Our Story

How it all started...

Our history...
April 15, 1935 - Reverend Ernest L. Barber conducted the first Southern Pines Presbyterian Church service, which was held in the Civic Building in Southern Pines.
June 28, 1936 - The church name was changed by vote of the congregation to Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church, in honor of Dr. Marcus Brownson.
June 23, 1937 - The official ground breaking was held for the original Sanctuary.
June 10, 1938 - The first worship service was held in the original Sanctuary.
1951-1955 - The Education Building was constructed.
November 5, 1978 - Fellowship Hall was completed, and the dedication service was held.
March 3, 1996 - Fellowship Hall was used for Sunday worship.  Building Committee begins work on plans for a new Sanctuary.
May 2, 1999 - First Sunday services in new (second) Sanctuary.
May 23, 1999 - Dedication of the new Sanctuary (shown in photo to left).
May, 2010 - The Cornerstone Building was completed, and church offices were relocated.
July 11, 2010 - Cornerstone Building Open House was held.
September 22, 2010 - Conference Center renovation completed.
November 14, 2010 - Dedication of Cornerstone Building and Conference Center renovation.
May 15, 2011 - Brownson's 75th Anniversary Celebration
We have an archive filled with many old pictures, church history writings from 1935, all Sunday Bulletins from 1935, newsletters from the beginning in the 60s, and much more.

Expanding the vision...

We are a family of faith where worship is vital, discipleship is vibrant and diversity is valued. We invite you to participate in the life and ministry of Brownson Church, and we pray that through your participation, your life will be nurtured.
As we honor our past, we are embracing this present season as an opportunity to dream great dreams! We enthusiastically invite you to share your gifts with us, as we look to God to equip us for transformational ministry in an ever-changing world.
On Sunday mornings, we worship AT 9 & 11:10 AM and online at 11:10 AM. At 10 AM we have coffee and donuts, along with fellowship during Higher Grounds. Beyond Sunday, a rich variety of ministries fill the week: Bible studies, mission outreach events, youth and kid’s activities, music, and many other opportunities to grow in faith and service to God.
Join us – we hope you feel welcome here!

Be a part of our story...

Join us every Sunday as we gather to worship in-person and online together at 10 AM