Church of Pakistan

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Church of Pakistan
Classification Protestant
Orientation Anglican, Reformed
Polity Episcopal
Moderator Humphrey Peters
Associations Anglican Communion, World Council of Churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches,[1]
Christian Conference of Asia
Origin 1970; 47 years ago (1970)
Merger of Anglicans, Methodists, Presbyterians and Lutherans
Members 500,000[2]
Ministers 600[2]
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The Church of Pakistan is a united church in Pakistan, which is part of the Anglican Communion and a member of the World Communion of Reformed Churches[3] and the World Methodist Council.

Establishment of the church[edit]

It was established in 1970 with a union of Anglicans, Scottish Presbyterians (Church of Scotland), United Methodists, and Lutherans. It is the only united church in South Asia which involves Lutherans. Though united, it is mainly Anglican in theology and outlook, since Anglicans form the bulk of the 800,000 strong membership and most of the important episcopal sees.

The church has two theological seminaries: the Gujranwala Theological Seminary and St. Thomas' Theological College, Karachi.

List of dioceses[edit]

The Diocese of Sialkot is a member of the World Communion of Reformed Churches. Today, the whole Church of Pakistan is listed as a member on the WCRC website. The Sialkot Diocese has more than 40,400 members in 45 congregations and 28 house fellowships. It adheres to the Apostles Creed, Heidelberg Catechism, Westminster Shorter Catechism and Nicene Creed.[3]

Relation with the Anglican realignment[edit]

The Church of Pakistan is a member of the Global South. Moderator and Primate Humphrey Peters is a supporter of the Anglican realignment, and he attended the Anglican Church in North America meeting of the College of Bishops, in Orlando, Florida, at 6-10 January 2014.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Database (undated). "Member Churches" Archived 21 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine.. World Communion of Reformed Churches. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Church of Pakistan". World Council of Churches. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Database (9 February 2006). "Sialkot Diocese of the Church of Pakistan". Reformed Online. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  4. ^ Communiqué from the College of Bishops, January 2014, ACNA Official Website


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