First Presbyterian Church has a long intertwining history with the city of Maumee and the surrounding area. The church continues to grow and adapt to the ever-changing needs of the community.
Brief history of First Pres Maumee:
- 1820 – 11 charter members organized the First Presbyterian Church of Maumee. Without a regular pastor, worship services were held in members’ homes or the schoolhouse.
- 1837 – A small frame church was constructed for the 27 members and growing
- 1914 – With World War I, membership dwindled, young men went to war, the pastor resigned to become a Navy chaplain and support was required from the Presbytery
- 1920 – Under a new minister’s leadership, the choir flourished, the building was refurbished/enlarged and membership grew
- 1945 – After World War II, church membership grew alongside the Maumee population
- 1950 – An adjacent house was acquired for Sunday School classrooms and a meeting room
- 1957 – An assistant pastor was appointed for the first time
- 1958 – The first two women were elected to Session
- 1960 – Property was acquired for the new sanctuary to be built as church membership approached 1,000
- 1969 – The new sanctuary and organ were dedicated; extensive renovations to the chapel and the creation of the Canfield Room were possible through a generous legacy donation
- 2003 – Capital campaign funds refurbished Fellowship Hall, renovated Sunday School classrooms and launched a contemporary worship service called “The Edge”
- 2012 – A capital campaign facilitated a major renovation to the church entry, offices, and classrooms in order to better fulfill our mission.
First Pres Maumee continues to seek to serve the church and community by honoring our mission statement: “The church family engaging each person to enrich our community through God’s glory through Jesus.”