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- Grand Panjandrum
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Of course Presbyterians use the word for the name of their denomination. They are descendants of the separatists, also known as Pilgrims and Puritans, who take their theology from John Calvin. Their regional districts are called presbyteries, and while I do not think they have bishops, they do have leaders perhaps known as superintendents. Our local area is named the Presbytery of the Pines. I believe they are governed by a church council of some sort, possibly also called the presbytery, but they are generally pretty democratic. Their general doctrine and stance is pretty much mainstream Protestant. Any Presbyterians out there should feel free to correct me.
To answer William's query, I have never come across this word used in a non-religious sense. I'm not even sure I've seen it in use at all. It's always part of the name of the religious sect.
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