Our Mission Statement

We exist to glorify and enjoy God by making disciples who make a difference through grace-filled worship, community, and missions.

What We Believe

The Bible is True

God loves to communicate with the people he created and the Bible is the book he wrote to do just that. In its perfect pages, he tells us all we need to know for this life and the life to come. The Bible has authority over all we do.

God is Triune

God has existed for all eternity as One Being and Three Persons. God is relational and loving in his very nature and he chose to share that relationship and love with his creation.

Humanity Exists in His Image

Humanity was created by God – in his image – to be in relationship with him. As such, every person on the face of the earth is of great value, possesses great dignity, and is worthy of great respect. All humans were created to reveal God's image on earth. However, we all distort his image to some degree because of our sin.

Eternity is Real

There is more to life than what we see: God made every person who has ever lived with a soul that will never die. We will all live on forever: either in relationship with God (heaven) or separated from him (hell).

Sin Has Consequences

Sin is the rejection of relationship with God. Every person ever created has done this by doing things we shouldn’t do and by not doing the things we should. Such actions destroy our relationship with God, are offensive to him, and are counterproductive to our own joy.

Jesus Restores Our Souls

Jesus came to restore our relationship with God. Being fully God and fully human, he became our substitute: living the perfect life we couldn’t live, dying on the cross to pay the punishment our sin deserves, then rising again to conquer death.

Salvation is Through Faith Alone, By Grace Alone

There is absolutely nothing we can do to restore our relationship with God. No amount of work, effort, or good intentions can mend the mess we’ve made. Salvation can only come through Jesus. Consequently, it’s a free gift. Faith is the act of receiving this free gift, trusting that God reaches out in sovereign grace and draws us back into relationship through his Son. Why? Simply because he loves us.

The Holy Spirit Guides Us

God does not leave believers to make it through life on their own. Instead, he sends the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts. The Holy Spirit leads us into truth and gives us strength to follow Jesus.

The Church is God’s Community

Community is at the very heart of who God is and so he gave us the Church. We walk, not only with God, but also with other believers, loving one another well and working together to see God’s purposes for humanity fulfilled here on earth.

Jesus Will Return to Restore Creation

Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to finish what he started. He will complete his promise to make all things new when he comes again, judging all humankind and receiving his people unto himself.

Our Distinctions

Reformed

We believe in the comprehensive Lordship of God over all of life: creation, providence, and salvation are all initiated and consummated by the Lord.

Covenantal

God has initiated a loving relationship of loyalty with us as his people throughout history. There is one way to salvation in both Old and New Testaments: faith alone in Jesus Christ.

Confessional

We embrace the Westminster Confession of Faith as a helpful framework in understanding the tenets of our faith.

Evangelistic

God calls us to share his gospel through the Great Commission, and we passionately seek to fulfill this calling.

Connectional

We are connected to Christians locally, regionally, and nationally through our denomination and beliefs.

Presbyterian

McLean Presbyterian is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America. We are led by a plurality of elders and connected to other churches across our country.

Our Leaders

James Forsyth

Senior Pastor
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James Forsyth


Senior Pastor

mpc@mcleanpres.org

703.821.0800

James is the Senior Pastor of McLean Presbyterian Church, located just outside of Washington, D.C. He grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he graduated from the University of Edinburgh, before moving to the U.S. to study at Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS), Jackson. He is now a Guest Professor of Practical Theology at RTS Washington, D.C.

James is married to his high school sweetheart, Rosie, and is dad to Mia, Caleb, Seamus, and Isla. Formative experiences have included growing up in a strong, yet tender, family, being a college athlete, becoming a father at the age of 19, wrestling through a dark season of anxiety, and being shaped by a handful of key mentors. Throughout, God’s grace has been the theme – a theme that now animates his life and ministry.

In his free time, you might find James CrossFitting, supporting Man Utd., laughing too loudly with friends, grilling, playing guitar, or – at his happiest – enjoying his young family.

David Stephenson

Assistant Pastor
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David Stephenson


Assistant Pastor

david@mcleanpres.org

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Energetic and earnest, David drives our vision for grace-filled missions, empowering our local church plants and seeking opportunities to extend grace here and across the world.

Previously, David served as Senior Pastor at Grace Church in Birmingham, AL, a Church Planting Fellow at Briarwood Church in Birmingham, AL, Student Pastor at Cornerstone Church in Orlando, FL, and the Director of Camp Westminster in Georgia. David has an MDiv degree from Reformed Theological Seminary.

David's life and ministry have been shaped by growing up with a close family of 7 in the Tennessee mountains; international travel and service; church planting highs and lows; a deep community of close friends, wise pastors (especially his dad) and mentors; and his wife, Kelly.

Dad to Graham, Hudson, and Deacon, in his free time, you'll find David coaching his boys' baseball team, building and fixing stuff, reading, and wandering DC.

Bill Fullilove

Assistant Pastor
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Bill Fullilove


Assistant Pastor

bill@mcleanpres.org

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Bill brings his gifted intellect to our community ministries, shepherding our discipleship and care resources and teaching courses for our Capital Fellows program. A longtime teacher, Bill is passionate about helping our congregation understand God's Word and how it can transform their lives.

Before his current role at MPC, Bill served as the Assistant Academic Dean and Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in Atlanta. He earned his MDiv from RTS and an MA and PhD in Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures from Catholic University. Prior to becoming a pastor Bill worked as a management consultant, which shaped both his approach to pastoral ministry and his emphases on faith, work, and vocation.

Bill enjoys spending time with his wife, Jill, and daughters Caroline and Evelyn. He relaxes by spending time outdoors.

Nathan Newman

Assistant Pastor
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Nathan Newman


Assistant Pastor

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Nathan serves as an Assistant Pastor at McLean Presbyterian Church. You'll find Nathan doing ministry in just about every area of our church, most notably with the Sunday evening and multisite services, our college students, and young adults. He courageously pursues our vision of seeing gospel grace change everything. Nathan holds a Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in D.C. and a BA from Covenant College on top of Lookout Mountain, GA. Outside of the office, you may find Nathan on a tour of duty as an Air Force Reserve Chaplain, enjoying a good baseball game, or at home in Southeast D.C. with his wife Jess experimenting in their kitchen. Nathan and Jess are expecting their first child in January.

Rob Yancey

Assistant Pastor for Church Planting
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Rob Yancey


Assistant Pastor for Church Planting

rob@mcleanpres.org

703.821.0800

Rob Yancey joins us as our newest Assistant Pastor and Church Planting Resident. Originally from North Carolina, Rob earned his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and completed his Masters of Divinity with Reformed Theological Seminary in 2014.

Most recently, Rob served as a Pastor of Family Ministry in Bethesda, MD, shepherding families ranging from newly-marrieds to those with older children, as well as overseeing the Newly Married, Children's, and Youth ministries. His ministry also includes time as the Director of Missions and Outreach for a large Presbyterian church.

Rob and his wife, Liz, spent 8 years serving in South Africa where he was an Area Director for Campus Outreach Johannesburg. In addition to pioneering a new ministry, Rob planned conferences, led cross-cultural training teams, and built relationships with students and the local church.

Outside of church, Rob enjoys concerts at the 9:30 Club, fly fishing, cheering on his North Carolina Tar Heels, and relaxing with a game night with Liz and their two boys, Ben and Will.

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McLean Presbyterian is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). We do not exist for ourselves, but for the glory of God. For more details on what we believe, we encourage you to read the Westminster Confession of Faith.

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