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Westminster Presbyterian Church

of Roswell, New Mexico

 

 

Westminster Presbyterian Church was officially organized on April 26, 1961 with 82 charter members.   Rev. Travis Hyatt was the organizing pastor and moderator of Pecos Valley Presbytery (now Sierra Blanca Presbytery).    Westminster was organized by members of First Presbyterian Church of Roswell because they thought First Presbyterian had become too large to be able to meet the needs of all the congregation, and that a second church would give people a choice of attending a large church or a smaller more intimate congregation.   

 

The first worship service of the new Roswell Presbyterian Fellowship was held on Sunday, February 19, 1961 in the Knights of Pythias Hall at 1601 W. Second Street (now occupied by Fulkerson Plumbing).  The hall was rented for Wednesday evenings and Sundays only.   Congregation members needed to arrive early on Sunday mornings to set up chairs and clean the facilities to create a worshipful atmosphere.

 

In 1962 a building site was located, which was donated by the builders of Enchanted Hills.  Dick Wagoner was selected as architect and Holloway Construction Company as the builder.  A Mission Grant from General Assembly provided enough cash to get started, but when it came to financing the building, they had nothing to secure a loan.   The loan company agreed to accept personal signatures from the membership to secure the loan by using their homes as collateral.   Members also assisted with the building project by doing finishing work, such as painting, laying floor tile, etc., to help defray some of the cost.   The building was completed and was dedicated on May 16, 1965.   The closing of Walker Air Force Base in the mid 1960’s, put a strain on all of Roswell, since many families moved away.    In the early 1990’s, Westminster’s membership increased and the original building was enlarged with additional classrooms and a Fellowship Hall.   The new additions were dedicated on April 23, 1995.

 

Westminster is a friendly, family-oriented church where all people are welcome and accepted.   We follow a motivating, insightful and hopeful interpretation of God’s word.   We offer intelligent thought provoking study groups, and opportunities for members to do Christ’s work through their church and voluntary Community Service.   Our strong support of mission giving fulfills our belief of following Christ by caring for God’s creation and all people.