South Park Presbyterian Church

Corner of Broad Street
& Clinton Avenue
Across from Lincoln Park

March 20, 1853 - after 1951



The South Park Presbyterian Church was organized on March 20, 1853. The original church was supposed to be on Mulberry Street but a vote was taken on April 19, 1852 with the result being a church on the corner of Broad Street and Clinton Avenue. The cornerstone of the church was laid on October 29, 1853 with the dedication being held on February 15, 1855. An enlargement of the church was done in 1884.

In 1964, the towers lost their upper sections (lantern).  The church was destroyed by fire in 1992. All that remains is the facade. A history of the church appears in the "Record of the Twenty-fifth Anniversary", published at Newark in 1879.

From: Social Services Directory of Newark 1912

Church gives material aid to its own poor who are members and to nonmembers with whom it is brought in contact in the course of church work. South Park Memorial Chapel, corner South & Dawson Streets, is maintained by the church. Social and educational clubs are conducted in the South Park Chapel, under the auspices of the church.

Reverends Addresses LDS FHC
Microfilm #'s


Reverend From To
J. P. Wilson October 29, 1853 May 22, 1889 (Death)
Lyman Whitney Allen October 17, 1889 1916
W. D. Buchanan 1911 1911
George C. Vincent 1918 1925
Frank Halliday Ferris 1929 1929
John Schott Jr. 1931/32 1934
Lewis Galbraith 1935 1937
C. Ransom Comfort Jr. 1938 1951/57

Address From To
South Park 1853 1854
490 Broad Street 1854 1869
1035 Broad Street 1870 after 1951

LDS FHC Microfilm #'s

Information Starting Year Ending Year LDS Microfilm #
performed by Rev Joseph Wilson
1873 1876 1019522

Archive Information (Last Known location)

FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY CATALOG: The Eighty-fifth anniversary of South Park Church, Newark, New Jersey : October 23 and 26, 1938