In 1974, many members of the Upper Long Cane Presbyterian Church had become concerned over the changing of the church doctrine and the views many ministers and laymen had taken. There were discussions pertaining to the congregation joining the National Presbyterian Church, a denomination totally committed to Christ and the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God. Two information sessions were held with representatives from the Presbyterian Church U.S. and the National Presbyterian Church as invited guest speakers.
Then on May 26, in a congregational meeting, the members voted to decide whether or not to join the National church. The vote was 158 against and 118 for, and at the close of the meeting, a paper composed by Elder James R. Hill, Sr., and signed by 8 officers was read. It stated that on the following Sunday they and other members would meet at
On Sunday morning,
On September 29, the first pulpit committee was selected, three men and two women. Later three trustees were elected to assume the responsibility of signing legal papers as representatives of the church. Due to the objection from the National Presbyterian Church and Center in
During a congregational meeting on
This was our beginning with the year 1974 being an eventful year in our lives. Through the providence of God we were provided a spacious building to use for worship. Our church grew, we acquired some furniture and equipment, but as Christians we knew the greatest possession we have is Jesus Christ. His free gift of eternal life is far greater than anything we could acquire on this earth. Looking back we have no regrets, only thanksgiving in our hearts that we loved the Lord enough to listen and then submit to His will.
* compiled by Mrs. Frances Culbreth for the 25th Anniversary Celebration Sunday, September 19, 1999
Rev. Grady Love - 1974 to 1975
Rev. James Moss - 1975 to 1981
Rev. Charles Champion - 1983 to 1994
Rev. George P. Busch - 1995 to October 2005
Rev. John Fastenau - December 2008 to October 31, 2016