About Us

A Little History

In September 1962, about a hundred people gathered at Hope Valley School to lay plans for the organization of a Presbyterian church in the rapidly growing southwest Durham area. Westminster Presbyterian Church was founded in 1963 by Granville Presbytery (now New Hope Presbytery) with 124 charter members. Our first worship service was held on May 26, 1963, at Hope Valley School. In early 1965, the congregation began raising funds to build its own building, and the land for Westminster’s campus was donated by Mrs. C.T. Council, Sr. The Education Building and Fellowship Hall were completed in early summer 1967.

Our Vision

Westminster is guided by Micah 6:8:  “And what does the Lord require of you but to DO JUSTICE, and to LOVE KINDNESS, and to WALK HUMBLY with your God?”

Do  Because God calls us to do justice and to love our neighbors, we feel called to better know and understand those who live and work around WPC. With this knowledge, we seek to engage and work shoulder-to-shoulder with our neighbors in the spirit of mutuality and respect.

Love  Our hope is for WPC to be a community in which all feel deeply connected – to each other and the larger community. This connection means that members know each other and are known, caring for one another in difficult seasons, and placing the church at the center of their lives.

Walk  We want to be as prepared as possible for the important work to which we are called and this begins with a clear Christian identity. By deepening our spiritual lives through discipleship, testimony, and Bible study, we build our capacity to achieve the kindness and justice to which we aspire.

Our Mission

We are a community, a covenant people. In response to God’s love and grace, we proclaim and demonstrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ within our congregation, throughout the community and to the world. As disciples in the Reformed Tradition, led by the Holy Spirit, we affirm our faith through worship, nurture, outreach, stewardship, and education. We go into the future with hope and confidence in God’s purpose. – Composed by the Session, January 1987; Amended by the Session, January 1997

Westminster has two hour-long Sunday morning worship services, starting at 8:30am and 11:00am. The services are nearly identical, with the Chancel Choir participating at 11:00am. Church School for children and adults falls between them, starting at 9:45am. During the summer, only one worship service takes place at 10:00am. Learn more about Sundays at Westminster.
The care of our church members takes many hands and hearts volunteering through our congregational care program. We also like to share the lighter side and have some fun though many congregation-led fellowship activities.
Westminster and its members serve many local, regional, and global ministries chosen by where members feel called to serve. We also share the church facilities with numerous clubs and organizations that promote healthy and positive lifestyles for children and families.
God gives us so many gifts. We are called to share those gifts – our time, our talents, and our money, to do God’s work in the church and in the world. Learn more about stewardship at Westminster.
Christian Education is the foundation of numerous programs for children, youth, and adults. Church School, Youth Group, Vacation Church School, numerous Bible-focused classes and study groups, and more provide educational growth for all ages.

Our Welcome

Westminster Presbyterian Church welcomes all to participate fully in the life of the church. Jesus, in his life and teachings, acknowledged all persons as wonderfully made children of God, each equally worthy of God’s unconditional love.

So, striving to follow Jesus, we welcome everyone, with affirmation and celebration, praying God will draw us into deeper relationship with each other and with Christ as we worship and serve together.

If you have known the pain of exclusion and discrimination in the church or in society, know that you are welcome here.


At Westminster, ordination of church officers and member weddings are celebrated as acts of the Holy Spirit at work in the church regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.   

Learn how Westminster’s Welcome statement was developed and how we can live into the values we proclaim together with these resources: