History of PCC


Presbyterianism in America began on Maryland's Eastern Shore in the 17th century with settlers from Scotland and Ireland. This long tradition of Presbyterianiam continued in Kent County when a small group of people met on a back porch in 1985 to share dreams of a Presbyterian Church in Chestertown.

The first worship service was conducted in the Masonic Hall on High Street the following year with 85 charter members and the Rev. George Clayman as organizing pastor. Clayman was succeeded by the Rev. Earl Brooks as the first installed pastor and Rev. Sara Holben has been pastor since 2000. 

After a few years in a former residence on Philospher's Terrace, the church constructed a multi-purpose building on Gateway Drive. The gorgeous sanctuary was completed in 2007. 

In 30 years the congregation has grown to over 300 members, a professional and support staff of seven, and a full program of worship, education, music, mission, ministry with children and youth, fellowship, and pastoral care.

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