Rocky River Presbyterian Church is a vibrant, growing congregation that is proud of and willing to learn from its rich history. Since celebrating our 250th anniversary in 2001, we have turned our energy toward an exciting future as we seek God’s plan for us in our rapidly growing community.
In order to appreciate where Rocky River Church is today, it is important to know a little about her history.
Rocky River Presbyterian Church was started in the home of William White, Sr. in 1751. It is first mentioned in the official records of the New Side Synod of New York in October of 1755. The first pastor, the Rev. Alexander Craighead, was installed on November 6, 1758. Mr. Craighead was very outspoken in his views against the British dating back to the 1730s. No doubt he inspired the local colonists in a spirit which led to the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20, 1775. Unfortunately, Mr. Craighead died without seeing the formation of the United States of America. Rocky River’s second pastor, the Rev. Hezekiah James Balch, was instrumental in writing the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and the May 31, 1775, Mecklenburg Resolves.