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Our congregation has its roots in the “northern” United Presbyterian Church, USA. Eleven charter members formally organized the church on November 7, 1886, and it has been teaching, sharing, and practicing the Gospel of Jesus Christ ever since.
It took thirty years, but a permanent building was finally erected in 1916, in Greek Revival style, designed by Reuben Harrison Hunt, a noted Chattanooga architect. The sanctuary includes a light blue concave ceiling with an elevated chancel across the front. On most Sundays, worship is accompanied by an organ that was refurbished in 2009 by Barger & Nix (of MacDonald, TN) or a Petrof baby grand piano.
But Northside is not defined by its building or grounds. One member has said that it is “Christ-centered, worship-oriented, neighbor-focused, theologically-challenging, biblically-informed, intellectually-stimulating, historically-aware, socially-open, welcoming, friendly, and low-key.” It is the people who attend who make it what it is.
Northside is a quietly activist congregation. Over the years it founded the Northside Neighborhood House, the Hill City Day Care, and Hamill Road Presbyterian Church, to name a few. It currently houses the Northside Learning Center, the Chattanooga Music Academy, and its newest ministry, the Northside Gallery. Someone is always raising funds to help fill a need.
We are proud of the role we have played in helping the Northside neighborhood develop into one of Chattanooga’s premiere areas. Come join us and take your place here, where all are welcome and loved and included.