A Historical Sketch of First Presbyterian Church, Borger

 

1927 is an important date for the Presbyterians in Borger, Texas!  An oil boom-town, hundreds of people seemed to be arriving daily, many living in little more than canvas tents and competing for scraps of space.  In this hurley-burley atmosphere there were a few early citizens who desired to form congregations, including a few hearty Presbyterians.  In August of 1927 an invitation to two pastors in Oklahoma was accepted and a service was held in order to bring together any persons who desired to organize a Presbyterian church.  On September 21, 1927 the Presbytery of Amarillo (now a part of Palo Duro Presbytery) place First Presbyterian Church of Borger, Texas on its roll of the Presbytery.  The first pastor, Rev. A. K. Price, came to Borger in September, but due to very poor health was forced to resign and died shortly thereafter.  From that traumatic experience the congregation soon recovered and began to thrive.

 

The “Little White Church” was the first permanent home of the congregation, but after decades of expansion upon expansion, a building committee was formed and the present facility on the corner of Coolidge and McGee was dedicated on Easter Sunday, April 17, 1949, during the twenty-four year pastorate of the Rev. James Glenn.  Within five years the new building was paid for and the Educational Building was started.

 

Over the years there have been changes to the interiors spaces of the church, while the congregation has grown and shifted with the population of the town.  During the late 1950's the congregation held two weekly Services of Worship, and many a story is told of young children peering over the balcony rail while their parents were singing in the Chancel Choir. 

 

During the tumultuous latter half of the 1960's the congregation suffered a breach, with many of the congregation’s leaders and members departing to other churches, and more than a few became instrumental in the formation of a new congregation within Borger.  Having weathered that crisis in its history and continuing to remain a vital part of the whole community, First Presbyterian Church of Borger celebrated it Seventy-Fifth Anniversary during September of 2002 with quite a few folks coming in to town to join in the festivities, including Mrs. June Glenn, wife of the late Rev. James Glenn and the mother of our long time music Director, Mr. J. Scott Glenn.

 

After seventy-five years of struggle and celebration, the congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Borger, Texas continues to strive, thrive, and live the call to discipleship.  If you’re ever in these parts, stop in and become part of our history!

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