Welcome to Second Presbyterian Church!
We are delighted that you are here. Whether you join us in our beautiful sanctuary or online, we are eager to help you find a place of connection and service in this historic, progressive, diverse, and inclusive Presbyterian church. We have been joyfully committed to “serving others and changing lives” from the heart of St. Louis city since 1838, and we believe making a difference in people’s lives is the primary expression of our Christian faith. In response to this call of faith, we build community, serve the city, and care for one another and creation through ministries marked by beauty, justice, education, and compassion.
We hope that you will join us on our journey of faith and explore your place of connection and service with God and this vibrant and dynamic church community.
Everyone is welcome! We are proud to include people of all categories of sex, age, race, ethnic background, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, political ideals, or worldly condition. Come as you are!
Once you arrive, grab a bulletin and follow along! There are asterisks (*) when standing is suggested, and child care/Sunday school/music is available for the kids.
When We Meet
Due to the pandemic, worship services are still being prerecorded. Click here to view our most recent worship service.
Times: Sunday @ 10:30am
Location: 4501 Westminster Place, Saint Louis, MO – Map
Parking: Parking is available in the lot on Westminster, just west of Taylor. There is also plenty of street parking available should the lot fill up! Come in the front door on Westminster or the entrance on the parking lot.
While worship starts at 10:30 am, there are plenty of activities even earlier! Please click our Worship Schedule button below for details.
Fellowship is held after every service in Niccolls Hall – please follow the crowd and join in the fun!
What To Expect
When you arrive you will be greeted by people who are genuinely happy to see you. Our service begins with engaging, live worship through music, followed by an expository message from the Bible. This means that we actually teach from the Bible, helping you to understand it and apply it to your life. All of this takes place in a casual and friendly environment where everyone is welcome, and everyone can belong.
What about my kids?
While at 2PC, your child will experience engaging, age-appropriate teaching, worship and activities, all developed to point your child toward a daily relationship with Christ.
How can I meet new people?
There are lots of ways to meet new people at 2PC. Check out our events for opportunities to get involved. After church service, you can enjoy free coffee, and pastries as you meet new people.
What should I wear?
We encourage people to come as they are and to be comfortable. God is more concerned with our heart than our outward appearance. Most people dress casually at 2PC.
What denomination are you?
2PC is made up of people from various backgrounds and traditions. We are a Presbyterian church in St. Louis, MO. We are affiliated with Presbyterian Church USA.
The site at Westminster Place and Taylor Avenue is the third location of Second Presbyterian Church, founded in 1838. From 1840 to 1870 it was housed in Greek Revival structure at Fifth (Broadway) and Walnut streets. In 1870 it relocated to the western end of fashionable Lucas Place at Seventeenth Street. (The home of member Robert Campbell is the only surviving structure of that once fine neighborhood.)
In 1896 the first building on Westminster – the chapel – was completed. Morning services were held there until late in 1900, when the sanctuary was dedicated. By 1929, the Sunday School had outgrown its quarters in the chapel building, and plans were made to erect an educational building to the west.
A successful fundraising campaign (which coincided with the stock market crash of that year) resulted in the third building on the site. The years following World War II brought a declining neighborhood and loss of membership as members moved to the suburbs. After two unsuccessful attempts to find another location, the congregation voted in 1961 to stay on its corner and be a city church.
With the historic preservation movement of the 1970s came a realization of the architectural and artistic significance of the buildings. Plans for renovation were made but could not be carried out until 1985-1987. The congregation is please with the results and is proud of the fact that by June 1990, the entire renovation was completely paid for.