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Philadelphia Church History Updates

July 21, 2017
Presbytery of Philadelphia 300th Anniversary logo, courtesy of the Presbytery of Philadelphia.

2017 marks the 300th anniversary of the Presbytery of Philadelphia. In honor of that major celebration, presbytery churches are writing brief, updated congregation histories. Susan Aggarwal, a member of the presbytery's History Team and of PHS's Delaware Valley Council, is collecting these histories and sharing them with PHS. All completed histories can be viewed on the PHS website using the Philadelphia Presbytery 300 blog tag.

The first ten updates are listed below, ordered by founding date: 

1837: First Presbyterian Church of Bridesburg, Philadelphia

1855: Olivet Covenant Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA

1859: Morrisville Presbyterian Church, Morrisville, PA

1888: Langhorne Presbyterian Church, Langhorne, PA

1889: Overbrook Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA

1896: Elkins Park Presbyterian Church, Elkins Park, PA

1909: Holy Trinity-Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA

1924: First Presbyterian Church, Springfield, PA

1966: Church on the Mall, Plymouth Meeting, PA

1990s: New Spirit Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA

PHS holds the first presbytery minutes in America, which date to the 1706 meeting of "The Presbytery"--the predecessor group of the Presbytery of Philadelphia, which first met as a body in 1717

As more church histories are completed, PHS and the Presbytery of Philadelphia will be sharing them with Philadelphians and Presbyterians around the country.

This year's celebrations will culminate in a worship service on October 7, with the Rev. Dr. Craig Barnes, President of Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Rev. Denise Anderson, Co-Moderator of the 222nd General Assembly, appearing as guest preachers. A related presbytery initiative is the campaign to raise $300,000 for its ministry partners. Watch the campaign video below.