Our History

 

Westminster Presbyterian Church of Gulfport got its start in 1956. Neighbors and friends of the Bayou View community began meeting for Sunday School in what is now our Fellowship Hall. Then, just four years later, on March 27, 1960, one hundred twenty-one charter members, six ruling elders, and eight deacons, along with the organizing pastor, Rev. Frank A. Brooks, Jr., met and signed formal documents identifying this congregation as the newest member of the Presbyterian denominational family. Five years after that, on October 31, 1965, we dedicated our new sanctuary, pipe organ and beautiful stained-glass windows. In September 1973 we completed work on the Christian Education Building, immediately south of the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. We dedicated our bell tower in March 1974 at the celebration of our fourteenth anniversary, and in the mid-1980s we added some additional space to the Fellowship Hall to accommodate our growth. A number of gifted pastors followed Rev. Brooks and have served our membership well through the years, including Rev. Albert "Shep" Crigler, III, Rev. August Schmitt, Jr., Rev. Carl Schlich, III, Rev. Robert Rovell, Rev. Richard Swayze, Rev. Roe Callaway, Rev. George Bendall, Rev. Andy Wells, and currently Rev. Will Shurley.

Westminster is a part of the 

Five Ministry Areas 

Worship 
We seek to provide the congregation and community the opportunity for the regular, public, and corporate worship of Almighty God, in which all participants are encouraged to offer, with great frequency, the best of themselves and their talents.
Discipleship
We seek to obey Jesus's command to make disciples. We also work to ensure that every member and friend of the church is able to grow in faith through every season of life. 
Congregational Life
We seek to build an atmosphere of love and trust among the members and friends of the congregation and to equip the church to minister to one another in times of joy and sorrow. 
Missions & Outreach 
We seek to equip the congregation to share the good news of the gospel, both individually and collectively, through projects that match members gifts and talents with particular needs and contexts. 
Stewardship 
We seek to inspire the church's members, as individuals, to act as good stewards over the blessings they have personally received from God's creation. 
Westminster Presbyterian Church . 5005 Lawson Avenue . Gulfport . Mississippi 39507 
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