Ward Evangelical Presbyterian Church
|Ward Evangelical Presbyterian Church|
|Denomination||Evangelical Presbyterian Church (United States)|
|Weekly attendance||2,500 (2011)|
|Senior pastor(s)||Dr. Scott McKee|
Ward started on May 1, 1956, in the Lincoln School in Livonia, Michigan. In 1960, Ward relocated to the corner of Farmington and 6 Mile. As the church was growing, Ward kept expanding. In 1972, an 1100-seat sanctuary was opened, and in 1978, Knox Hall, the Calvin Room, and Children's and Student ministry spaces were completed. Ward also planted three daughter churches: Trinity Presbyterian Church in Plymouth in 1979, Grace Chapel in Farmington Hills in 1983, and Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Brighton in 1986. The church decided to withdraw from the United Presbyterian Church (now the Presbyterian Church (USA))and was instrumental in the creation of its current denomination, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
In 1983, Ward purchased land at its current site at 6 Mile and Haggerty in Northville Township, and was completed in March 1998. Ward Evangelical Presbyterian Church celebrated 50 years of ministry in May 2006.
Dr. Bartlett L. Hess was the founding pastor, who served from 1956 to 1992. Rev. Mark Brewer succeeded him; departing in 1994. Perry Mobley then briefly served as interim. Dr. James McGuire was called as senior pastor on October 1995 and served until September 2006. Rev. Joel Eidsness served as Interim Senior Pastor until December 2008, and in February 2009, Rev. Scott McKee began serving as senior pastor.