Our History


First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown has a long and storied history. Today a growing, thriving congregation of approximately 1,100, it was officially organized on September 12, 1888, by a small group of Presbyterian residents who constructed the first building on Chester Avenue.

As expansion needs dictated, after World War II leaders purchased the 23-acre Collins property at 101 Bridgeboro Road where the church campus is now located. The sanctuary was designed by historic restoration specialist Edwin Brumbaugh and dedicated in 1956. A large Christian education facility was built in 1962. The structural focal point of the building remains the Collins home, which current church-goers still enjoy today.
In May 2018, Rev. Stuart Spencer was called to be pastor of FPC Moorestown. Under his leadership the congregation has outlined and engaged “25 Ways of the Week,” based on God’s word to be the foundation for creating a culture “thick with love.” These are not rules or laws to be obeyed, rather ways to train, remind, and encourage one anther to be the church.
A member of Presbyterian Church USA and part of the West Jersey Presbytery, the congregation welcomes people of all ages to worship, learn, and serve with them. They faithfully strive to follow the Great Commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind … [and] you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37, 39 NRSV
In May 2018, Rev. Stuart Spencer was called to lead FPC Moorestown as pastor/head of staff, after serving 22 years at Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church in New Hope, Pa. He appreciates serving this loving, welcoming family of faith that offers people a place of belonging and transformation. He says, “God’s given me the gift of encouragement and I’m on the lookout for signs of God’s grace in the lives of our members. I see God doing so much in and through this amazing FPC Moorestown congregation.”
Kelly LePenske serves as director of Congregational Ministries and came to FPC Moorestown in June 2018. She enjoys connecting God’s story of love, justice and mercy to the contexts of our daily lives. Every day is different for Kelly, for she pays attentions to what’s happening in our communities and around the world, listens to how God is speaking in each situation and human life, and responds as needs dictate. She works with adult ministries, supports small groups, leads worship, and offers pastoral care.
As the years and staff members come and go, the church’s vision remains: “We aspire to be beacons of God’s love and truth, growing together in faith and relationship with Jesus Christ.”

A Historic Perspective


“The Visions That Made It Possible
Since 1888″
A video presented by the Long Range Planning Committee, Fall of 1997