Old First Church is housed in a nationally registered historical landmark, and is a Christian congregation committed to serving Newark and the surrounding community.
We believe you will discover many wonderful people here, and feel the warmth of the love of Christ. We are here to serve and would be honored if there is any way First Church can pray for or minister you and your family.
We believe that lost people matter to God, and they therefore ought to matter to us.
We believe that loving relationships should permeate every aspect of church life because life change happens best in relationships.
The First Presbyterian Church is the oldest church in Newark. It was originally a Congregational Church. The change to Presbyterian occurred in 1720.
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The original settlers in Newark, from Branford and Milford Connecticut, came to Newark because they opposed the absorption of their communities by the Colony of Connecticut. Newark was founded with its laws based on the Scripture and with full citizenship granted to only church members. This organization was the last attempt in the United States to establish a theocracy. The pay for the first minister, Rev. Abraham Pierson, was Eighty pounds per year. He came from Branford Connecticut and his ministry began on October 1, 1667.