A Brief History of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey By John J. Sommese

A constituent of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, formed in 1962, when a petition was presented to the Presbytery of Morris and Orange with 152 signatures. Reverend Chester M. Davis received the title of the church’s pastor, and a ballot determined the church’s name.

On September 16, Berkeley Heights’ Westminster Presbyterian Church held its first worship service. A nearby school served as the location of the service due to the church’s lack of a proper facility. In 1963, the church held services in the Hamilton Terrace School, and Reverend Robert B. Sheldon took over the position as the pastor, a role he would fulfill for 24 years.

In 1965, construction of the Westminster Presbyterian Church current facility began, and in 1966, the church held its formal dedication. The church has served the residents of Berkeley Heights ever since. In addition, the church opened its Westminster Nursery School in 1971.

About the Author: A national media sales executive, John J. Sommese is proud to list the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, among his charitable contributions.

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