Romney Presbyterian Church

100 West Rosemary Lane

Romney, WV 26757

304 822-5083


1.      Congregational Identity:


a.   Historical Information: Much has been accomplished in 144 years since 1860 that marked the beginning of the present Romney Presbyterian Church for the cause of Christ.  This church has a rich heritage that began many years prior to this date. The formation of a Presbyterian congregation in Romney was first mentioned in the October 1781 minutes of the Synod of Philadelphia, which was the first presbytery established in America. The earliest settlers to the area were Presbyterians of English, Dutch and German descent escaping persecution in Europe. During the War Between the States, the church building was used as a hospital and stable. There are two chapels associated with the Romney Presbyterian Church, which conduct services on a regular basis.  Recent modern changes to the church have been the addition of office space, technology, a library, music room, nursery and handicapped accessible restrooms. Many of the members of the congregation have played and continue to play important roles in the leadership and development of Romney and Hampshire County.


b.      Size and culture of the congregation:

Membership (current active role) is 220

Very nearly 100% Caucasian

The budget for 2004 is $145,622.


c.   Theological Perspective: For inspiration and guidance in their faith, members of the Romney Presbyterian Church have two main sources that are The Bible, and creeds and confessions that express the conviction of the church and congregation. This congregation believes that God exists in the trinity of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.  The church encourages every member to find his or her personal faith through study and worship. This is done with the support of the congregation, Sunday school, Bible Study, and pastoral guidance.


  1. Membership Demographics and Trends: 


Attendance varies seasonally between 85 and 100 at the three worship locations. Demographics of the congregation can be described as professionals and retired professionals. The trend does not show variation from this description.


3.      Church Programs:


The programs of the Romney Presbyterian Church, St. Luke Chapel and Indian Heights Chapel continue to invite challenge and enrich all ages of believers in Christ. We have a wonderful music program with emphasis on all types of music for which we are truly blessed with talents in this area. Vacation Bible School and Youth Programs as well as Sunday School Worship Services and activities continue to grow in attendance, structure, faith and love of our Lord. St. Luke Chapel has a strong and faithful Christian membership and annually has an old-fashioned festival, which is always well attended. They also maintain membership on Session as well as Committees with the town church. They are very active in Vacation Bible School, have quarterly fellowship dinners, picnics, and take part in Youth Programs. As overall needs and challenges, we should develop a stronger Youth Ministry within our Church and Chapels, as well as establish Young Adult Groups and events.


4.  Organizational Structure and Process:


a.                  Structure and Organization: Authority resides with the duly elected elders who represent the congregation. Elders serve as trustees and manage financial, legal and property affairs of the church.


b.                  How are decisions made?  Four active and several ad hoc committees consider issues and provide information and recommendations to the Session who makes the final decision.


c.                   How is communication carried out? Various mediums are used to communicate with the church community that include, but are not limited to a monthly news letter, Sunday bulletin, prayer chain, announcements at worship service, special presentations at fellowship dinners, church calendar, pictorial media, Presbyterian women, Presbyterian men and through standing committees and informal subcommittees.



5.      Building Assessment and Needs: 


a.   Romney Presbyterian Church: The present Church was built on the corner of Rosemary and Marsham Street in Romney, West Virginia in 1860. The building takes up over ¼ of a city block and has a brick exterior and metal roof. A large assembly room, classrooms, restrooms, and kitchen were added in 1936. A new addition was added in 1999 that includes a new library/conference room nursery room with attached crib room, choir room, church offices, and fully accessible restrooms. The building is air-conditioned.  The first floor is handicapped accessible.


b.   Manse: The two-story, brick manse (1949) is located next door to the church. The manse is air conditioned and contains 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, living room, dining room kitchen, den, a full basement, a large storage area in the attic and a screened-porch. A separate garage sits between the church and the manse.


c.   St. Luke Chapel:  The St. Luke Chapel is a frame structure that consists of a sanctuary, two assembly rooms, kitchen and restrooms. This chapel is located approximately 11 miles from the town church on River Road.


d.   Indian Heights Chapel: The Indian Heights Chapel is located less than ½ mile from the town church. This cinder block building is made up of a sanctuary and four classrooms. While the Indian Heights Chapel is winterized, there are no toilet facilities.


e.   Building Needs:

 -The kitchen at the town church is in need of modernization.

 -Additional manpower to assist in the general maintenance details of the properties.                 

 -A full assessment of the Indian Heights Chapel is needed.




6.      Ministry Gifts of the Congregation:  The congregation is blessed with members who possess diverse educational backgrounds, work and religious experiences. As a result, members have the capacity and willingness to grasp new spiritual ideas and concepts. There is a high commitment to education of children through the Sunday school and vacation bible school. We hold a long tradition of supporting local and foreign missions through commitments of time, talents, and financial support along with commitments to prayer and visitation. Our Presbyterian women are spiritually dedicated and play a vital role in the life of the congregation. The music activities are well supported by volunteers and add significantly to the spiritual life of our church family. For the most part, members and friends who attend our church are a body of believers who are caring, generous sharing, committed to the bible and desirous in growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. There is a strong interest and concern as to how to bridge the past with the present and look to the future from a spiritual perspective and reaching out with new vision to meet the changing needs of our members, friends and people in the community.


7.      Community Setting:


a.  Study Area: The 12 mile radius community study area is located in the Potomac Highlands of eastern West Virginia wedged between the western Maryland panhandle and the Winchester, Virginia metropolitan area. Most of the area topography includes mountain slopes and river valleys. Nearly all the land is either farm or forest. Romney is the only incorporated city in the study area and is the county seat of Hampshire County.


b.                  Population Projection: Current population of the study area is twenty six thousand that is expected to increase to over twenty seven thousand by year 2008.


c.                   Race Ethnicity:  Caucasians represent 97.2% of the population; African-Americans make up 1.2% and all other groups including Hispanic American is 1.6%.


d.                  Other Churches: There are three other Presbyterian Churches in the study area that are located in Springfield, Burlington and Slanesville. Other denominations in the study area include Assembly of God, Baptist, Brethren, Catholic, Christian, Episcopal, Latter Day Saints, Methodist, Nazarene, Seventh Day Adventist and United Church of Christ plus some independent churches. The Chamber of Commerce’s Community Guide list 74 churches located within the Hampshire County area.


e.                  Publicly owned and/or Managed Lands: Four state wildlife management areas are either totally or partially within the study area. These publicly owned lands have a special natural beauty and contribute significantly to the quality of life. Outdoor activities play a major role in the local economy as people from across the region travel to the area to enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, boating, hiking and bird watching.


f.                    Education:  There is one high school, two middle schools and six elementary schools in Hampshire County that comprise the major portion of the study area. Forty-six percent of study area residents graduated from high school, 12.7% have some college and 6.1% have a Bachelor’s Degree.


The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind (WVSDB) is also located in the study area. These schools serve eligible youth from across the state. A radio station, WJGF, broadcasts from the WVSDB.


g.                  Other Facts and Information: Average age of study area residents is 38.4 years and the average household income is $38,182. Fifteen percent of the population is 65 or older. Nearly three out of every four housing units are single-family detached structures. Unemployment is less than 5%.


h.                  Community Issues: Development is causing some stress to the study area by affecting its natural resources, and placing strains upon its ability to provide community services and public facilities. While some benefits from development are certainly achieved, the increased demand placed on the study area’s infrastructure is a concern. Growth is also impacting local health care facilities.  The affects of development on traffic congestion and flooding caused by run-off and erosion is also a concern. The average time for workers to commute to their place of employment is 40 minutes. Half of the labor force travels outside of the study area for employment.



i.                    Other Facilities and Services:  There is a small hospital, a full service assisted care facility, a mental health center and several other medical treatment facilities located in the study area.  A regional jail and juvenile detention center are also located in the study area.


j.                    Other Sources of Information:


Hampshire Chamber of

The Hampshire Review

Hampshire County Development



 Come in to be filled

 Go out to serve



 The mission of the Romney Presbyterian Church is:


·       To provide a church home that nurtures faith through prayer, praise, worship, and the study of God’s word.


·       To witness for Christ by word and deed to our community and the world for God’s glory.


Romney Presbyterian Church

Ministry Plan and Goals



1.          Enhance spiritual growth and worship effectiveness.


2.          Provide a supportive church family where youth will be nurtured in their Christian journey.


3.          Expand and strengthen evangelistic missions.


4.          Promote balanced stewardship commitment.


5.          Expand facility use by the congregation and community.


6.          Encourage and pursue a mutually supportive and collaborative ministry with other local Presbyterian churches.

GOAL 1:              Enhance spiritual growth and worship effectiveness.



1.      Deepen the congregations understanding of worship.

2.      Enhance the quality of traditional worship.

3.      Provide alternative/contemporary worship.

4.      Promote spiritual growth.



·        Study by the session of the “Directory for Worship” and “The Book of Common Worship” (Obj. 1)

·        Add worship focus in classes for all ages. (Obj. 1)

·        Include regular explanation of worship during worship service.   (Obj. 1)

·        Utilize the calendar of the church year in worship planning.  (Obj. 2)

·        Improve the flow, depth and variety of worship.  (Obj. 2)

·        Add a greater variety of congregational hymns and songs.  (Obj. 2)

·        Make traditional worship more kid and family friendly by involving young people in worship and by welcoming new families with children.  (Obj. 2)

·        Support Children’s Church and Youth Praise as needed  (Obj. 3).

·        Add a regular contemporary worship service.   (Obj. 3)

·        Teach and emphasize prayer in classes, meetings and activities.  (Obj. 4)

·        Promote small spiritual support groups.  (Obj. 4)

·        Teach spiritual disciplines to all age groups.  (Obj. 4)

·        Offer spiritual retreats.  (Obj. 4)



·        Christian Education and Worship Committees as assigned by the session.


·        ”Sing The Faith” supplemental hymnal—approx. $1,000.



·        Quarterly evaluation by assigned group.

·        Annual evaluation by the session.


TIME LINE:              Over a two year period as determined by responsible group and reported to session.



GOAL 2:              Provide a supportive church family where youth will be nurtured in their Christian journey.



·        Include youth in all areas of church life.

·        Target local missions in which youth can participate.

·        Upgrade the church building to be more youth and user friendly.



·        Upgrade facilities:  Kitchen, Fellowship Hall and youth rooms. 

·        Organize youth from the community. 

·        Establish community mission projects for youth. 

·        Support the Community Youth Center.  

·        Spotlight church families and friends during worship and in the newsletter. 

·        Host a Youth Retreat.



·        A Youth Committee including a youth leader, youth representative and pastor(s).

·        Property Committee.


BUDGET:                        Use existing budget for youth with additional funding from trust accounts.


EVALUATION:             Annual written report to session for review.


TIME LINE:                    Begin planning after the approval of the Mission Study.



GOAL 3:              Expand and strengthen evangelistic missions.



·        Increase the community’s awareness of our church and its activities.

·        Train evangelism workers.

·        Provide regular opportunities for members to invite guests.



·        Regularly submit activities to the local religion page in the Hampshire Review. 

·        Advertise in the local media with thought provoking articles. 

·        Train a volunteer team to visit, follow-up, and evangelize. 

·        Sponsor a regular “Invite a Friend” Sunday service with follow-up contacts.



·        The Commitment Committee.


BUDGET:                        To be determined by the Commitment Committee.


EVALUATION:             Objective data on visits, visitors, and new members reviewed regularly by the Commitment Committee.


TIME LINE:                    The Commitment Committee can begin immediately after the approval of the Mission Study.





GOAL 4:              Promote balanced stewardship commitment.



·        Increase congregational awareness of a balanced stewardship commitment, including time, talents and treasurers.

·        Provide stewardship training that is Biblical and practical.


·        Develop an annual stewardship theme with related support events. 

·        Provide the congregation with regular stewardship information. 

·        Provide stewardship training in time management, talent use and Christian financial principles. 

·        Hold an Annual Stewardship Dinner. 

·        Conduct a monthly stewardship prayer meeting. 



·        Commitment Committee.


BUDGET:                        Catered stewardship dinner--$1,000.


EVALUATION:             The Commitment Committee will submit an annual written report to the session.


TIME LINE:                    The Commitment Committee can begin immediately after the approval of the Mission Study.

GOAL 5:              Expand facility use by the congregation and community.



·        Identify and meet needs and desires of congregation and community.



·        Invite community organizations to use the church.

·        Permit the use of our facility for after school care options and other activities.

·        Determine if any improvements or remodeling will be needed.



·        The Property Committee.


BUDGET:                        Unknown until needs are determined.


EVALUATION:             The Property Committee will submit plans for building use to the session as they arise.


TIME LINE:                    The Property Committee can begin immediately after the approval of the Mission Study.

GOAL 6:              Encourage and pursue a mutually supportive and collaborative ministry with other local Presbyterian churches.



·        Gain consensus among the various applicable groups.

·        Design a logistical and financial plan for staffing to facilitate the ministry.

·        Seek support, approval and funding at the Presbytery level.


·        Design a rough plan.

·        Visit the congregations and present the plan.

·        Negotiate the terms.

·        Present the negotiated plan to the Committee on Ministry.

·        Seek funding through The Division of Church Development.



·        Representatives from all concerned parties.


BUDGET:                        To be negotiated among the parties.


EVALUATION:             Progress towards calling appropriate staff persons as negotiations proceed for needs to be monitored by the session.


TIME LINE:                    The Romney Presbyterian Church can begin immediately after the approval of the Mission Study to visit the other churches.