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East Texas church celebrates more than 100 years of history

New marker details history of the church and Presbyterians in Nacogdoches New marker details history of the church and Presbyterians in Nacogdoches
Pastor Stephen Newton thanks Nacogdoches County Historical Commission Pastor Stephen Newton thanks Nacogdoches County Historical Commission
Celebrating years of history Celebrating years of history

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) – An East Texas church has been serving Nacogdoches for more than 100 years, becoming an important part of the fabric of the community itself.

Starting off as Main Street Presbyterian church in the early 1900's, it moved to a bigger location in 1930, where it's stood ever since.

Westminster Presbyterian church has seen decades of change.

Beyond these church steps, exists, a rich history of helping those in need.

"They have been one of the most active churches in the city in helping with civic affairs, raising money for war stamps during the First World War, helping with SFA students," said Jere Jackson with the Nacogdoches County Historical Commission.

"We helped found the Head Start program in Nacogdoches. We're very involved with Habitat for Humanity and Love in the name of Christ, and started a telephone reassurance program with the senior center," said Stephen Newton, the church's pastor.

Their mission work and service programs have made a lasting impact on the community. Church members celebrate the church's history with a new marker, which took four years to detail with history.

"If you are familiar with the Old Testament Samuel placed the Ebenezer saying the Lord is our help and this is a reminder, this is our stone that throughout our history God has been our help," said Newton.

The marker also tells the story of the presence of Presbyterians in the community.

"Presbyterians have had a presence in Nacogdoches since the 1830's," said Newton.

"The Presbyterians were very active in the Texas Revolution. They were very active in helping Sam Houston, many of the members of this church here were with him at San Jacinto," explained Jackson.

Church members hope that with this marker, they can continue to educate future generations about the history of this church and the work of Presbyterians in Nacogdoches.

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