Central Presbyterian Church traces its history to 1828, shortly after the founding of the city of Lafayette, Indiana.
In 1828 First Presbyterian Church was chartered in the young community of Lafayette. Following a theological division in the national denomination, First and Second Presbyterian churches both existed in the downtown area, with Second Presbyterian Church occupying the Romanesque Revival building at Seventh & Columbia, built in 1895.
A Unique Role In Our Community
Central Presbyterian Church claims a unique role among Presbyterian churches in the Greater Lafayette community. Throughout its history, Central Presbyterian has provided both funding and congregation members to begin (or “plant”) other Presbyterian churches (including Bethany, Faith, Dayton, and Covenant Presbyterian churches) in the Greater Lafayette area, and has supported or started numerous community ministries including Lafayette Urban Ministry.
Central Presbyterian Church has two adjacent buildings: the Sanctuary Building, where the Traditional Worship service takes place, and the Education Building, for education classes and groups, childcare, and many meetings, as well as the early Sunday morning Celebration worship service.
Built in 1895, this historic, Richardsonian Romanesque building provides the church’s physical presence on a main thoroughfare in town. It is considered one of the outstanding architectural structures in the Ellsworth District of Lafayette.
The church’s sanctuary is a magnificent example of this classic architecture that was inspired by Trinity Church in Boston, Massachusetts whose Rector, when it was built, was the notable Reverend Phillips Brooks, great orator and author of “O Little Town of Bethlehem”. The sanctuary has been updated several times, most recently in 1990 to reflect the style it had at the end of the 19h Century. Off of our Seventh Street entrance are our church offices and the Fitch Parlor where we hold many fellowship gatherings.
Built in 1928, the Education Building was paid for through the generous contributions of Central Presbyterian’s congregation, especially the children. Our youngest members saved their pennies and donated them for the cause, while others sacrificed during the dark days of the Great Depression to ensure the retirement of the mortgage.
A Rich Tradition of Pastoral Leadership
Mindful of both Central Presbyterian’s history and the congregation’s future, the leaders of Central Presbyterian look to the future with excitement, building from a rich tradition of outstanding pastoral leadership — including such notable Lafayette leaders as J. Dayton McCormick, Ernest Yorger, Ken McCullen, and David Roquemore. Central continues this tradition of excellent leadership today.
Meeting the Changing Needs of Our Community
Working together to ensure the future viability of Central Presbyterian’s ministry, the elders and pastoral staff recognize the opportunity, responsibility, and challenge inherent in meeting social, spiritual, and physical needs in a changing Lafayette community. Central Presbyterian will continue to serve the congregation and community through worship, education, and outreach for years to come.
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Here is the CPC 2018 softball schedule to date
- Thursday, May 24- 8:30p Arni Cohen Field 1 – Power Strokers at CPC
- Thursday, May 31- 6:00p Arni Cohen Field 1 – Image Orthodontics at CPC
- Monday, June 4-6:45p Arni Cohen Field 2 – CPC at Mulhaupts
- Thursday, June 14-8:30p Arni Cohen Field 1 – CPC at The Visitors
Meeting in Room 10:00 am in Room 114
Join us and explore models of leadership that impact you. Service Leadership and Political Leadership will be explored and the characteristics of these models of leadership. Folks who participate in the class will have opportunities to discuss leadership and what it means to them.
June 10 – Should Women Lead? (Empowering Women to Lead)
Women have played pivotal roles in leading the Church and God’s people throughout the Bible. Many of these women are lesser known and not given the recognition they should have regarding the lessons in leadership for women today. The characteristics and actions of these women portrayed in the stories we read are as relevant today as they were in the times these women lived. Deborah & Jael, Queen of Sheba, Eve, and Huldah will be discussed.
June 17 – Should Men Lead? (Empowering Men to Lead)
BIBLICAL STYLES OF LEADERSHIP – This session will focus on some of the male leaders in the Old Testament (Nehemiah, Joshua, Elijah) and New Testament (Peter, Paul, Barnabas) and will examine their styles of leadership. We will focus on several Biblical passages to gain some insight into what motivated these men at thetime they emerged as leaders. We will examine their leadership styles to see if we have any motivation or commitments that are similar.
June 24 – Reflections of Leadership and You
A sharing of leadership thoughts, perspectives, and styles and how you can be the “leader” you want to be. Leadership opportunities in the community and at Central will be shared.