About Stone Presbyterian Church

Our Mission

Stone Presbyterian Church strives to provide a community for Christian spiritual growth for all ages, as well as love, companionship and support. We worship the Lord with Scripture and song, nurture our children through our family Sunday school, and serve our community locally and worldwide. All people have a constant need for God's comfort and blessing. Stone Presbyterian Church provides opportunities for people of all ages to receive that comfort and blessing.

Our History

Our HistoryStone Presbyterian Church, formally Stone Street Presbyterian Church, was originally known as the Second Presbyterian Church Society, organized in 1831 out of the need for a second Presbyterian Church in Watertown, New York.

Our first church building, a small wooden structure, was constructed at the corner of Factory and Mechanic Streets. A major contributor was Levi S. Beebee, who wielded considerable influence on the church and on the community. However, in 1883, fire destroyed Mr. Beebee's cotton mills. The mills were never rebuilt and, as a result, the community and the little Church suffered a great loss of finances and population.

With another disastrous fire in Watertown in 1849, the residential section gradually grew away from factory Street. Instead, businesses and industry expanded there. The Second Presbyterian Church found itself in an unsuitable location.

A new Church building was built on Stone Street. Dedicated in 1864, it was named, appropriately, Stone Street Presbyterian Church. It remained our Church home until October 1981 when, shortly after our 150th anniversary celebration, it was damaged extensively by fire.

On May 23, 1982, the congregation voted to construct a new building. A year later, our present structure on Chestnut Street was dedicated. The congregation subsequently voted to amend the building's name to Stone Presbyterian Church.

Our Leadership

The Reverend Elizabeth (Libby) Moses

Pastor Libby MosesThe Holy Spirit opened up windows and doors which made it possible for me to accept the call to serve as pastor of Stone Presbyterian Church.  I started my ministry at Stone Presbyterian Church in January 2017.

I have a B.A. from Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, FL); Sociology major.  Then went on to graduate from Union Presbyterian Seminary (The Presbyterian School of Christian Education) in 1988 with a M.A. and served as a Certified Christian Educator for five different congregations.  In 2013 I was ordained a Teaching Elder (Minister of Word and Sacrament) in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)  This is my second call as a minister.

At my core, I am a teacher.  I love facilitating opportunities for people to grow in their faith and helping them discover ways to use their gifts and talents to help bring about the Kingdom of God.

Along with being a pastor, I am a mother to my daughter, Jennell (2000) who I adopted at birth.  She keeps me busy in my free time.  I grew up an Air Force “Brat” so where ever the furniture and family is is home.  I enjoy visiting with people, reading, swimming, knitting when I have time, drinking Diet Pepsi and watching NCIS.

You are welcome to come join us for worship on Sunday mornings or for any of the other programs at Stone Presbyterian Church.  I am sure you will find it a warm, hospitable congregation, as I have.

Peace and Grace,
Pastor Libby Moses

Elders

Chrissy Dear
Chrissy Dear

Clerk of Session
Kathie Strader Pastoral Care
Kathie Strader
Pastoral Care
Bob Siver Stewardship
Bob Siver
Stewardship
Jeannie Greenwood Nurture
Jeannie Greenwood
Nurture
Jon Hall Personnel
Jon Hall
Personnel
Jessica Branche Mission and Outreach
Jessica Branche
Mission and Outreach
Maxine Perkins Mission Outreach
Maxine Perkins
Mission Outreach
Stuard Price Worship Music
Stuard Price
Worship and Music
Orvis Calhoun Building and Grounds
Orvis Calhoun
Building and Grounds

Staff

Chris Hyde-Hall
Organist

Chris Hyde-Hall
Jeannie Greenwood
Choir Director

Jeannie Greenwood
Handbell Choir Director
Nancy Boynton
Linda White - secretary
Secretary

Linda White
Frances Conti - sexton
Sexton

Francis Conti