Lebanon Presbyterian Church exists to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ in the Reformed and Presbyterian tradition.
Jeff Downs began to pastor Lebanon Presbyterian Church on August 23, 2015. Previous to being installed as pastor he participated in a year-long internship at Covenant OPC in Orland Park, IL. Downs was educated at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Greenville SC and Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster PA. Jeff is married with three children.
What We Believe
‘Using the rock doorstep of the Patrick Mullin home, Rev. Richard Cater stood in the shade of a peach tree and delivered the first sermon of the soon-to-be Lebanon Presbyterian Church in 1820. The church was organized on June 30, 1821 and the rock doorstep is now embedded in the western corner of the church with the names of her former pastors. The charter membership of 35 first met in a log building. In 1828 the first permanent church building was erected. The present sanctuary was built in 1962 because of extensive damage to the older one. As an elder of the church so aptly put it, ‘the church would have fallen in a long time ago, had the termites not been holding hands.’ Four young men have been called into the ministry from here, T. C. and R. C. Ligon, brothers, C. B. Evans, III and also Mark Horne. Two young ladies have been called to serve in a missionary capacity, Lucie Marie Gibert and Martha Jones Faires.
To generations born and unborn, Lebanon Church, whose spire shines as a light on a hill; a beacon in the night, stands as God’s compass in pointing the Way to Truth and Life. She has a charge to keep, a God to glorify.