Our Mission

The Mission of APA is to offer opportunities for professional development and personal growth for those called by God to serve as support staff of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This mission is accomplished by providing continuing education events for certification and occasions for fellowship, worship and spiritual nurture and prayer at both National and Regional meetings as well as seminary sponsored training events. (adopted July 1999)

History of APA

WELCOMEAPAA request from twelve women attending a Business Administration Course at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (PSCE) in Richmond, VA laid the groundwork for a professional organization to be created. There was a need and desire for an association for lay employees in the offices of the churches/boards/agencies of the PC (USA) denomination. Thus, the Administrative Personnel Association, PC (USA) was founded in 1976 by Joyce Bauer as the Presbyterian Secretarial Association of the Southern Church (PCUS). Within two years, the UPCUSA church staff was invited to join as they had no similar association.

During the years, APA proposed to the General Assembly that Certified Lay Employees be recognized by presbytery and be invited to presbytery meetings and given the privilege of the floor (without vote) which is presently in the Book of Order section G-14.0740. APA is affiliated with the Office of Vocation (a joint office of the General Assembly Council and the Office of the General Assembly) and has a PC (USA) staff liaison. Certified APA members are listed in the Directory and Book II of the General Assembly Minutes. APA is a “link” under the PC (USA) and the Board of Pensions websites.

This Association continues to grow and currently has members across the country in 7 regions (Southeast, Heartland, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Pacific, Rocky Mountain and Southwest).  Annual national and regional conferences are held. Please visit our website at pcusa-apa.org for more details on the Administrative Personnel Associations PC (USA).

APA Regions Upcoming Events
all-day 2018 APA National Conference in ... @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
2018 APA National Conference in ... @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
May 28 – Jun 1 all-day
2018 APA National Conference in Minneapolis @ Westminster Presbyterian Church | Minneapolis | Minnesota | United States
Westminster Presbyterian Church Downtown Minneapolis May 29th to June 1st, 2018 Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Northstar Downtown Rooms: from $119 (plus tax) Further details available soon!   Classes will be held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church[...]
all-day 2018 APA Southeast Regional Conf... @ Hotel TBA
2018 APA Southeast Regional Conf... @ Hotel TBA
Aug 8 – Aug 11 all-day
2018 APA Southeast Regional Conference @ Hotel TBA | Nashville | Tennessee | United States
Save4 the Date for Nashville, TN Aug. 8-11, 2018.  Stay tuned here for more details to follow.
all-day 2018 APA Heartland Regional Conf... @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
2018 APA Heartland Regional Conf... @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
Oct 11 – Oct 14 all-day
2018 APA Heartland Regional Conference @ Westminster Presbyterian Church | Portage | Michigan | United States
October 11-14, 2018 Executive Board Meeting | Oct. 11 Classes Friday and Saturday | Oct. 12 & 13 Business Meeting & Banquet | Oct. 13 Lodging Hampton Inn Kalamazoo Airport 2610 Airview Blvd., Portage, MI[...]


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