The offshoot of a small afternoon Sunday School class that started shortly after the turn of the 20th century...

…St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church has proudly stood at the corner of St. Charles Avenue and State Street for one hundred years, a flagship congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and preeminent New Orleans congregation. This book tells its rich story.

Founded December 19, 1920, with 200 charter members, the congregation eventually grew to 1,200, the largest PC(USA) church in Louisiana. The centerpiece of its multi-building campus is a stately French Gothic sanctuary handsomely clad in Indiana limestone and adjoined by a memorial garden. Blessed with a robust membership that includes some of New Orleans’ finest in the fields of business, law, medicine, and education, it is especially noteworthy that the church has had only five senior pastors.

St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church continues to be recognized for its outstanding preaching and music, vibrant educational programming, and an exceptional commitment to local and global missions. Through the long years of economic depression, societal change, and two deadly storms – including Hurricane Katrina in 2005 – St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church has more than stood the test of time.

DONALD R. FRAMPTON was Senior Pastor of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church for almost 25 years, from 1994 until his retirement in 2019. Named Pastor Emeritus by the congregation, Don and his wife, Colleen, a Registered Nurse, continue to live in New Orleans.