Independent Presbyterian Church

The forerunner of the Independent Presbyterian Church was established shortly after the arrival of James Edward Oglethorpe's group of settlers in 1755 on property that was granted by King George II. They called it the Presbyterian Church of Savannah and later changed its name to the Independent Presbyterian Church. The first minister was John Joachim Zubly who was a member of the Continental Congress. The first building was used as a stable by the British during the American Revolution. The structure was later destroyed by fire in 1790. A second site was chosen and a second church was erected but was vastly damaged by a hurricane.

In 1885, a famous wedding took place in the church between a man who would become the President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson and Ellen Louise Axson. The marriage was presided over by the Rev. I.S.K. Axson, the church's leader and the bride's grandfather. Only four years after this wedding took place, the original church was devastated by fire. However, using plans found in libraries and accounts of the congregation, the sanctuary was rebuilt and is thought to be a duplicate of the original.

Famous composer of church hymns, Lowell Mason, served the church as an organist. Some of the hymns that he created were "Blest Be the Tie That Binds," "From Greenlands Icy Mountains," "My Faith Looks Up to Thee," "Nearer My God to Thee," and "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross." A historical marker acknowledging Mason's many contributions is located in close proximity to the church.

Location:
207 Bull St.

Phone:
(912) 236 - 3346