A Brief History of Wake Forest Presbyterian Church

Our Church was started as a dream of the New Hope Presbytery [a group of 123 congregations around the greater Raleigh metro area, and up to the Virginia line], in the late 1980s.  A small group of Wake Forest residents met for worship for the first time in 1991, and were Chartered as an official PC(USA) congregation.  Dr. John LaMotte (with his wife, Olivia), served as our first pastor moving  the church from its temporary worship site at Applebee Chapel (located on the campus of Southeastern Southern Baptist Seminary), to the site here on Capital Blvd. in 1996.  The church continued to grow and expand the facilities under the leadership of Rev. John Hartman, who left in 2010. 

During the long interim period WFPC had the opportunity to re-examine who we are and who we hope to become because of God’s great faithfulness to us.  It was a rough transitional time, often referred to as a “wilderness experience”.  But, the joy of having worked through the difficulties has led us into a position of strength and new direction that is both exciting and refreshing.  We hold to Romans 8: 28… “All things (even trying times) work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purposes.”  Rev. Rebekah Maul arrived as the third pastor in August 2013, and we are moving forward with enthusiasm and gratitude for the opportunities to serve the Lord here at the church, in our community, nation and world.  We’ll be celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2016.  Come and get to know us better.

Our Calling

As Presbyterians, we are called to respond to the Word by participating in God's ability of healing and reconciling; ministering to the needs of the poor, the sick, the lonely and the powerless; helping in the struggle to free people from sin, fear, oppression, hunger and injustice; and giving of ourselves and our substance to the service of those who suffer. As a church, we are the body of Christ. And through His ministry, Jesus shows us how to glorify God by sharing His love with others. He teaches us how to be blessed with the joy of reaching out to our brothers and sisters in need (Matthew 25: 35-36).

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