Our Church History On February 2, 1958 sixty people were received as charter members of the newly -organized Pompton Valley Presbyterian Church. They had been holding services for several months in what was then the First aid and Rescue Squad building on Route 23 N. In May of that year, the congregation called its first pastor, the Reverend Dr. R. Paul freed, and purchased property at 17 Sunset Road in Pompton Plains. This Tudor style house provided a home for the pastor and his family, with space for a church office and adjoining study. A five-car garage at the rear of the property was quickly transformed by the men of the church into a chapel for services. It was named Westminster Hall.
The growing congregation soon acquired four acres of the DeWilde property on the corner of Sunset Road and Roome Avenue as a site for a new church building. A two hundred year old farmhouse on the property was named Calvin Lodge and put to use for church school, young people's and women's activities, board meetings and church dinners.
A sanctuary of contemporary stone design was built on the site and dedicated on October 20, 1963. Facing Sunset Road, its glass front affords a view of the interior with its walnut and gold cross. Members ofthe church spent countless hours in the finishing stages of construction. Both the cross and organ were designed and built by members of the church.
Still the membership over flowed its buildings, spilling over into 2 homes for church school classes and into the manse for nursery care and choir practice. Six years later construction was begun on a Christian Education Annex (CEA) adjacent to the sanctuary. Again, a large portion of the actual construction was accomplished by church members. The building was dedicated on Palm Sunday 1971 and provides facilities for all church activities as well as for scouts, AA meetings, a full time cooperative nursery school and other community activities.
In the early 1970's, the manse on Sunset Road was sold and replaced by a newer split level home on Van Dyk
Place. Renovations to Calvin Lodge made space for the church office, pastor's study and a church library which is utilized for meetings of all the boards and committees. In the fall of 1978, the congregation purchased and dedicated a new Allen Digital Computer Organ to support the music program serving both the church and the community.
Throughout the history of "The church in the valley with the upward look", mission involvement has been in the forefront, from supporting mission churches on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, to sponsoring Vietnamese refugees, to participating in the Morris County Interfaith Homeless Family shelter, to helping organize the Pequannock Mental Health Center and supporting worldwide ministries of the Presbyterian Church. Service to God's people in need has been and still is our calling.
The Pompton Valley Presbyterian Church has called and installed six pastors over our fifty one year history.
1958-1972 'The Rev. Dr. R. Paul Freed
1973-1978 'The Rev. Fred Anderson
1980-1985 'The Rev. Rea S. Weigel
1987-1990 The Rev. Dr. Donald V. Roberts
1994-2007 The Rev. Marilee M. Scroggs
2009-20 10 The Rev. Melodee Bottari
Pompton Valley has been served by five interim pastors, the Rev. Dr. Charles Mead, the Rev. Dr. Bruce Hardy, the Rev. Barbara Miller, the Rev. Elizabeth Morrison and the Rev. Jean Holmes.
In 1994, another restoration on Calvin Lodge was completed to preserve this 200 year old landmark, and its usefulness to the congregation. A memorial gift of an electronic piano in 1995 has added to the music ministry of the church.
In 2008, the manse on Van Dyk Place was sold, allowing for the establishment of a pastoral housing fund.
The people of Pompton Valley and their dedicated pastors working through the years have been a real presence in the local community and neighboring towns. Through active programs of worship, Bible study, outreach and mission, this church with God's help continues to be Christ's church in the twenty-first century .
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