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Strengthening Christ in us, Sharing Christ among us, and Showing Christ around us.

A Brief History of Delta Presbyterian Church

        Delta Presbyterian Church had its beginning in the early 1970s. In March of 1972, the Synod of Michigan purchased by land contract nine acres of property on West Michigan Avenue in Delta Township in Lansing, Michigan. This land was turned over to the Presbytery of Lake Michigan with the hope of establishing a Presbyterian church on the site sometime in the future. For over a year, the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Lansing conducted worship services at the nearby Winans School in Delta WinansTownship, looking forward to a possible relocation for its congregation. These services ended in December of 1973, when the Westminster Session decided to dissolve its branch experiment. However, Westminster's Session encouraged the Presbytery to start a new church in Delta Township, the center of a suburban area west of Lansing where the population had doubled between the years of 1960 and 1970.

        In January of 1974, the Mission Coordination Department of the Lake Michigan Presbytery authorized a new church development survey in the Delta Township area, which established that Presbytery should immediately take the initiative in starting a new congregation as soon as possible. A small number of area residents then held an informal meeting in the Waverly High School auditorium on February 17, 1974. From this meeting emerged the Delta Presbyterian Fellowship, which included thirty-four members who petitioned the Department of Mission Coordination to begin a new church development and pledged their support. Seventh-Day Adventist Church

        In March, the fledgling congregation rented the Lansing Seventh-Day Adventist Church at 5400 W. St. Joseph Hwy for its meeting place. On Sunday, March 17, 1974, the first worship service of the Delta Presbyterian Fellowship was conducted by Dr. W. Fred Graham, whom Presbytery had appointed to be interim pastor. 

        In February of 1975, an organizing Session for the Delta Presbyterian Fellowship was formed and the Fellowship voted in Rev. Alfred D. Deutsch as its first called pastor. Rev. Deutsch (Pastor Al) officially began his ministry at Delta on Palm Sunday, March 23, 1975, sharing the morning worship services with Dr. Graham. By April of 1975, an average of sixty adults and twenty children were attending Sunday worship services. On December 7, 1975, during the regular Sunday morning worship at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Rev. Alfred D. Deutsch was officially installed as pastor. 

 Rev. Alfred D. Deutsch       During the installation service, 111 charter members were received, twelve Ruling Elders were installed and ordained, and Delta United Presbyterian Church was officially chartered as a congregation of the Presbytery of Lake Michigan.

        In the fall of 1977, Delta's Session began to evaluate the need for Delta to have a church building of its own. On December of 1978, three years after its founding, Delta United Presbyterian Church had a congregation of 105 family units and by the end of 1979 the membership had grown to 282. On a bitterly cold but bright sunny day, January 4, 1981, a ground breaking ceremony was held on the site of the new church building to be built at 6100 W. Michigan Avenue. The first service was held in the new building on October 4, 1981 The building was dedicated on Sunday, October 25, 1981. 1981

        Through the years, the congregation continued growing in membership. In March 1991, a building expansion project was approved. Groundbreaking took place in September and the new additon to was dedicated on Sunday afternoon, May 17, 1992.

        In May of 1996, Rev. Alfred Deutsch, submitted his resignation in order to retire from active ministry. Under Pastor Al's leadership, church membership grew to approximately 400 members and church programs were expanded to include Christian education programs for all ages, Bible study groups, prayer and praise groups, breakfast/discussion groups, choirs for all age levels, handbell choirs, junior and senior high youth groups, and two Sunday morning worship services. Rev. Steven E Nuss

          In June of 1996, Session called the Rev. Elizabeth D. "Betty" Beck to serve as Interim Pastor of Delta Presbyterian Church. Pastor Betty served as Interim Pastor through October of 1997. During the Interim, a Pastor Nominating Committee was formed to search for a new pastor. Rev. Steven E. Nuss began his ministry at Delta on November 2, 1997. He was officially installed as the pastor of Delta Presbyterian Church on Sunday, December 14, 1997.

         In the year 2000, Delta Presbyterian Church celebrated its 25th Anniversary. Several talented Delta women created a beautiful quilted wall hanging that incorporated scenes and symbols that tell the story of Delta's first twenty five years. On November 5, 2000, 150 members and former members gathered at the Best Western Midway Hotel for a celebratory banquet. The program following dinner included remarks from Dr. Fred Graham, Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Alfred Deutsch, and Pastor Rev. Steven Nuss. On Sunday, December 10, 2000, a special 25th Anniversary worship service featured a performance of the anniversary cantata entitled, "Alleluia, Praise the Lord, O Sing," composed by Delta's choir director Jeff English.

 Herb and Runee Swanson       In 2006, Rev. Steven Nuss decided to begin a new chapter in his ministry and left to pursue a career in pastoral counseling and hospital pastoral care. In May 2007, Rev. Dr. Herbert R. Swanson began serving as a designated pastor as our Pastor Nominating Committee continued its search for a new minister.

       

Rev. Wendy S. Pratt and Lena

        In the fall of 2010, after a thorough three-year nomination process, Rev. Wendy S. Pratt was called to serve as Delta Presbyterian Church's pastor. Wendy was officially installed on November 21, 2010.

       Like many mainline churches, Delta experienced a decline in membership in the years preceding and immediately following the new millennium. Energized by our faith in God and God's vision for the future, we are once again growing and moving forward in exciting new ways.