Our Story

How it all started...

Lansdale Presbyterian began with the church planting efforts of Rev. James Ransom in the spring of 1956 through the combined efforts of Calvary Presbyterian Church of Willow Grove and Faith Presbyterian Church of Quarryville.

On October 21, 1956 the first service was held in a small church building at the corner of Wood Street and Derstine Avenue. Space was an issue almost from the beginning as the small chapel only had meeting for about 50 people. In 1959 we join the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America, General Synod.


EXPANDING THE VISION . . .

By 1960 we were able to purchase a new building at 30 West Mount Vernon Street. In 1962 Pastor Ransom was called to plant another church in Connecticut and later that year Rev. John Clark answered the call to become our new Senior Pastor, a position he held until 1999. During this time the church continued to grow spiritually and numerically. Our current property was purchased and a new building erected with the first worship service held in February of 1974.

In June of 1999 Rev. Tom Keane, long time Associate Pastor, accepted the call to become our next Senior Pastor. Pastor Keane has faithfully served LPC in a variety of roles since 1976. Under his leadership our Session engaged in a revitalization process that has led to the spiritual growth and health of our congregation including growth in our membership and an additional expansion of our building.

Where we are headed...

In the Spring of 2018 a pulpit search committee was formed after learning about Tom Keane's intent to retire at the end of 2020. In November 2019, the congregation voted to call Rev. Brian Hand (then Assistant Pastor) to the role of Church Life Pastor and Rev. Chris Kennedy to be our fourth Lead Pastor.

Chris Kennedy is currently still in Ireland due to Covid travel bans but is able to serve LPC as a contracted consultant.  We hope to welcome Chris and his family in the coming months.

As has been the case from our founding, we continue to be committed to the Scriptures and bring the gospel of Christ to all people.