Welcome to the website of the Puritan Evangelical Church of America in San Diego (Paradise Hills), California! We are a conservative body of Reformed and Presbyterian believers who love and serve King Jesus.
We confess the Biblical Christian faith (Calvinism) and life as summarized in the original, historic Westminster Standards. We endeavor to worship and serve Christ the Lord with the purity of doctrine and practice of the Puritans as our example. The following quote speaks to what our name says about with whom we identify and who are trying to be, by God’s grace:
In this treatise “puritan” means a zealous, converted Protestant who actively seeks to give the Bible foremost authority in his life. The puritan is one who believes that he is saved from sin and the wrath of God, that he has received eternal life by faith in Jesus Christ, that by the grace of God he is a new man. His conviction is heartfelt, not merely intellectual, and he cares deeply about it. He strives for a new, godly life. The guide and authority for his new life is the Bible, understood and, as much as possible, followed in its literal sense … The puritans prove their reverence for Scripture by granting it the power to modify favored ideas … The puritans wanted to be Biblical Christians. They wanted to reform their society from the heart outward and they chose Biblical preaching as their chief tool.
— The Godly Household in Puritan Theology: 1560-1640, by Daniel M. Doriani (Ph.D. Thesis for Westminster Theological Seminary in Pa., 1986)