First Presbyterian Church Celebrates 150th Anniversary

The First Presbyterian Church celebrated its 150th anniversary Sunday. The First Presbyterian Church celebrated its 150th anniversary Sunday.  |  Photo: WDIO

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: June 02, 2019 08:19 PM

The First Presbyterian Church celebrated its 150th anniversary Sunday. A special service was held at the church where community members sang and reminisced on the church’s history.


"We've been anticipating this day since last year and planning and going through archives and digging out old records," Kathy Peterson, a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church, said.

Sharing the history of the church to community members was the intention with the song and worship service hosted Sunday. Bagpipers kicked off the worship. 

"We had the style of worship that is the historic style, it was probably used from around 1900 through the 80s,” Jeremiah Knabe, the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, said. "We started with an hour of music beforehand. This is a church that loves music, we have a Skinner organ that's 103 years old that is one of the premiere organ builders of the U.S."

Many generations have walked through the doors of the Christian building.

"I grew up in this church. My great grandma started coming to this church so I grew up through the youth department here. Now I’m an elder on the session,” Peterson said.

"It’s an honor to be the pastor of this church. It’s an honor to kind of be standing on the shoulders of multiple generations of deeply faithful people,” Knabe said.

The worship service was emotional to some of the members who have dedicated their time to the church for years.

"Actually sitting there and listening to it and taking it in and feeling it, there’s no words to describe it really. It was very special,” Peterson said.

Since 1869, the church has opened its doors to help other local Christian churches by letting them host their services there until they were able to secure their own building.

"We've been able to be a host church for a lot of other places. Rock Hill Community Church worshiped here, also the new church hope community," Knabe said.

"We're always trying to reach out to neighbors, to the City of Duluth, we're always working on new things,” Peterson said.

The First Presbyterian church members said they hope to share and celebrate more anniversaries with the community.


Alejandra Palacios

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