In 1985 several interested Presbyterians met in the Chapel of Young Harris College to discuss organizing a Presbyterian congregation in Towns and Union Counties.
As an expression of faith several families purchased property on the Young Harris Highway. Their faith was justified. On October 21, 1986, the Northeast Georgia Presbytery authorized the creation of Mountain Presbyterian Church and approved the purchase of the land for the church. On November 2, 1986, a service of organization, election and installation was held. The Reverend Dr. Charles Benz was installed as the pastor. At this time there were seventeen charter members. The congregation moved into its new home in September of 1988.
Since March 1990, our congregation has grown to members and friends who are active in the church. New programs have been started, and our outreach to the communities we serve and to the world has grown in accordance with our understanding of the ministry that is ours as disciples of Christ. We started the first Cub Scout troop in Union County in 11 years, invited A.A. and Al-Anon to use our facilities, and were active in the leadership of the community’s Children’s Christmas Wish Program. Members were instrumental in the founding of Support in Abusive Family Emergencies (S.A.F.E.) [The PCUSA’s Presbyterian Women’s Birthday Offering one year went to this S.A.F.E. program].
On September 15, 2002 we dedicated our newly expanded facilities. We effectively tripled the size of our facility, made it fully wheelchair accessible (including an elevator), and now have ample paved and lighted parking. There is still much to be done, and it can only happen if we, the members and friends of Mountain Presbyterian Church, participate in the programs and work of our church.
During the Covid pandemic, we were forced to hold services using YouTube and Zoom. Presently our church’s worship service is viewed online and in the pews. And the Bible Study is available on Zoom and in the Fellowship Hall.
May God continue to bless us, encourage us and guide us as we continue to grow in mission and ministry in this mountain community.
Approaches to all exterior doors are paved and are either on level ground or have appropriate ramps.
Handicapped parking spaces have been set aside in both the upper (North) parking lot and the special handicapped parking lot immediately adjacent to the east side of the Fellowship Hall.
All parking lots are adequately lighted for evening and night events.
An elevator is located in the west end of the Educational Wing.
Easily accessible wheelchair seating in the Sanctuary is available midway down the aisle on the right side of the Sanctuary with easy entrance from either the 2nd floor of the Educational Wing or by the North Entrance to the Sanctuary.
Handicap equipped restroom facilities exist in the Fellowship Hall area, on the first floor of the Educational Wing, and on the second floor of the Educational Wing, just off the Sanctuary.
Large print hymnals are readily available.