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We seek to serve Christ in the heart of Detroit and we are a congregation of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA).

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A BRIEF HISTORY

Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church was formally organized on February 8, 1854. The congregation of Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church reflected the growing industrial success of Detroit. JAPC offered religious services and instruction, as well as a wide range of opportunities for community activities. Originally Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church was located on the north side of Jefferson Avenue between Russell and Rivard.

 

In 1926 the current structure was built, yet Instead of investing in a larger, grander building for JAPC, the congregation supported the establishment of a number of missions, to honor its mission in Detroit. In the church's worship life, over 80 worship experiences are offered each year — from traditional to informal, from Sunday mornings to mid-week Lenten Breakfasts, from contemplative to Festival Services. Each time the congregation gathers in worship, whether in the beauty of the Sanctuary or in the quaint Zaun Chapel, the services are enhanced by the majestic sounds of the organ and carillon and the joyous songs of the choir and soloists. Others also are exposed to the richness of the church's musical tradition through free musical and carillon concerts throughout the year. The church's mission endeavors demonstrate a commitment to positively impact its immediate neighborhood and city. 

THE JAPC FAITH COMMUNITY

JOINING JEFFERSON AVENUE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

We celebrate every stage of your spiritual journey — exploration, visiting, becoming a member and continuing to grow in your faith.  Becoming a member of JAPC means that you want to participate in the life of the church through giving your time and talents. Members vote in church meetings, serve on the boards of the church, and give financially to support the church. 

About once a quarter, we hold a New Members Class. Each class offers the opportunity for prospective members to share their faith stories so far, to learn something of the Reformed Tradition, the corner of Christendom in which the Presbyterians are located, and how that tradition works itself out in the life and witness of JAPC, and to consider various ways in which we might practice our faith in our everyday lives. Then we’ll invite you to join the JAPC congregation. At the Session of the Elders meeting, we’ll choose a Sunday for you to be introduced to as a new member of the congregation.