Learn About Our History
On Sunday, April 16, 1961, St. Thomas Episcopal Church of North Syracuse conducted a service of organization for Northminster Presbyterian Church. 150 people signed up as charter members. Sunday worship services were held in the Brown School on Buckley Road.
Our church was built in stages. The classrooms and all-purpose room were built first and completed in 1963. Worship was held in the all-purpose room with adult and children's bible study meetings in various classrooms.
The first service in the new sanctuary happened Christmas Eve of 1967. The architecture of the sanctuary is inspired by the "tent" meetings in biblical times. The pews are arranged in a horseshoe shape around the communion table and pulpit, which puts the focus on "the Word and Sacrament."
In 1963, The Northminster Nursery School began as an outreach to the community. Today, it goes by Northminster Early Childhood Center, which now includes a program for two-year-olds and Universal Pre-K.
In 2002, the "Dream Team" was formed to consider the issues of accessibility, heat loss, and lack of space for meals—as well as fellowship opportunities and more efficient work space for staff. A plan was developed that included programmatic enhancements as well as facility improvements. In 2006, a renovation of the physical space began and a feeling of spiritual renewal ensued.