Palm Springs Presbyterian Church

member of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.

History of PSPC

History of Palm Springs Presbyterian Church


Palm Springs Presbyterian Church, 1917Palm Springs Presbyterian Church was organized on March 27, 1917 with nineteen charter members.  Dr. John P. MacPhie was selected to be the first minister.  This first church was located at Andreas and Palm Canyon and was deeded to the Riverside Presbytery by Welwood Murray.  In 1931 the need for a larger church became apparent and it was agreed to put the property on the market at a price of $40,000.  The church was sold in 1935 and the Building committee purchased three new lots at on the corner of Cahuilla and Baristo in Palm Springs.  They constructed and furnished the church building, bought a manse next to the church and spent only $284 more than their building fund!   PSPC thrived for several decades in the heart of Palm Springs.  During the 1970‘s, as many mainline churches faced new challenges, this church disbanded and the property was taken over by a non-denominational church.

Luminarias at PSPC, December 2012The first current Palm Springs Presbyterian fellowship worship was held December 22, 1985 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  Rev. William Dittler preached and 33 people attended. Palm Springs Presbyterian Church was chartered on March 20, 1988. We worshiped at the Adventist Church until a hope was realized for ‘a home of our own’ and we were able to buy this beautiful little church.   Our first service here was held March 22, 2009. Our aim is to glorify our Creator and enjoy the God we know in Jesus Christ.

Palm Springs Presbyterian Church Pastors


Dr. Frank Humberger - 1985 - 1987

Rev. John Flahiff - 1987 - 1989

Rev. Dr. Harry Summers - 1989 - 1991

Rev. Dean Hendricks - 1991 - 1993

Rev. James Griffes - 1995 - 2005

Rev. Dr. William Johnson - 2005 - 2011

Rev. Christine Dickerson - May 1, 2011 - present


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Women's Bible Study

Women's Bible Study meets on Tuesday at 9:30 AM in the social hall.  This class is on hiatus for the summer.  Keep watching for the date it will resume in the fall.

Men's Bible Study

Every Wednesday morning from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the church.

Sunday Mornings Bible Study

For those of you who want a Sunday morning Bible Study class, this is the class for you. Ernie Moore leads this class using the Kerygma teachings. Meet in the social hall from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. It is a great time of learning, study, fellowship and growth in our faith. All are welcome.  This class is on hiatus for the summer.  Keep watching for the date it will resume in the fall.

5:59 Gathering

A wonderful time of worship, good food and fellowship.
The next meeting will be Thursday, September, 2014 at 5:59 PM.  Keep watching for the date!  Cost is $6.00 per person.

Upcoming Services

July 20, 2014, 10:00 AM
Hard to Tell, Sometimes
Rev. Christine Dickerson
Psalm 139: 1-12, 23-24; Genesis 28: 10-15; Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43


New Hymnals 

During the July meeting, our Session approved replacing our well-loved red pew hymnals with the new Presbyterian Hymnal, 'Glory to God.' Most of the old favorites are included (in fact,  more than the last Presbyterian Hymnal!) along with some newer songs that we are already singing. While we have a screen, it is helpful to have the music for more of the songs we project,  and for those Sundays when we may be without the screen. Currently, hymns are selected from several sources, and the new book will lessen that necessity while still allowing the Music Team to 'reach back' for special hymns, too. It will be the first time PSPC has had a Presbyterian Hymnal for services. While the red hymnal has served us well,  it is looking pretty tired these days and is missing many wonderful hymns and songs. The new hymnals will be purchased through contribution and dedication, at a cost of $20.00 each. On request, each will have a bookplate with an inscribed dedication, 'In Memory Of,' In Celebration Of,' or another appropriate idea if you have one, as well as the name of the donor ('by'). You may purchase a hymnal (s) by sending your check or cash to the church office, along with your desired dedication. When we have received funding for 100 or more, we will place the order with the PCUSA.

Sing Praises to The Lord,
Rev. Christine and the members of Session