Northminster Presbyterian Church (NPC) is a smaller close-knit congregation. We pride ourselves on being welcoming and friendly. If you join us for worship on multiple occasions, you will likely see at least some familiar faces after your first visit.
We represent a wide variety of theological and political views and do not have a cookie-cutter or one-size-fits-all approach to religion or social situations.
Our vision is centered around three primary concepts:
- To GATHER in worship and fellowship
- To GROW in understanding and love of Christ
- To SERVE those around us, especially those in need
Please take a few moments to look around our site and see if who we are fits who you are or who you want to be. More information can be found on the Worship page.
We worship at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. We welcome you to come join us for worship or any of our events!
If you have additional questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
What Do We Believe?
We are Presbyterian, so our basic beliefs align with those of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA). What does that mean, you ask? Here is some basic information:
- Presbyterians are Christians. In short, this means that we believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. We believe in the doctrine of the trinity; that there is one God, made up of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- Presbyterians are part of what is called the Reformed Theology. We are Protestant. This means that we do not follow the Pope or the Roman Catholic Church.
- Presbyterians have a form of government unique to many other denominations. The church government is made up of both ministers and church members who are not ministers. At the local level, the church is governed by the Session, made up of a Teaching Elder (pastor) and Ruling Elders (elected congregation members). Each church belongs to a Presbytery, which belongs to a Synod. Each Synod sends representatives to General Assembly every three years, where the policies and procedures of the church as a whole (PCUSA) may be reviewed and revised as the whole sees fit.
Here are some links to additional information:
- What is unique about the Presbyterian Church?
Describes the Reformed traditions and church government in more detail.
Discusses the churches theology in detail.
- How to speak Presbyterian
Breaks down the “lingo” of Presbyterianism and defines what various terms mean.
The History of Northminster Presbyterian Church
The Early Days
Northminster Presbyterian was created in 1961 after the pastor of Collegiate Presbyterian Church initiated the idea. He saw an emerging need to serve people in northeast Ames, which was growing rapidly.
Two members of Collegiate contributed $500 each toward the purchase of land east of the present Ames High School. With the support of North Central Iowa Presbytery, six couples, members of Collegiate Presbyterian Church, joined the founding pastor, Paul Parker, in planning. A manse chapel was completed at 1925 Hunziker Drive. One hundred thirty-one attended the first worship on October 8, 1961.
The pastor and members soon began plans for a church building. The building committee chose an architect and began plans for the church building at 1416 20th Street. This building is still in use today.
A New Beginning
The first service in the new Northminster Church was held January 5, 1964. What joy! No more Sunday School in kitchens and closets, and plenty of room for worship.
In 17 years the building was paid off. The next year, 1982, brought a new organ to the sanctuary, filling the room with music we had not heard before. The church opened its rooms for community groups.
A few years later, members began to feel pinched for space. Classrooms were crowded and there was little working space for staff. A new pastor study, office space, handicapped accessible restrooms, air conditioning and storage was added in 1986.
Building and Growing
In 1997 the process was begun to design and construct the current church building to meet the congregation’s ministry needs. The current sanctuary, an addition on the 1416 20th Street site, was dedicated in August, 2001. This addition doubled the worship and Christian Education space, including providing space for an extended Wednesday afternoon Christian Education program open to children in the Ames schools (NOW). In addition, various community groups are able to utilize the space, including a before and after school children’s child care program, a Korean church congregation, and other community groups.
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