Mount Carmel Church (OPC)
Mount Carmel Church OPC, Somerset, New Jersey
Mount Carmel Church is a member of Church of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. We are a Christian church-- that is, we are a local body of believers, in the Divine Person and saving work of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are Trinitarian, holding that the Scriptures teach the Oneness of God’s essence, but at the same time the Threeness of His personality, as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We are Orthodox, in that we seek to have right teaching and practice, conforming to God’s Word, the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament.
We are confessional, believing in the ancient Apostles, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds. Our confessional standards are the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Shorter and Larger Catechisms, subordinate to the Holy Scriptures. We are Presbyterian, with the local church led by elders (presbyters), meeting together regionally and nationally with our sister churches in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. That being said, in everything we do, we seek to fulfill our primary purpose according to the Shorter Catechism question 1, “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
Mount Carmel Church, which is a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, began with a call to the ministry of its' founder Robert J. Cameron. In 1975, by the grace of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Robert J. Cameron freed himself of his business pursuits and enrolled in the Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was during the second year of study at the seminary that he formed a bible study group, which met weekly at the Cameron’s home in Somerset, New Jersey.
On September 10, 1978, Mr. Cameron was ordained to the ministry at Emmanuel Church (Reformed Episcopal), in Somerville New Jersey. The Pastor of Emmanuel Church at the time was Reverend Donald L. Reader, who encouraged Mr. Cameron to begin a work in Somerset. The Cameron’s were blessed in finding a valued mentor and a dear, trusted brother in the Lord in Reverend Reader. He provided advice and orchestrated financial assistance from Emmanuel’s Trust Fund, through the vestry of the Church and helped to establish the Mount Carmel Ministry.