A brief history
Westminster was founded in 1952 when a group of ‘charter’ members out of the First
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Charlotte began worshipping at the chapel
of Queens College. In 1953 the Rev. Dr. Howard Chadwick was called to be
Westminster’s founding pastor and the church aligned itself with the Presbyterian
Under Dr. Chadwick’s leadership the church grew and was soon able to build the
current sanctuary at the intersection of Colville and Randolph Roads. After Dr.
Chadwick Westminster was served by the Rev. Dr. Eugene Poe, the Rev. Dr. Harry
Philipps, the Rev. Tom Sweets, and the Rev. Andy Smith. Our current senior pastor is
the Rev. Trevor Smith who began his work here on Pentecost Sunday of 2003.
Westminster’s roots then are in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church but, as
already noted, was organized as a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in the
United States (often referred to as the Southern Presbyterians). In 1983 Westminster
became a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA) when the two
largest branches of Presbyterians re-united. In 2013 Westminster transferred as a
congregation from the PC (USA) into the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians
(ECO) – a new denominational movement of Presbyterians seeking to boldly take the
Good News of the Gospel into our communities.
Over all the years of our life together, however, one constant has remained and that is
the preaching of the Gospel – that God so loved the world He sent his one and only
Son that whosoever believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life.