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History...with Open Doors and Open Hearts
    Our congregation covers many generations, among which are people of every stage of faith.  We welcome those seeking God and His truths, regardless of questions, baggage, or plain old life experiences.  The Sunnyside Presbyterian Church origins begin at Stine’s Chapel,  about ½ mile from the church’s present location,  from 1945-1953  and was used by The First Presbyterian Church to organize a new congregation at Sunnyside. For five summers, student ministers from the Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA filled the pulpit. They were: John Williams, John McKinnon, Middleton Raynal, Campbell Wallace and John Hottle.
September 1950, the Chapel congregation received their first minister, the Rev Raymond Womeldorf, under his leadership the people organized and planned to build a church of their own. Ada Snively gave financial help and the gift of land. Ground was broken on June 29, 1952. The men and boys used their spare time to dig the foundation and haul concrete blocks.

    On January 18, 1953, the first service was held in the basement of the new building. The building was dedicated November 14, 1954 after the completion of the sanctuary. There were 35 members.
The Sunnyside Presbyterian Church was formally organized on Sunday, May 1, 1955 with 45 charter members. Four members were elected and ordained as Elders: James Beam, Olon Lowe, Carl Nesselrodt and Melvin Sager.

    October 1955, Sunnyside and Burnt Church in Albin agreed to form a two church field and join in calling a minister to serve both churches. John C. Livingston accepted the call. Livingston added a children’s sermon to worship service. New hymnals purchased and Nursery begun during worship service. 

    Men of the Church held their first meeting the first Sunday in March 1959. The organ was purchased and used for the first time during Worship on Sunday, June 12, 1960.

    The church decided in November 1962 to become self-supporting and call a minister. John Page resigned and became full-time pastor of Burnt Church. James Huffaker was installed in November 1963. In the 1964, plans were made to add the Education Building. Ground breaking was Wednesday, April 15, 1964. Raymond Mims, architect and Olon Lowe, contractor presented plans. At this time the Sanctuary was reversed to make more room and create a narthex. The Building was dedicated on August 8, 1965 with the cornerstone laid and two stained-glass windows dedicated. The Educational Building was dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Ada Snively by the congregation. Rev. James Huffaker left October 6, 1966 to accept another call. The Church congregation called Rev Thomas J. Nash III, who began August 6, 1967. The church grew to 98 members. Rev Nash left October 6, 1969 accepting a call to North Carolina.  Rev Foster L. Couchman was called and began his work on September 1, 1970 until he retired May 31, 1986. The church continued to grow under his leadership. The membership continued participating in the Winchester Church Softball league, they had joined in 1954. The Church team was later resolved in the late 80’s. As well as, have an active Adult Choir and Children’s Choir, and Vacation Bible School. During these years, the church purchased a new organ with chimes, furnished a church lounge, and remodeled the kitchen, added air conditioning to the sanctuary.  

    Rev Couchman retired May 31, 1986. The church had an interim minister for six months before a call was issued to Ronald Potter, a graduate of the Union Seminary of Richmond. Ronald Potter was called to Sunnyside Presbyterian Church and began on May 5, 1987. Rev. Potter was ordained and installed August 1987. Under his leadership the congregation has continued its growth.  Rev. Potter Retired in 2013 and then moved to Florida. 
Rev. Bill Everhart served as our temporary Pastor from 2014 to 2022.
Currently we are searching for a new pastor and have been blessed with interim Ministers to fill our Pulpit on Sundays.


September 1950-December 1955         
Rev. Raymond Womeldorf

July 1956- December 1961                   
Rev. John C. Livingston

June 18, 1961 – November 1962          
Rev. John Page

November 3, 1963 – October 9, 1966 
Rev. James Huffaker

August 6, 1967- October 6, 1969         
Rev. Thomas J. Nash III

September 1, 1970 – May 31, 1986     
Rev. Foster L. Couchman

May 5, 1987 – October 31, 2013 
Rev. Ron Potter     

​April 13, 2014 - June 30, 2022
The Rev. Dr. Bill Everhart