Our History

By , July 20, 2009 6:55 am

Lombard Central Presbyterian Church was founded in 1844 by Stephen Gloucester and was originally the Central Colored Presbyterian Church.  In 1848 the name was changed to  Lombard Street Central Presbyterian Church and was shortened to Lombard Central Presbyterian in 1939. The church moved to West Philadelphia in 1939 because the congregation had outgrown the original building at 8th and Lombard Street.  Stephen was one of four sons of John Gloucester who founded the  First African Presbyterian Church at Girard Avenue and 42nd Street in Philadelphia in 1807  which had 123 members by 1811..  Stephen  was among the primary organizers for the Underground Railroad.  William Still, the Father of the Underground Railroad was an Elder  at Lombard Street  Central  Presbyterian Church.


Here’s an interesting article about our history.

Stephen Gloucester

picture of Stephen Gloucester

Original Church building

Reverend Anna Grant began at Lombard Central Presbyterian on March 5, 2009. She is an ordained minister of the American Baptist Convention.

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