We welcome you to The Presbyterian Church in Geneva, a vibrant and active fellowship that serves Jesus Christ through worship and outreach. As you can see from the brief history below, for over two hundred years, Presbyterians in Geneva have proclaimed the good news that God dwells among us through Jesus Christ, by exhibiting compassionate acts of service which minister to the needs of others. The opening sentence of our corporate mission statement reads:
“Guided and empowered by Christ’s vision, our mission as disciples is to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel by committing ourselves and our resources to a ministry that meets human needs and promotes justice, peace, and wholeness in our congregation, the community and the world.”
We, the members of The Presbyterian Church in Geneva, invite you to become a part of our attempt to be faithful to the claim that Jesus Christ makes on the lives of those who would be His disciples.
A Brief History of the Presbyterian Church in Geneva…
The first Presbyterian Church in Geneva was incorporated in 1798. Worship was in the schoolhouse on Pultney Park. DeWitt Clinton, an early governor, gave to the fund for the first church building, finished in 1811. A new church on the same corner was dedicated in 1839. In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell, the first women doctor of medicine, received her diploma in this church. In 1878, this historic church changed to a Gothic appearance. A chapel, fellowship hall, and education wing were built in 1966. North and First Presbyterian Churches united in 1988 to form The Presbyterian Church in Geneva. This is a spirited community-minded church, serving the Geneva area, and reaching out to the world; a church that opens its heart and arms to all people.
J. Richard Hart, Pastor Ameritus