In 1955, the Chicago Presbytery appointed D. Clarence Spaulding to be the organizing pastor and interim minister of a new church in Winnetka, IL. Thirty-five families gathered and began services on January 22, 1956 at Skokie Junior High School. At the end of that first year, the 26-year-old Lloyd Ogilvie became the pastor, who asked the congregation for three things, "faith, prayer, and sacrifice."
The church building that stands today was dedicated at the corner of Willow and Hibbard in January 1961. Dr. Harold de Vries, a neighboring pastor, penned a poem in honor of this dedication, which ends, "Nothing moved me more [about this dedication ceremony] than the prominence given to the Word of God. For it is the message of God from the Word of God that meets the heart need of a hungry community, whose cry is, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus."
Our church's story now spans over 50 years, and includes the work of six pastors and one assistant pastor. The pastorates of the church include:
- Lloyd Ogilvie 1956-62
- Bruce Mase 1963-68
- David Donovan, Assistant Pastor 1965-74
- Ed Prasse 1969-74
- Robert Hudnut 1975-94
- Martha Greene 1995-2007
- David Lower 2008-
In that time the church has always listened for God's prompting as we labor to keep scripture - and the beliefs and values of Winnetka Presbyterian Church - at the heart and center of our fast-changing, turbulent world.