About Us

Our Story

Church History

Elsmere Presbyterian Church (EPC) is a well-established ministry in the suburbs of Wilmington, Delaware.  It was Christian education for children that birthed the ministry of Elsmere Presbyterian Church.

 

EPC began as a Sunday school outreach of the Hanover Presbyterian Church in 1889.  At that time the Elsmere area was undeveloped and largely rural.  In 1911 the church was officially organized as part of the New Castle Presbytery.  As the community around Elsmere developed, especially during World War II, growth of the congregation accelerated.  The growing congregation built the current sanctuary/fellowship hall building on New Road and Ohio Avenue in 1949.

 

In 1962 a Christian Education building was erected next to the sanctuary.  The education building was and is still used for Sunday Church School.  The education building also houses the Elsmere Presbyterian Church Child Care Center.

 

In 1989, during the ministry’s 100th year, the congregation connected the sanctuary and education building creating one structure.  There were several aims of the project including the removal of asbestos from the education building, an expansion of the EPC Child Care Center capacity, and a linking of the two buildings.  The project was entitled “Connecting the Church to the Community.”  

 

Today, as at the beginning, ministry to children is a vital part of EPC life.  Young children are cared for in EPC’s Child Care Center and our church school provides Christian Education to the children and youth of our church.

Matt Waters, Lay Pastor

Pastor Matt is passionate about the church acting as the body of Christ in the world around us.  Trained at Lancaster Theological Seminary, he affirms receiving people into Christian community just as they are.  Matt loves engaging people through creative play and humor – often finding the Holy Spirit waiting for us there!

 

Matt is proud (and fortunate!) to be married to his prom date, Yaz, a high school Spanish teacher.  Their boys, Sam and Jake, are beginning service careers of their own.

 

Bible verse: "Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized." - Acts 8:36

Thomas J Meehan, Director of Music

Thom is a retired music educator, having taught in the Delaware school system for 25 years. He started studying voice at the age of 15 and went on to study vocal music at the University of Delaware. Thom's own compositions reflect his strong vocal history. He has a love of language and his initial inspiration usually comes from the words. The majority of Thom's work is sacred music and he credits God as the ultimate creator of his music.

 

Bible verse: "What God hath cleansed,you must not call common." - Acts 10:15b

Diane Jackson, Office Volunteer

Diane is a married mother of 3 daughters and Grandmother (Gigi) to 4 grandchildren.  Along with volunteering in the church office Diane is also a Hospice volunteer.  Her hobbies include; singing, reading, crocheting and cooking.

 

Bible verse:  "Let me live that I might praise You." - Psalm 119:175