As early as 1959 the Greater Greensboro Council for Church Extension expressed its interest in planting a new Presbyterian church in northwest Greensboro. In 1963 Orange Presbytery (the predecessor to today’s Salem Presbytery) recruited John Caffey, an Elder from Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, to help lead this effort. The following year on September 20, 1964, fifteen families met at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Greensboro to express their willingness to form a new congregation.
On September 27, 1964 regular worship services began at Claxton Elementary School, with the Reverend Linwood Cheshire, Jr., Executive Secretary of Orange Presbytery, serving as organizing pastor. The new congregation was called the Northwest Greensboro Presbyterian Chapel. On April 11, 1965, Palm Sunday, eighty-seven members were officially chartered as Fellowship Presbyterian Church with Reverend Marrion H. Currie called as the first minister.
The current church property was acquired in 1966 with the original congregational meeting building, the Fellowship/Education Building being built in 1968. The current Sanctuary building was built in 1984 with the Fellowship/Education Building serving as offices, classrooms and fellowship hall until the current addition was built in 1998 with the original building being leased to the Presbyterian Counseling Center.
In the late 1980’s, the Church began to emphasize to the community stewardship of the environment. The Church began a recycling program. The program started with seven trash cans and over the next few years grew to the point where the City of Greensboro took over the program and expanded it into the current city wide recycling program. At one point in the early 1990’s the Church was one of the largest receiving centers other than the municipalities in Guilford County. The tonnage of recycling received at the Church became so large the Church had to give up being a recycling center. During our tenure as a recycling center, we were known throughout the area as “the Church with the recycling center.”
When the current offices, classrooms and fellowship hall building addition was complete in 1998, the Church began a faith based community pre-school program that is now known as Fellowship Day Schools, currently with three separate programs for children within the day school framework.
In 2013, the Church expanded its Sunday worship experience by adding a contemporary praise service reaching those in the community who are unchurched or de-churched by a traditional worship experience.
God has richly blessed this Church. This blessing causes us to hold high the light of faith, for the world today so desperately needs to know the love of God, the healing power of the Holy Spirit and the compassion of Christ.
Fellowship celebrated our 50th Anniversary as a charted church on April 11, 2015. Here are a few of the musical performances from “Memories and Music”.