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Centennial History - The First 100 Years

October 16, 1892 - 1992

by T. Cartter Frierson, Chairman of the Centennial Committee and Ruling Elder

Revised November 5, 1999
(click to see Latest Additions)

Table of Contents


Prelude - Before 1892

Chapter 1 - Our Church Gets Off to a Slow Start, 1892-1916

Chapter 2 - First Growth Period Under McLester, 1917-1925

Chapter 3 - God Intervenes, 1926-1928

Chapter 4 - The Worst of Times Were The Best of Times, 1929-1945

Chapter 5 - The Post War Years, 1945-1970

Chapter 6 - Restoration and Revival, 1970-1977

Chapter 7 - Resolve, 1978-1982

Chapter 8 - 1983-1992


Appendix (see also for latest additions)

For history since 1992 see History at lmpc.org


In the evening on Friday, October 16, 1992, the Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church celebrated its 100th Anniversary with a special Centennial Service conducted by pastor Sandy Willson. Dr. D. James Kennedy, pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, preached an inspiring sermon on evangelism. During Sunday School on October 18, 1992, a shortened version of the history of the church was read by ruling elder Cartter Frierson, chairman of the Centennial Committee and editor of the full length history then still in preparation. Earlier recorded histories on the 25th, 50th and 60th anniversaries were the text of similar readings. As such, they did not describe how the congregation commemorated those anniversaries.

The author has drawn heavily on the previous excellent histories by authors Mrs. A. T. Waters, Mary Read Smartt,  Rowena K. Frierson,  and Marion Smartt, and upon editorial notes of Rowena Frierson, Margaret Killebrew, Marian Smartt, Brownie Paden, Talullah McGee, with extensive additions by this author and editor.

For the Centennial Celebration, the committee decided to delay publication of the written history so that it could include a description of the celebration and actions by the congregation taking place at that time, especially the complete remodeling of the facilities to meet the needs of an increasingly active congregation.

Navigation Tips and Your Feedback
This version is an edited text of the recorded history as it was read in Fellowship Hall to the Sunday school classes.  The 60 minute reading is available on audio cassette.You may peruse the history by clicking Next Chapter at the end of each chapter, or you may click on any chapter in the Table of Contents to flip directly to it. This history is a work in progress on the web, and will show the latest revision date above on this page. You may also monitor additions to this History by clicking on Latest Additions, a chronological log in the Appendix.

The church web site may be reached using this link: Church Web Site. Please send your comments to the author at TCF@tvn.net

Copyright and Reproduction
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