Significant Dates in the Life of First Presbyterian Church
1926 - Wilmington Presbytery purchased the Primitive Baptist Church, a little frame house on the corner of 24th and Arendell Streets for a Presbyterian Chapel. Sunday School was held weekly. Mr. J. R. Phillips came from Pollocksville once a month to lead worship and preach.
1929 May 5 - First Presbyterian Church was organized with 13 petitioners and 41 charter members.
1931 The congregation approved changing the name of the church to George Webb Memorial Church.
1933 "Women of the Church" was organized.
1949 "Men of the Church" was organized. The present church property was purchased.
1954 The church's name was changed back to First Presbyterian Church. Havelock Presbyterian Church was begun by this congregation.
1955 Ground was broken for Phase I of the new church building.
1956 July 15 - The original sanctuary (now the administrative wing) was consecrated. 1956 - First Sanctuary in Current Building Church School continued to meet in the old "Leary House."
1961 June - Final payment made on Phase I. Plans for building Phase II, the Christian Education Wing, began.
1963 September 5 - The Christian Education Wing was occupied.
1973 The new organ donated in honor of Anne Neal Joslyn. Radio broadcasts began.
1975 Phase II was debt retired.
1976 The Meals-on-Wheels Program began.
1978 Participation in Student-In-Ministry (SIM) Program of Union Theological Seminary began. The church adopted two Sunday morning services.
1979 May 5-6 - The 50th Anniversary was observed. Lot on the corner of 16th and Bridges Streets was purchased.
1980 The church joined with three other churches to sponsor Ekklesia, a retirement community. Planning began for a new Phase III sanctuary.
1981 November 1 - Ground breaking for new sanctuary began.
1982 December 12 - First service held in new sanctuary.
1983 January 16 - New sanctuary dedicated. Original sanctuary converted to use as a fellowship hall. Ekklesia completed in June. SIM program discontinued and an Associate Pastor position established.
1984 Pipe organ contract awarded.
1986 March 2 - Pipe organ dedicated.
1987 August - Preschool program established.
1988 September 1 - "Women of the Church" became "Presbyterian Women." In October Grace New Church Development in Beaufort held first service.
1989 Carteret County Habitat for Humanity began with Rene' Minshew as its first president. Children's Church established.
1990 Stephen Ministry began. Library refurbished and dedicated as Ollie Stang Memorial. June 10 - Rev. Joel Cherry installed as Associate Minister for Grace New Church Development.
1991 Memorial Columbarium constructed. May 19 - First Stephen Ministry class commissioned.
1996 November - Sanctuary Choir attended AdventFest in Vienna.
1997 The church joined in starting Carteret Christian Ministry.
1998 March - "Marino Property", 1600 Arendell Street, purchased to complete owning entire block.
1999 - 70th Anniversary observed. Church website initiated. First church partnership with Habitat for Humanity dedicated.
2000 - Construction of Westminister Hall approved by the session, Capital Campaign initiated. Presbyterian Women establish 'Little Folks Attic.'
2001 - J. C. Harvell appointed minister of Pastoral Care. Earth Care Alliance Group established. December 2 groundbreaking for new fellowship hall, later to be named Westminster Hall.
2002 - First Presbyterian Church becomes involved in Presbyterian Coffee Project.
2003 - February 9 dedication of Westminster Hall. Construction of final phase of church renovation approved.
2004 - Completion of new office complex and youth room. 75th Anniversary observed. Session established position of Associate Pastor.