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Nacogdoches in Nacogdoches County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Westminster Presbyterian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Gustafson, June 2, 2010
1. Westminster Presbyterian Church Marker
Inscription.  Presbyterians have long played an important role in Nacogdoches; the earliest Presbyterian influence here dates to the 1830s, with several churches organizing later in the century. In 1893, the Rev. B.A. Hodges and twelve founding members established Main Street Presbyterian church under the Cumberland
Denomination's Presbytery of Texas. Around 1900, the church constructed a wood frame building on Main Street designed by noted Nacogdoches Architect D.A.W. Rulfs. After outgrowing this structure, the church completed a sanctuary and manse in 1930 at the corner of North and Powers Streets and became known as Westminster Presbyterian Church. The congregation added Westminster Fellowship Hall in 1965 and an educational building in 1998.
Westminster Presbyterian Church has a rich history of helping those in need. During World War I the church led Nacogdoches County's war savings stamps campaign, and in the 1920s, worked with local boy scouts and with students at Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College (now Stephen F. Austin State University). The congregation helped to found the Head Start program in Nacogdoches. Other ministries have
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included a senior citizen nutrition center, telephone reassurance program, Samaritan counseling center, Habitat for Humanity and Love Inc. The congregation has also stressed music ministry, both in worship and in the community. Today, more than 100 years after its founding, Westminster Presbyterian Church continues to play a vital role as a spiritual and community leader in the Nacogdoches.
Marker is property of the State of Texas.
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15980.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkChurches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1893.
Location. 31° 36.666′ N, 94° 39.225′ W. Marker is in Nacogdoches, Texas, in Nacogdoches County. Marker is on North Street just north of Powers Street when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 903 North Street, Nacogdoches TX 75961, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of the Home of Juan Antonio Padilla (here, next to this marker); Site of the Mission Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Private First Class Oscar P. Austin (about 700 feet away); In Memory and Honor SPC Travis Wayne Buford (about 700 feet away); Lest We Forget
Westminster Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Gustafson, June 2, 2010
2. Westminster Presbyterian Church
(about 700 feet away); Prisoners of War/Missing in Action (about 700 feet away); Site of the home of Charles S. Taylor (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church of Nacogdoches (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nacogdoches.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 677 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 2, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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May. 31, 2023