Green Mountain Presbyterian Church

A brief history

Green Mountain Presbyterian Church began in 1883 as a Bible School meeting in a tent near 11th and Larimer Streets in Denver. The First United Presbyterian Church of Denver was formally established June 3, 1883. In 1895 it relocated to the corner of 14th and Lincoln—across from the State Capitol grounds.  The church remained at this location until 1965 when it relocated to its present location on Green Mountain, Lakewood.

Over the years, as the downtown church grew, in 1953 it added an education building and a center in North Denver, providing an active Christian program for multiracial children and families in the Stapleton Housing area.  The church also sponsored the organization of Calvary United Presbyterian in Southeast Denver.  The church reached a peak of 1000 members in 1957.

As plans for the new Green Mountain church were being made in 1962, services were held at Green Mountain Elementary School for those new church members living in the west while continuing services for the downtown members at Civic Center.  Groundbreaking ceremonies took place July 19, 1964 for the new Green Mountain building.  The two groups worshiped together for the first time on September 26, 1965 when the Cornerstone Laying Service was held at the new building site.  Our current facility was dedicated May 8, 1966.

 
 
Corner Stone from the 14th and Lincoln church

Corner Stone from the 14th and Lincoln church

Church at 14th and Lincoln *Courtesy of Denver Public Library

Church at 14th and Lincoln *Courtesy of Denver Public Library

1883~1961

1883 A Sabbath school held in a tent at 11th and Curtis streets in downtown Denver is reorganized at First United Presbyterian Church.

1895 Parish Moved to a building between 13th and 14th Ave.

1908 Electric filament lamps installed for 25th anniversary

1942 Session voted to make a contribution to the Japanese church at 25th & California streets for repairs to damages caused by vandals

1953 Parish added a christian education building and center in North Denver for multiracial families in the Stapleton housing development area, as well as sponsoring the formation of Calvary United Presbyterian Church in southeast Denver.

1956   Parish partners with other churches to develop Kentucky Circle Village housing project


1962 ~ 1983

1962   First worship service in Green Mountain held at the elementary school

1964   Groundbreaking for current building: July 19th

1965   Cornerstone laying service at the present building: September 26th

1966   Dedication of current building May 8th

1977   First United Presbyterian Church in Green Mountain officially changed its name to Green Mountain United Presbyterian Church

1983   Parish revived a First United Presbyterian Church mission project by again supporting the Christian hospital in Taxila, Pakistan

Stained Glass from First United Presbyterian Church

Stained Glass from First United Presbyterian Church


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New Millennium

2000   Memorial Garden Columbarium dedicated

2002   Second Wind Fund started

2011   Stained glass window from downtown church restored and hung over the stairway

2012   Elevator installed and dedicated

2013   Stephen Ministry renewed

2014   Solar panels installed to provide electricity

2016   Restrooms and offices renovated to provide handicapped accessibility

2018   Parking lot and grounds renovated to provide safer accessibility