In 1849, two years after the City of Syracuse incorporated and 20 years before the founding of Syracuse University, sons and daughters of Scotch Irish immigrants organized our church as a congregation of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, dedicated to witness to God’s redeeming love for sinners, to Christ’s kingdom in which creation is restored and reconciled to its Creator, and to the authority and relevance of God’s written Word for every aspect of life.
Reformed Presbyterians took an early stand against slavery. Syracuse was a hub of abolitionist activity, and the founders of our church were active participants in the movement. We continue to be a voice for the dignity of all human beings as bearers of God’s image. In 1865 at the end of the Civil War, our bell was raised to the steeple. It is still rung every Sunday to call our community to worship the Lord and rejoice in the freedom God gives us in Jesus Christ.
In the 1970s and 80s, God revived our church with growth and outward focus. Syracuse RP has been used in the planting of churches throughout Central New York. By God’s grace, we continue the heritage handed down to us of exalting Christ and proclaiming His gospel.