OUR HISTORY

 

Delhi Presbyterian Church was first organized in 1870 and is one of the oldest continually-surviving Presbyterian churches in northeast Louisiana.  The church size grew in the 1940's, when oil was discovered in the area.  However, as the development of the oil field was completed, many folks moved on to new assignments, and membership again dwindled to its former survival mode.  

In 1961, the church called as its pastor a young man fresh out of seminary who continued to serve DPC until the end of 2015.  This unusually long tenure has resulted in a number of positives for the church.  One of the most significant benefits of this lengthy pastorate has been the development of solid lay leadership for the church.  Officers and teachers have been introduced to and grounded in the Bible and the Reformed faith, and are well equipped to direct the ministries of the church. 

A most significant milestone in the life of DPC came in 1973 when the congregation decided to leave the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. and to become a charter, founding member of the Presbyterian Church in America.  The church took this action because they believed the PCUS had drifted from its Biblical moorings and, as a result, had taken positions and promoted issues that the members of DPC could not support.  The many ways God has blessed the life of DPC since this action serve as confirmation of the wisdom of that decision.   

In 2016, DPC called a new Senior Pastor, as our beloved pastor of 54 years retired to the status of Pastor Emeritus.  While a change in leadership necessitates other changes big and small, our church continues to have the same focus of ministry.  We are committed to proclaiming the good news of salvation by grace through faith in God's Son and to nurture those who already know Him as their Savior and Lord.  We are also committed to being active in our community, and using our gifts and resources for a variety of benevolent causes, especially local and foreign missions. 

Delhi Presbyterian Church has a heart for families and children in our area and regularly seeks to minister to their needs through a variety of discipleship opportunities throughout the week.  We are grateful to our God for His rich grace to us in our past years and are confident of that help in the days to come.   

Our current Senior Pastor, Chris Wright beside our Pastor Emeritus Paul Lipe

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