We are a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America - PC(USA) and a member of Albany Presbytery which is part of the Synod of the Northeast.
Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to be a vibrant congregation, growing in our faith, living out the two Great commandments, energized by God's love.
The Two Great Commandments
Jesus said: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. This is the first and great commandment, and the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:30-31)
Our Core Values
We open our hearts and doors to all people as we are all created in the image of God. We devote our resources to helping our neighbors near and far. We educate ourselves and the community to make relevant the teachings of Jesus. We celebrate our gifts and seek God's guidance in sharing them. We worship together to expand our faith, and deepen our relationship with God.
The Delmar Presbyterian Church began as a mission church of the Presbytery of Albany in 1955. The block at the corner of Delaware and Cherry Avenues where the church now stands was bought with gifts from the churches of the Presbytery in order to establish a contemporary church for the future in the rapidly expanding suburban community of Delmar.
From its formal organization on November 18, 1956, with 76 charter members, this church has been committed to reaching out in service to the Bethlehem community, to the Capital District, and through mission opportunities to those in need across the nation and around the world, in the name of Jesus Christ and for the glory of God.
The Delmar Presbyterian Church has maintained its commitment made in 1956 to be a mission church, continuing its' journey of faith through worship, Christian education, fellowship, and outreach in service to this community and to the wider community and beyond. The congregation has taken seriously the Presbyterian charge to "serve the people with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love."
The church is governed by a board called the Session. The Session is composed of Ruling Elders elected by the congregation with the Teaching Elder (or pastor) as its moderator. The Session has oversight of all the work and resources of the church and has three ministry teams with which to carry out its work. The three ministry teams are: Core Ministry, Care Ministry, and Support Ministry (see graphic below). DPC also has a Board of Deacons who report to Session through the Care Ministry team. The Deacons are charged with a ministry of caring for people within and without the community of faith.