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In 1940, the community of Inverness was growing rapidly.  About 300 new homes had already been built and more were on the drawing board.  A movement was started to form a Presbyterian congregation by Mrs. Elisabeth Nackel who enlisted the help of Rev. Robert J. Riddle, Pastor of Kenwood Presbyterian Church.  A planning committee was created, and on October 6, 1940 the first official meeting of the church took place at the home of Mrs. Harry Buzzard on Bayside Drive.  This first meeting was a Sunday School Service, where 50 men, women, and children attended.  Rev. Riddle helped to create a Church Service, and Inverness Presbyterian Church was born. 

 

Dr. Robert F. Ogden became the first full time Pastor on July 6, 1941.  Dr. Ogden left a year and a half later to join the armed forces. 

 

In July of 1943, Inverness Presbyterian Church was “official organized” with 52 Charter members.  A pledge campaign was started to raise money for the construction of a Church building on property recently donated by the I. J. Bolton Company, and in January 1944 construction began.  Mr. C.E. Canady, Jr., a Princeton Seminary graduate, was also installed as the full time Pastor in January.   Rev. Canady officiated the first service in the new Building on Easter Sunday in 1944, located at

 

Church attendance continued to grow, and a new educational building was built to accommodate Sunday School classes in the new building.  Construction was finished and the building was dedicated on March 27, 1947.  The complex was expanded once again in 1958, as a new educational building was built and connected to the existing educational building.  The construction for that project finished in April, 1959. 

 

The Sanctuary was expanded in 1962, now under the pastoral care of Rev. Charles H. Reed (who would remain in the pastorate for 11 years, a job he took on a “temporary” basis!). 

 

Rev. William Jones began his Ministry on December 23, 1966 at Inverness Presbyterian.  As the years went on, the Lord continued to reach the community of Inverness, even causing Rev. Jones to make good on his promise to eat breakfast on the church roof when Sunday School enrollment reached 400!

 

On October 3, 1971 the congregation voted to request independent status from the Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in the United States.  This became effective on November 16, 1971.  The congregation then voted to join the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), and was received into the Mid-Atlantic Presbytery (now known as the Potomac Presbytery) on October 30, 1973. 

 

Rev. Jones left his post for a few short years to plant a PCA church in High Point, North Carolina.  During that time, Rev. Onesimus J. Rundus became the seventh pastor of Inverness Presbyterian Church.  


In 1978, Pastor Jones returned to resume his Pastorate here at IPC.  “Evangelism Explosion” was started soon after in 1980, and has continued as a strong program ever since.  This is a highly effective method of training and equipping lay persons to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their community and around the world. 

 In 1983, a Pre-School for students who were 3 and 4 was started.  That ministry continues today in our current location, directed by Mrs. Grace Maynard.  

Finally, in 1988, another discussion was brought about concerning the need for more space.  After years of meetings, planning, and discussions with the neighbors, it was decided that Inverness Presbyterian was to move.  In God’s sovereign plan, a bowling alley sat for sale less than a mile away.  The bowling alley boasted 2.8 acres of space, a large parking lot, a complex on a single level (no steps!), and a wonderful location at a visible intersection.  On January 10, 1993, the congregation unanimously voted to purchase the bowling alley as the new home of Inverness Presbyterian Church (PCA). 

 

The 7909 Wise Ave location is the current home of Inverness Presbyterian Church, and has served the congregation well.  Construction began in June of 1993, and the first service was held at 3:00 PM on October 9, 1994. 

 

Our Senior Pastor, Robert Dillard, became the Senior Pastor in June of 2003, after leaving Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Our Administrator, Janet Hughes, began working here in February of 2007.  And our current Youth Director, Dan Hall, has been with us since January of 2011. 

 

 

Many thanks to Dan Thacker, who worked hard to provide excellent details in a beautiful record book, which is kept in the Church Library.  For more information on our History, or to see photographs of both our old and new building, please visit the Library and find Dan’s album, “Inverness Presbyterian Church: 1940-1993.  A Chronology.”  


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