“Let’s form a church is what it said.
At least that’s what some of us read.
We’d seen the notice the month before
And now we came to learn some more.
A group was chosen, plans were made
And the first foundation of our church was laid.
-From “A Poetical Summary of the First Ten Years” by Sue Youngs
Our story starts with a meeting in the Volunteer Action Center building in Sattler, TX, on Sunday, September 8, 1985. Fifty people had gathered in response to an announcement placed in the Canyon Lake Times Guardian, the local newspaper, by one Jewel Kincaid. This meeting, guided by representatives from Mission Presbytery, was to begin the process of organizing a new church.
Worship services began first in the Volunteer Action Center and later the local VFW Hall, where we would stay for the next few years. A rotation of retired pastors and senior students at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary led our services. At Mission Presbytery’s 1988 Fall Meeting in Kerrville, Canyon Lake Presbyterian Church, along with three other fledgling Fellowships, was chartered, and we held our ceremony on December 4.
We took a loan from the Henrietta King Endowment Fund to buy land and build a sanctuary. After many months, though the building was still incomplete, we held our dedication service and moved in on September 8, 1991. Over the decades since the first structure was built, we would complete the entranceway, add classroom buildings and a fellowship hall, expand the church building, and create a columbarium and memorial garden. In August of 1993 our first full-time pastor, Rev. Robert (Doug) Dalglish joined our congregation and served us for many years.
It has been many years since a small group of Christians living in Canyon Lake, Texas joined together in love and fellowship to create this church, embodying the words of Jesus when he said: “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20). We have grown and changed, but through it all, our uniting purpose has remained the same: to faithfully worship the Lord and to be his hands and feet in the world, doing his will.