Who We Are
Third Presbyterian Church is an open and accepting faith community in the Presbyterian tradition. Building on a strong heritage, we seek to provide progressive leadership on religious, social, and moral issues. Music and arts are central to our worship and congregational life. Keeping the promises made at baptism, we seek to help children, youth, and adults grow in faith. With passionate commitment to the social gospel of Jesus Christ, we feed the hungry, house the homeless, and seek to help a world in need through more than 30 hands-on outreach programs. In all of this, we build community which in turn nurtures each of our lives and all of our lives together.
Third Church is a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Regionally, we are affiliated with the Presbytery of Genesee Valley and are part of a ten congregation consortium in Rochester, NY known as Urban Presbyterians Together.
Third Church is a More Light congregation, committed to the full participation of all persons in our church community without regard for sexual orientation, personal background, or human condition. We are also participants in the PC (U.S.A.) Commitment to Peacemaking.
Third Church also maintains a mission partnership with the Kihumo Church near Nairobi, Kenya. The congregation, which is part of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa , shares our concern for the plight of urban school children and has established a pre-school to provide early education for local children as part of this partnership.
In 2002, Third Church celebrated its 175th anniversary. “Celebrate the Journey” is a published history of those first 175 years. The congregation has always struggled against outworn dogmas and promoted a vital and active faith. Among our stories are these:
When the early congregation needed a building, they met on one Sunday, agreed to the project, funded it, and saw the construction completed in time for worship the following Sunday!
In 1953, prompted by Elder Lilian Alexander, Third Church became advocates for women’s ordination to ministry with the national Presbyterian Church. The congregation’s overture was finally approved by the national church in 1956.
Our Pastor’s Blog
Learn more about the commitments of this congregation and of our Pastor, the Rev. John Wilkinson from his blog “Urgency & Hope”
Our Photo Album
Take a moment to view our church family photo album, a collection of images from a variety of church activities. Be sure to come back from time-to-time for updates to our album.