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Photographer Bill Franz took this photo of the ceiling of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Located at125 N Wilkinson St downtown Dayton. Organized in 1799 Westminster began as a congregation of ten.
The church grew until 1838, when the “New School-Old School Controversy,” a dispute regarding slavery, caused 72 of its 187 members to leave and form, as New School adherents, The Third Street Presbyterian Church. The pastor who preached at Abraham Lincoln’s funeral, The Reverend Phineas Gurley, served First Church in Dayton from 1849 to 1854.
For 81 years the two churches, only a city block apart, maintained their separate congregations. However, in 1919, their differences long forgotten, the two churches were reunited to become a congregation of 1146 members. They began building the church in 1925.