On April 29th, 1969 Liberty Reformed Presbyterian Church held it's first worship service in the Maryland National Bank hall under the leadership of the Reverend William Kerwin. The new church was beginning from scratch. There were no by-laws and therefore no session or board of deacons. However, the congregation was excited about the new church. Committees were formed and the work began. From the beginning it was evident that the church could not continue to meet in a community hall and needed a more permanent home. When the barn and farmland we presently occupy became available, a deposit was made. Even though the church had a budget committee, there was no money saved for a building. People realized they would have to use their personal savings to build this church.
Future home of Liberty Church
Resources were pulled together, bonds purchased and an architect drew up plans for the building. Soon work began. The men of the church and their families worked evenings after their regular jobs and all day on Saturday. Christmas Eve, 1969, arrived and a church service was held in the not-yet-finished sanctuary. Temporary lights were put up for the service and the chairs on loan had to be back by midnight. But it was exciting to have a service in the “Barn.” The first service in the finished church was on Mother’s Day, 1970.
The Lord continued to bless the church as membership increased and the ministries of evangelism, discipleship and missions grew and flourished. As the church grew, more room was needed, and in 1975 construction began on a new sanctuary. That same year Rev. Dr. Mark Pett was installed as the second pastor of Liberty. It was at this time that the church’s vision was expanded to include pastoral communities and the formation of five daughter churches.
Mark and many Elders also had a vision for a Christian School to serve the needs of the covenant children and in 1980 Liberty Christian School was started in the lower level of the church with a Pre-K and Kindergarten program. As the school grew, more facilities were needed and a portable building was restored on the property enabling Liberty Christian School to expand to 8th grade.
More recently, in order to reflect our association with the Presbyterian Church in America, our name was changed to Liberty Church, PCA. Still, our church continues to benefit from the leadership of gifted pastors. Since December of 2004, Russell B. Sukhia has been the senior pastor. Barry Cureton is associate pastor and Nick Hathaway is the youth pastor.