Presbyterianism in America began on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in the 17th century with settlers from Scotland and Ireland. This long tradition of Presbyterianism 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 services were conducted in the Masonic Hall on High Street.
This congregation was formally organized by New Castle Presbytery 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. After his retirement, he was succeeded by the Rev. Sara Holben who served the church from 2000 to the summer of 2018. The Rev Caitlan Gartland has been Associate Pastor since 2015. An active “Pastor Nominating Committee” worked to help us find and call Rev. Joel Tolbert who became our new lead Pastor February 2020.
The present sanctuary on Gateway Drive was built in the early 1990s as a multi-purpose room, classrooms and offices. The gorgeous sanctuary was completed in 2007.
In 30 years the congregation has grown to over 300 members, a professional and supportive staff, and a full program of worship, education, music, mission, ministry with children and youth, fellowship, and pastoral care.