The Presbyterian Church of Old Greenwich to Changes Its Name

Pastor William GestalThe Presbyterian Church of Old Greenwich, located at 38 West End Avenue will change its name effective March 4, 2018 to Living Hope Community Church.  March is a meaningful month in the church’s history.

Pastor William Gestal explained, “Our church was founded in 1894.  However, on March 6, 1969 the church moved to its present location.  We’re very grateful for those who have gone before us and called this church their home; a great legacy of faith and ministry has been deposited here over the years.”

The church recently joined a new denomination called ECO – A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians and the church had a strong sense the time was right for a new name reflecting Jesus’ message of love, hope, healing and abundant life for everyone.

While looking into some of the church’s history, a 1969 report was discovered, written by then Pastor William Murphy to the congregation in which he said:

‘This church symbolizes hope, faith and loving concern. Some day it should carry a new name for it has long since ceased being The Presbyterian Church For Old Greenwich.’

“The name Living Hope was derived from 1 Peter 1:3-4: ‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you,'” Pastor Gestal continued.

We are very excited about this new season in the life of the church. It’s our desire to continue serving the people in our community and around the world in any way possible.”

In addition to hosting weekly morning and evening Community Bible Studies, MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), various adult 12-step groups, the weekly seasonal Old Greenwich Farmer’s Market and annual Christmas Tea, Living Hope Community Church provides  Bible/book Studies for men, women and youth.

The church also offers local and international mission opportunities.

Healing Prayer Ministry is available by appointment for physical, emotional, relational and/or spiritual needs.

For more information call the church office, 203-637-3669 and/or visit

Sunday worship is 10:00am which includes youth and children’s Sunday school and nursery care.

A 9:00 am adult Bible study also takes place each Sunday preceding the service.