Cold Spring Presbyterian Church
The History Cold Spring Church
Our Church has a long rich history and equally bright future.
Cold Spring Church has been a landmark in Bristol, TN since our church opened its doors in 1841. The founder of Cold Spring is Dr. James King (1790 - 1867). Dr. King organized and served the church for 15 years.
Land for the church was donated by Moses Gray. The church had 40 members at its conception and 5 elders: Benjamin Pemberton, David King, John Thomas, John S. King, and Sidney King.
Dr. King later founded King University, also of Bristol, on land he donated in 1866. We have continued a longstanding relationship with King University. Several of our members have been professors at King and some of our pastors have taught at King.
The church has made many improvements and expansions over the years. In 1991 we added the Spence Education wing, in honor of our late pastor. We highly value the study of God's Word and offer a number of opportunities each week to learn more about Scripture.
In 2011, we added multiple projectors in our sanctuary to enrich the service.
In 2016 we opened a Prayer War Room to provide a quiet place to talk with God. We also put up a large cross as a testament to the community that we worship a risen savior who forgives our sins!
The church has been served by many wonderful pastors over the years. Our beloved Dr. Andrew Spence served for 25 years. He was succeeded by Dr. Errol Rohr who served for 10 years. In recent years, the church has also been served by Dr. Angus Shaw and Rev. Tim Meredith and Dr. Doug LaPointe.
Music is a big part of life at Cold Spring. Our choir has been served by some very special leaders including Sheila Lowry, director for 35 years. Suzi Hooyboer has been our Director since 2010 and is a natural at bringing out the best in each member!
We have a thriving youth program with opportunities for all ages! We host many youth events each year including VBS. We also are a proud sponsor of Boy Scout and Cub Scout troop 107.
We know that God is faithful from generation to generation. So while we look to all the accomplishments of the past, we look even more to all the wonderful things God is doing in our midst today!
Join us for the next chapter of our wonderful history!
We celebrate our rich history at Cold Spring and as a part of Sullivan County.
Charter members when the church was founded in 1841.
Our annual Memorial Day Service commemorating the sacrifice of the many veterans who have been a part of Cold Spring.
The Spence Education wing was added in 1991 to accommodate our growing Sunday School and Bible study programs!
The building where it all started, Circa 1841.
In 1885, with the church body out front.
Over all the years, our mission
has been the same:
"The Mission of Cold Spring Church
is to know God,
glorify Him, and to live and share
the gospel of Jesus Christ."