History of Peace Presbyterian Church
With the tremendous growth of the Stuart area during the 1980's, the New Church Development of the Presbytery of Tropical Florida recommended in 1982 that within five years there should be three new Presbyterian congregations in and around Stuart; specifically, one each in Palm City, Port St. Lucie, and Port Salerno.
First Presbyterian Church of Stuart, through its Session, agreed to help NCD's dream of expansion become a reality, and has served as "Mother Church" to all three of these new Presbyterian witnesses.
After preliminary meetings, the Port Salerno project started with two meetings on January 4th and February 2nd, held at the home of Catherine and William Scott and attended by twenty- eight and sixty-two people, repectively, mostly from the First Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Carl Pollheim was working in New Development at the Presbytery of Tropical Florida. From this capacity he came to the Port Salerno church. The name Peace Presbyterian Church was selected.
The first worship service was a communion service, held at 10 a.m. on February 8, 1987 at Port Cove Plaza. In an incomplete worship center, one hundred and one worshippers sat on loaned wooden chairs as Dr. Pollheim preached from a loaned lecturn. Sixty- five people signed the charter that day.
On February 15th, Sunday School began with classes for pre-school through adult. A spontaneous choir sprang up and by the end of the month the walls were finished and carpet laid. Site and Steering Committees were formed and working.
On March 19th, Peace Presbyterian's women's Association was organized.
On June 6th, the Presbytery of Tropical Florida gave permission for the organization of Peace Presbyterian Church.
The Presbytery of Tropical Florida met on September 29 and 30, approving the presentation of the charter, the Site Committee's choice of property and the purchase of same.
November 8th brought the organization of Peace Presbyterian Church by the Presbytery of Tropical Florida.
In May, ground was broken for the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall.
In November, the first worship service was held in the Fellowship Hall, followed a few weeks later by the first service in the Sanctuary.
In October, Dr. Carl Pollheim resigned and Rev. Dr. Amos Wilkie was appointed by the Presbytery as stated supply pastor.
In February, Rev. Dr. Richard Nystrom became interim pastor.
On April 24, Rev. Dr. James Bailey, II accepted the call to become our pastor. The church responded with much growth.
Peace welcomed part time Youth Director, Suzanne Murray.
Currently our membership is 389 and growing!