Pineville Presbyterian Church is a congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. We stand in the tradition of the old school Presbyterian Churches that used to be a very part of the fabric of Louisiana and the deep South. At the same time we provide warm, caring Christian fellowship. Our worship is simple in its reverence and order, and centers on the Preaching of the Word of God and salvation by faith alone in Christ alone. We love to sing, pray, and care for each other. Visitors are most welcome!
The Rev. Jack W. Sawyer has been the pastor of Pineville Presbyterian Church since January 1, 2000. Previously he has served pastorates in New York and Mississippi. From 1984-1994 he served as a Pastor in the Reformed Churches of New Zealand. From 1980-1984 he received the opportunity to serve as a deacon and then a ruling elder.
Originally a school teacher before being called to the ministry, Mr. Sawyer has been an elementary, secondary and college teacher in Alabama, Mississippi, and New Zealand
A native of Alabama, he is a 1974 graduate of the University of Alabama with a B.S. degree in Secondary Education, majoring in history. Later he was awarded two degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Master of Arts in Religion(M.A.R.) 1980 ; and Master of Theology (Th.M) 1986.
Pastor Sawyer is the author of Moses and the Magistrate: Aspects of Calvin’s Political Theory in Contemporary Focus. He has contributions in the book Trust and Obey: A Forty Year History of the Reformed Churches of New Zealand, and he is the author of a number of popular reviews and articles in religious periodicals in Australia, New Zealand, and America.
Mr. Sawyer is currently serving as the chairman of the candidates and credentials committee of the Presbytery of the South of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He is also the Administrator of the Committee on Ecumenicity and Interchurch Relations (CEIR) of the General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church having served on this committee since 2005.
He has been married to his wife Carolyn for 42 years, and they are the parents of four children.