Our History

God has been good to Westminster, and throughout its history the people of Westminster have sought to respond to that goodness by passing it on to others. Our past, present, and future, remain in God’s capable hands.

A Brief History of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Akron, Ohio

In 1919, First Presbyterian Church on East Market Street, Akron, Ohio, had a vision for their members on the west side of Akron and bought the property at the corner of West Exchange Street and Mull Avenue. It was farmland in those days and had been the site of the old Summit County Home. In 1927 they dedicated the West Side Parish House of First Presbyterian Church, moving the Sunday School from Portage Path School where it had been meeting. That old building is now surrounded by the buildings of Westminster and has become Wright-Herberich Hall named in honor of the first pastor Rev. J. Carroll Wright & Christine Herberich. He nurtured the parish and was installed as full pastor when the Presbytery of Cleveland accepted the membership desire to break away from First Church into Westminster Presbyterian Church on June 9, 1936.

Westminster bought both the land and the parish house from First Church. The cornerstone for the sanctuary part of the quad (there are four areas to a quad) was laid June 26, 1949. The sanctuary was finished and dedicated on November 12, 1950. The parish house formed the east-west side of the quad and became Wright-Herberich Hall. In October 1960, the old Adams estate between West Market and West Exchange Streets and Mull Avenue was purchased by the consortium of Ohio Presbyterian Homes and Westminster Church who took the portion on the Exchange Street side for their parking lot for their growing church. Ohio Presbyterian Homes established Rockynol, which had been the name of the Adams estate.

The third side of the quad became the new education wing and was dedicated on June 8, 1958. It has been the most used of all the buildings.

The chapel side of the quad never became a reality, but in 1991 a chapel was created out of the old boardroom behind the sanctuary and was named in honor of Dr. Harry W. Eberts, Jr. following his retirement from the ministry and Westminster in 1991. The creation of the Celtic Garden has given our neighbors a place to reflect on the beauty of God’s Creation. The installation of a beautiful new Schantz Organ has enhanced our music ministry. And over the years many special gifts of time, talent, and treasure have been given that have allowed us to ensure the long-term viability of our congregation.

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