Our Church Story
How We Became Who We Are
On September 12, 1888, the First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown was officially organized by a small group of Presbyterian residents. The following year they purchased property on 318 Chester Avenue, on which the first church building was constructed.
In the decade following World War II the church grew exponentially, both in membership and Sunday School enrollment. Thanks to the vision of the church leaders, in 1951 FPC purchased the 23 acre Collins property at Bridgeboro and Riverton roads, selling its former building to St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Worship services began in the renovated house with Sunday School meeting in the stables. The present sanctuary, designed by historic restoration specialist Edwin Brumbaugh, was dedicated in 1956, and a large Christian Education facility was built in 1962.
Additional full-time staff positions were added to meet the needs of an expanding congregation, many during the 23-yer pastorate of the Rev. Dr. Harold L. Myers, Jr. (1957 - 1980), who was Pastor Emeritus until his death in 2003. Ruth Stotsenburg served as Director of Christian Education from 1993 - 2008, initiating a wide variety of inspirational experiences, including drama and overseas educational tours.
Joel Krott was named Director of Music in FPC's Music Ministry program in 1972, and for over four decades he has developed the extensive music program, supported by a staff of Music Associates. An adult choir, Four youth choirs, and adult and youth handbell choirs lead the congregation in glorifying God and provide a series of annual concerts. A magnificent Marcussen organ from Denmark was installed in the church loft in 1991.
A vibrant Mission Program pursues the Great Commission in our community and globally emphasizing proclamation of the Gospel in the least evangelized, '10/40' window of the world. Multi-generational teams of church members and staff have served in recent years in Mexico, India, Kenya, West Virginia, Mississippi, Honduras, and Haiti. FPC became a 'sending' church in 2010, when our own Kourtney Burris de la Cruz was commissioned as a director of UrbanPromise Honduras.
Step by Step Christian Preschool, reorganized in 2007 under the leadership of Amy Agger, has a strong commitment to Christian education, with creative programming for young children ages 2 1/2 to pre-kindergarten. First Presbyterian's dedication to families and young people is evident in the full-time staff positions devoted to Children's Ministries, Families and Youth Ministries.
Individual spiritual growth and greater Biblical understanding is encouraged and nurtured in Christ-centered Sunday School classes and small-group studies, Lenten study groups, ALPHA, and the DISCIPLE ministry. And annual Renewal Weekend, led by visiting teachers, was established in 2011.
Rev. Dr. Richard Herman, Executive Pastor, joined the staff in 2002, and Rev. Martha Jordan, Associate Pastor for Families, has been with us since 2010. They lead the congregation in sharing our vision: that all in our communities may experience the joy of knowing Christ, grow in a personal relationship with him; and share that joy with others.
"Remember then, that the Lord has chosen you to build a house for a Sanctuary:
be steadfast and do it." I Chronicles 28:10
"An Historic Perspective"
The Visions That Made It Possible
A video presented by the Long Range Planning Committee, Fall of 1997
View "An Historic Perspective" and learn the history of the people and buildings
of the First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown...