Life on Columbia Pike has changed since Arlington Presbyterian Church (APC) was chartered on April 21, 1908. People no longer ride in horse-drawn buggies and the busy thoroughfare that runs in front of the church is a far cry from farm lanes and dirt roads of yesteryear.
Several events worth noting include:
- Our church surviving the destruction of the building on December 20, 1924 due to fire.
- The laying of a new cornerstone on December 1, 1930.
- The ordination of the first woman as elder in 1941.
- The creation of the Ronda Gilliam Clothing Bank in 1960.
- The adoption of the “Covenant of Dissent” in response to the “Fidelity and Chastity” amendment in the Book of Order in 1997.
- Becoming a covenant congregation with CUPS (an organization that provides relief to those affected by the hurricanes in 2005).
- Celebrating our centennial anniversary during 2008 with a year full of special events.
- Joining V.O.I.C.E--an ecumenical, non-partisan group of faith-filled communities wanting to make changes on social justice issues affecting the lives of low- and middle income residents in 4 Northern Virginia jurisdictions: Prince William, Fairfax, Arlington, and Alexandria.
Throughout the years and events, the faithful witness of this congregation has not changed. Come join us as we begin our next 100 years.