Church History

painted by Rev. Alfred Bennett  (building in pre-1840 state)

photo courtesy of Richard Suter

Gallatin First Presbyterian Church is registered by the Presbyterian Historical Society of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is an American Presbytierian and Reformed Historical Site. The Tennessee Historical Commission sign on the front lawn of the church reads: "The oldest church building in Gallatin in continuous existence. The church was organized October 25, 1828. The building was erected in 1836-37 and is an example of early Greek revival architecture. The sanctuary was used as a hospital by the Federal troops during the Civil War." First Presbyterian is a daughter church of Shiloh Presbyterian Church which was organized in 1793 and is presently located about six miles northeast of Gallatin. As members of the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee, we affirm the histroic Christian faith as expressed in the creeds and confessions of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and strive by our life and love to translate the faith into life.

Today, First Presbyterian Church is more than a monument to mission in the local community, it is a vibrant mission suporting community ministries, such as Gallatin Day Care, Meals on Wheels, Gallatin C.A.R.E.S., Good Neighbor Mission, Home Safe, Salvus Center and Habitat for Humanity. As well as many community organizations, such as Boy and Girl Scouts Troop 425, A.A.R.P who have met here for fifty years.