Who We Are

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“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” - Matthew 22:37-39

Maxwell Heights Presbyterian Church was founded in 1869 as Oak Grove Presbyterian Church. Throughout its many decades and both of its names, it has remained “the friendly little church on the hill” on the north end of St. Joe. Currently, the church has around fifty active members and an average weekly attendance of around forty. It is big enough to have an active life—to have a variety of classes and groups and volunteer opportunities—but also small enough to be a place where everybody knows your name. Folks who come to Maxwell Heights and stick around say that what brings them back is the people. Our people are friendly, generous, and ready to welcome people from all walks of life. We consider ourselves to be a welcoming and affirming congregation that opens doors, rather than closing them—a congregation that is always looking to draw the circle wider.

Our mission statement says, “Our purpose is to win souls for heaven and declare God’s grace by ministering to the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of the family of God.” In fact, family is central to our life as a congregation. The individuals and families who come here know they are all part of one big family, supporting and loving one another in the midst of life’s joys and struggles.

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At Maxwell Heights, we recognize that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people have often been told they are welcome in churches, only to have the welcome mat pulled out from under them. Therefore, we want to be absolutely clear that all people, regardless of their race, age, body type, gender identity, sexual orientation, nation of origin, or baking ability—are, without a doubt, one hundred percent welcome in our midst.

If you would like to know more about our church, feel free to join us for worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings, or call the church office at (816)279-0916.