Pineville Presbyterian Church is situated on the corner of Menge Ave and Dale Lane in Pass Christian, Mississippi and was established in October 9, 1877. This small traditional country church is set among three large live oak trees that run along our Menge road frontage. The property acreage has more large live oaks, pecan trees set among the newly established Morrison Gardens. The Morrison Garden has numerous hybrids developed by Ben Morrison on display in our walking garden. God has a plan and vision for us, and we are endeavoring to discover and live into that divine plan. We invite you to discover us and help us live as a church of Jesus Christ at our small country Church. May God be with and bless us all, for it is time for family, faith, and friends. The church belongs to the Past, the Present and Future as it continues to share the Good News of God’s Word.
The original site of the Pineville Presbyterian Church was a gift from Stephen and Elizabeth Dale. The 70×70 ft. property, situated on the corner of Menge Ave and Dale Lane, was deeded to the trustees of the First Presbyterian Church of Pass Christian on October 9, 1877 to hold until the Mission Church was established in Pineville Village.
The small congregation immediately began to build the church, and met under the beautiful Oak trees until its completion in 1878. This first structure measured 40 x 20 feet and accommodated 130 people. In 1912 the little Mission Church became a self-supporting church with 14 members in the Meridian Presbytery.
A fire destroyed the church building in December 1917, but a new church was begun immediately and completed in 1918. Some timbers used in the new building were from the First Presbyterian Church of Pass Christian, which was destroyed in the hurricane of 1915. The bell in the belfry, a pulpit Bible, pulpit chairs, a hand crafted pulpit, two stained glass windows and other items are from the Pass Christian Church. The present building, shaped in the form of a modified cross, can seat more than 100 people.
Gifts in memory of the Lawrence family and Henry & Christine Lindsey in 1960 and 1962 increased the size of the original property. Sunday School rooms, a Pastor’s Study and the Memorial Hall were added between 1962 and 1980. The Manse, sited just south of the church, was built in 1978 and when not in use as such, serves as a rental property.
The church suffered significant damage from hurricanes Camille (1969) and Katrina (2005) In both cases, through much hard work, church repairs were completed within about a year. Katrina, in particular, caused great damage to the lives and property of all our church families. One church couple perished in the storm surge and nine members were forced to move away. The disaster however, prompted an unprecedented outpouring of support from volunteers and financial donations from individuals and churches across the country. This was most critical to returning the church and its families to a normal life.
In its country setting among the oak and pecan trees, the church belongs to the Past, the Present and Future as it continues to share the Good News of God’s Word.
Invitation to Communion
It is sometimes called the Lord’s Supper, holy meal, thanksgiving or the Breaking of Bread, but all of these signify the one Sacrament. The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, God offers us continued spiritual nourishment and sustains us in the communion of the body of Christ. All Christians who trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are invited to share in Holy Communion with us.
What Does It Mean to Be Presbyterian?
As Protestant Christians, we accept the authority of the Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, and profess our faith in God, who is known to us as the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Our faith has been especially influenced by the Protestant Reformation: salvation through faith in Jesus Christ alone, the authority of the Bible for faith and life, and our individual duty to be a minister of Christ always. Each individual must determine how to apply these principles in his or her own life.
Above all else it is our mission to share the love of God through Jesus Christ through word and deed. Presbyterians spread the love of God throughout the world by emphasizing the need for worship, developing new churches, and by fostering mission activities. We respond to disaster situations, minister to the sick and the needy, and educate new generations of Christian men and women to continue our legacy of service to God and the community.
All that is required to be a Presbyterian is to:
- Confess the Christian faith.
- Trust in Christ as our forgiving savior.
- Promise to follow Christ and Christ’s example for living.
- Commit oneself to the church and to become involved in its work.
Presbyterians believe that salvation is assured through faith in Jesus Christ. They believe that God calls them to serve others by following Jesus’ example of love for all the people of the world. They study the Bible in order to learn about who God calls them to be. They use their faith as a base of strength to be used in Christian service to others.