History of Our Church



Sanctuary Side_ViewFirst built in 1854 on the corner of Church and Bank Streets, the First Presbyterian Church was destroyed
by the Union Army in 1864. 

From 1865-1870, a scattered flock
of Presbyterians returned to Decatur after the war and worshipped with the Methodists in a log cabin across the 
street from the original building.

 

In 1873, a small frame church with a
coal shed built on back and a bell in
the yard was erected on the corner
of Oak and Vine Streets. Services
were conducted on alternate Sundays by a school administrator and a Baptist preacher. The City of Decatur suffered two outbreaks of yellow fever in 1878 and 1888, causing people to again flee Decatur.

 

The Church was incorporated as the  Presbyterian Church of Decatur in 1903, and a new octagonal structure was completed and dedicated free of debt in 1904.  In 1953, the new Georgia style sanctuary we see today was completed.

 

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