Our Story

Our Story ConstructionFrom its origins as a colonized church, through dynamic growth as part of a growing city, into a time of redefining our vision and mission; Westminster Presbyterian Church has been, and continues to be, a strong spiritual community. A combination of ministry, programming, and outreach has provided opportunities for spiritual growth.

An excerpt from our History Book, “A Dream Realized: 1954-1984″ from our parent church First Presbyterian, Waynesboro states:
“Our chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. We honor God as we witness to His love through Christ and advance the work of His Church and Kingdom.  Presbyterian tradition constrains us and inspires us to keep in step with the times and to measure up to the challenging opportunities which are now at hand.  We are all working together for a common cause and are united in faith, in love and in consecration to the task that lies before us.”

In 1954 the congregation began meeting in a house located on the present site in a developing neighborhood in the western part of Waynesboro. In the early days, the house also served as the parsonage and later became the Church Office. In 1956, the Chapel and Social Hall were built, while the Sanctuary and classrooms were completed in 1963. As the neighborhood developed, Westminster was a focal point. Membership grew dramatically through the 1970’s and a variety of programs engaged all ages. Missions and outreach also became an important effort of the congregation.

The area’s population stabilized in the 1990s and the Westminster congregation settled at approximately 300 members. Programs such as the Westminster Preschool and Summerlee Mission Project demonstrated continued ministry efforts. A capital projects program was completed in 2006 that included an elevator and Chapel renovation to accommodate an earlier contemporary service. Our music program continued to develop until it now includes 75-80 members finding an opportunity to participate.

During the spring of 2014, the congregation completed a Vision Study our-story(or Mission Study) targeted at six themes, providing new insights and direction for our future. Our Session has begun addressing some of these themes and developing a sequential plan for further implementation. One of the benefits that we have already realized, is renewed growth through initiatives such as beginning to restructure the later worship service to include a more blended style of worship and renewal of the Christian Education Program now run by a full-time licensed Christian educator.

We are committed to creating a community of mutual support and ministry that is faithful witness to the world for Jesus Christ. Join Westminster Presbyterian Church on this spiritual journey as we pursue loving God and loving neighbor together.

Mission Statement

  • We worship as one family of loving Christians.
  • We foster an environment of love for each other and for God.
  • We work together equipping ourselves to offer support locally and globally.
  • We use our talent, skills, and heart to fulfill God’s call.
  • We communicate effectively with one another and our surrounding community.
  • Guided by Scripture, we are accountable to God and to each other.
  • Our mission will be realized through participation and involvement.

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