First Presbyterian Church

10025 105 Street, Edmonton

The history of the First Presbyterian Church can by traced to the origins of Edmonton as a settlement.  Reverend Andrew Baird established the first Presbyterian congregation in Alberta in 1881.  The congregation outgrew its two earlier church buildings before this impressive building was designed.  First Presbyterian Church was opened in 1912 by Reverend David G. McQueen.  It is the oldest church of this denomination in Edmonton and is certainly the largest.  Designed by the Edmonton firm of Arthur G. Wilson and David E. Herrald the church is a monument to the dedication and devotion of its congregation.

Built in the Gothic Revival style, and constructed with Redcliff pressed brick and Bedford stone trim, the church cost over $165,000.  Large gothic windows allow light to stream into the oak paneled interior.  The interior includes a U-shaped gallery and a semi-dome housing the organ.  The organ was made by Casavant Freres of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, in 1909 and was added to when installed in the new church in 1912.  On October 14, 1918, Colonel Robert Belcher, a member of the church, deposited the regimental colours of the 138 Battalion, and they have remained there ever since.

The church was designated as a Provincial Historic Resource in 1978 and is on the “A” list of the city’s Register of Historic Resources in Edmonton.

-- Edmonton Historical Board

Designation & Awards

Edmonton Historical Board Plaque Award

Provincial Historic Resource (1978/09/12)

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SALEEM GILL - 17 Nov 2017

To The Paster, I Saleem gill god jesus christ for your prosperity. I was a paster of a church in rawalpindi,pakistan.I was badly tortured by the muslim of pakistan. My relatives bhoota masih and my mother aziza bibi were killed by the muslim community.my house in rawalpindi a city of pakistan was set fired by the muslim radicalism on 15th july 2013 . The muslim radicalism were always ordered usto accept the islam religion . I along with my family was not ready to accept the islam religion . So i decided to stay in bangkok, thailand with my family peacefully. I am facing a lot of touble in bangkok . I dont have proper job and visa here(we are asylum seekers over here) . It is very difficult for me to earn money for the essential expenditure. I am facing a lot of troublee here.It is not possible for me to return back to pakistan.it is very dangerous to go back to your country. we are been refused by unhsr in feb,2017.we are been in thailandfrom 4 year we are in most difficult condition .In this condition our lifespan is very difficult to life dont have proper visa for which we can't wprk anywhere. My wife nasarin bibi,son subman salim are the members in my family .I request you to help me and kindly please provide yours faithfully, saleem we are need help you god bless you

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