Fairfield Presbyterian Church
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|Fairfield Presbyterian Church|
The Old Stone Church (1780), a mile and a half south of the current church building
|Location||53 Main Street Church Lane, Fairton, New Jersey|
|Denomination||Presbyterian Church in America|
|Previous denomination||United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America|
|Completed||1850 (current church),
1780 (Old Stone Church)
|Presbytery||New Jersey, PCA|
|Pastor(s)||Rev. Michael Schuelke|
Old Stone Church
|Nearest city||Fairton, New Jersey|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architectural style||Georgian, Builder Georgian|
|NRHP Reference #||77000860|
|Added to NRHP||May 12, 1977|
|Designated NJRHP||May 8, 1973|
Fairfield Presbyterian Church in Fairton, New Jersey is a historic Presbyterian Church in America congregation. It was founded in 1680 when a log church was built on the banks of the Cohansey Creek, and it is the oldest existing congregation currently within the PCA (which it joined in 1980 after leaving the UPCUSA in 1971). This log church was replaced by a New England style frame building sometime between 1713 and 1715.
In 1780 the Old Stone Church was built, which still exists a mile and half to the south of Fairton. The stone church was in use till 1850, when the present building in Fairton was completed. Since then the Old Stone Church has been preserved and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
In 2006 the church celebrated its 325th anniversary. The church subscribes to the Westminster Confession of Faith. The current senior pastor is Rev. Michael Schuelke, who has served the congregation since 1992.
The Succession of Pastors Serving the Fairfield Presbyterian Church
- M. Bradnor (1680-1695)
- Thomas Bridges (1695-1702)
- Joseph Smith (1709-1711)
- Samuel Exell (1712-1712)
- Howell A.P. Howell (1715-1717)
- Henry Hook (1718-1722)
- Noyes Parris (1724-1729)
- Daniel Elmer (1729-1755)
- William Ramsey (1756-1771)
- William Hollingshead (1773-1783)
- Ethan Osborn (1789-1844)[n 1]
- David McKee (1836-1838)
- Beriah B. Hotchckin (1845-1850)
- David C. Meeker (1851-1855)
- James Boggs (1857-1866)
- Hiram E. Johnson (1866-1869)
- Samuel R. Jones (1869-1874)
- Samuel R. Anderson (1875-1883)
- Henry Reeves (1883-1885)
- Frank R. Symmes (1886-1890)
- Thomas W. Pulham (1891-1893)
- George Warrington (1894-1897)
- J.N. Wagenhurst (1897-1900)
- John Bamford (1901-1903)
- W.J. Trimble (1903-1906)
- William Bullock (1907-1908)
- Nelson B. Kline (1909-1910)
- William M. Seel (1912-1914)
- Franklin Weatherwax (1914-1917)
- Nelson B. Kline (1918-1922)
- Jacob Dyke (1922-1923)
- J. Howard Douglas (1923-1928)
- Clinton Cook (1929-1941)
- Arthur Haverly (1942-1945)
- John Taxis (1945-1947)
- Paul Stauning (1947-1951)
- Ralph Tamaccio (1951-1954)
- Lincoln Griswold (1955-1958)
- Allen Ackley (1960-1964)
- Vaughn Thurman (1965-1967)
- Charles Dennison (1972-1976)
- Lawrence C. Roff (1977-1984)
- Allan Story (1985-1992)
- Michael Schuelke (1992–present)
Source: "Fairfield Presbyterian Church (PCA)". PCA Historical Center. Presbyterian Church in America.
- The longest serving pastor at 55 years.
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- "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Cumberland County" (PDF). Historic Preservation Office. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
- "Presbyterian Church in America : Church Directory". Stat.pcanet.org.
- "Tri-Centennial Anniversary Celebration" (PDF). Fairfield Presbyterian Church.
- "PCA Historical Center: Fifty Oldest Churches in the PCA". Pcahistory.org.
- "PCA Historical Center: Fairfield Presbyterian Church (PCA), Fairton, NJ". Pcahistory.org.
- "325th Anniversary | Fairfield Presbyterian Church, PCA". Fairfieldpca.org.
- "Our Beliefs | Fairfield Presbyterian Church, PCA". Fairfieldpca.org.
- "Fairfield History | Fairfield Presbyterian Church, PCA". Fairfieldpca.org.
- Fairfield Presbyterian Church (Fairton, N.J.), Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Department of Archives and Special Collections (1996). The Fairfield Presbyterian Church Manuscript Collection. Princeton Theological Seminary Library.
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