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History of PCDR

Presbyterian Church of Deep Run Three Centuries of Faith – 1725 – 2025

The Presbyterian Church of Deep Run boasts a long history in Upper Bucks County.  In the early 1720’s, driven by economic and religious persecution, Scots-Irish Presbyterians fled to Pennsylvania in great numbers.  They were encouraged by the invitation of William Penn who promised freedom for all religions.  Settling in great numbers along Deep Run Creek, they organized a congregation.  Initially, they worshipped in homes.  Around 1725 they built a log structure for worship on the site of the present-day Red School House.  This congregation was admitted to the Philadelphia Presbytery in 1732 as ‘Mr. Tennent’s Upper Congregation.”  Mr. Tennent, of the Neshaminy Presbyterian Church, included Deep Run in his itinerant preaching route from Neshaminy to Red Hill.

In 1770 the much-increased congregation erected the stone sanctuary at the west end of the graveyard.  This structure included a balcony around three walls, entered by an outside staircase.  After the War of Independence, testified by the graves of 22 Revolutionary War soldiers buried there along with many members, the congregation diminished.  Some moved west for cheaper land and some moved toward the newly established Presbyterian Church in Doylestown (1813), with whom Deep Run was sharing a pastor.

By 1841, the old sanctuary was in a state of disrepair.  The yoked congregations shared in the rebuilding of the Deep Run sanctuary, now known as the Irish Meeting House.  They removed the balcony and outside steps and lowered the roof.  The benches, sounding board (behind the lectern), and probably the flooring remain from the original building. In the Spring of 1991, the Irish Meeting House was carefully restored to assure safety and maintain historic value.

Worship continued with varied frequency and alliance with the Doylestown Presbyterian Church until 1957 when the amicable separation of the Presbyterian Church of Deep Run from the Doylestown congregation was accepted by Presbytery.

The Paul C. Payne building was dedicated in 1966, and the new sanctuary, a two-story addition, in 1980.  The new facility provided additional space for worship, church school classes, administration and fellowship.

In 2002 our facility was updated with the dedication of a new fellowship hall, library, classrooms and remodeled office space. During the Covid epidemic new technology equipment was added throughout the church enabling live stream worship, archiving of worship services and virtual meetings.

The other historical feature which remains on the property is the Red School House.  In 1898 the Bedminster School Board rented land from the church and built the school.  The school building was no longer used for education and was sold to the church in 1958.

The Presbyterian Church of Deep Run remains a church steeped in history.  We are dedicated to providing safe space for all to worship God and supporting local, national and internation mission work.

Please join us as we honor the past and embark upon an exciting future.

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