A Bit of Our History

Forest Park Presbyterian Church emerged from First Presbyterian Church of Statesville as a new church development in 1960. She began with 163 charter members and her organizing pastor was Eugene Witherspoon.

The congregation worshipped at Mitchell Community College until the fellowship hall was completed in 1961. In 1962 the Grier Educational Building was completed and the sanctuary was finished in 1965. In 1984 a two-manual 22-stop Zimmer organ was installed and dedicated in our sanctuary, which has enhanced our worship life. We renovated our sanctuary in 2003.

In addition to the organizing pastor, the church was served by Dr. Albert McClure (1966-71), Rev. John Watkins (1971-87), Dr. Thomas Miller (1988-98), the Rev. Walter Taylor (2000-07), and currently by Rev. Scott Jeffreys (2009-present).

The Lord has been faithful to our church since its inception and we trust that Almighty God will continue to be faithful to her in the future. May God continue to be praised and glorified in the life of Forest Park Presbyterian Church.