulting banner!

document New Mission Statement (13 KB)

Presbytery of the Western Reserve (PWR)

The Presbytery of the Western Reserve, a regional governing body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), serves 43 congregations and about 8,900 members in Northeastern Ohio. Bordered by Lake Erie on the north coast, the Presbytery includes the Greater Cleveland metropolitan area, Lorain, Ashtabula, small towns and rural communities. 

Quick Links:

Click here if you are new to the area and need a home church.

Click here to see a list of our committees and ministries.

Click here to read about our staff, officers and commissioners.

Click here to find updates from our Stated Clerk, Transitional General Presbyter and Hunger Action Advocate.

Click here if you need our address, phone number, fax number, email or office closures.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What kinds of grants & scholarships are offered by the Presbytery and its committees? Click here.
  • What is per capita? Click here.
  • Where is the Presbytery Office? Click here.
  • What does our name, "Presbytery of the Western Reserve" (PWR) mean? Click here.
  • Who are our mission partners? Click here.
  • What committees are in the Presbytery? Click here.
  • How do you find a preacher for Sunday morning? Click here to download the Pulpit Supply list (for use by PWR Congregations only)