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Timeline 1837 Organized with 22 members 1838 1st building (land $4, bricks $197) * 1839 89 members 1845 116 members 1854 A survey and map divided lot into plots for family burying grounds. 1868 The church outgrew the old church and it was torn down and replaced with the Present sanctuary in 1869 built on the foundation of old building adding 30' in length - capacity 300 (350 max.)- cost $8,000 - 100 members 1872 135 members 1930 202 members 1957 Land to rear of cemetery purchased for $8,000 1958 Christian Ed. Building/Douglas Hall - 290 members 1965 Frances Acken became the first woman to serve on the Board of Trustees and Jean Denton was the first to serve as a Deacon. 1967 Dwight A White becomes Senior Pastor 1969 30' addition to front of church for the choir loft - $259,000 1974 560 members 1990 Steve McConnell becomes the senior pastor 1990 Originally shown as 523 members. revised down to 303 members in 1999. 1993 Christian Ed. expansion - $1.1M - 737 members 1996 804 members 2000 1066 members 2001 1073 members ** 2002 1023 members 2003 Spring Phase I building complete est. $6.3M (10 classrooms, 21,700 sf. multipurpose room [seating for 400], 11 offices, parking) 2005 1192 members 2007 1269 members 2008 Steve McConnell, Senior Pastor, leaves 2009 1096 members Phase II of building plan - 600 person sanctuary $5.2M on hold* From some church records it states "The land was bought for $4 from the Ayers family, and Wm. Annin made and sold them the bricks for $197." Alice Lare's church history states "William Annin gave the ground". The Generation to Generation literature states the land was bought by the Basking Ridge Presbyterian church. 21 of the 22 original members came from the Basking Ridge church.
** Total congregation includes about 1,700 which counts additional family members (non-confirmed youth and non-member spouses). In addition there are about 300 people we minister to on a regular basis who are not members.
Phase I includes $400,000 for other projects; organ, manse, missions ...)
James T. (Dominie) English - First pastor 1837-1872 William D. Amos - pastor 1924-1947 Donald Douglas - In 1962 the upper floor of the christian education building was named Douglas Hall in honor of his 55 years of service including 35 years as treasurer. Alice Lare - Wrote "Liberty Corner and it's Church", 1969 Bicentennial Quilt dedicated in memory of Alice Lare in 1976 Samuel Lare - Served as elder and trustee in the 50's. He supervised the construction of the new christian education building in 1958 Samuel Sutphin 1746-1841 - A former slave who bought his freedom. After being refused a pension for his Revolutionary War service by the Federal Gov. The New Jersey Legislature passed a special act to award Sutphin a pension.Sources: