On May 28, TowneBank and Suffolk Presbyterian Church finalized the 410 N. Broad St. property sale. The bank purchased the property for $1.4 million, with the intent to construct a new bank branch on the site.

The decision to put the property up for sale was a difficult, soul searching process. According to Bruce Sharp, Clerk of Session, “just over two years go, the Session of Suffolk Presbyterian undertook a study of alternatives for the future of our congregation.  The study was done with the assistance of the Presbyterian Foundation’s ‘Project Regeneration’, a consultative service provided by the Presbyterian Foundation for churches and ministries seeking to develop a strategic approach to their future.  As a result of the study, the Session determined that the sale of our existing church property, which was demanding an increasing share of our time and resources and relocation to a more appropriate sized space would allow our congregation to devote more time and resources to our longtime mission – “To be a Bridge to Christ through faith and service”.

In addition to supporting the ongoing life of the congregation, the proceeds from the sale of the property will allow increased focus on our community and international missions which include support for Edmarc, Inc., a ministry for critical and chronically ill children started by Suffolk Presbyterian and Living Waters for the World, a ministry to install affordable water purification systems in overseas locations where they are badly needed.  Suffolk Presbyterian has worked with locals in areas of Guatemala to install and maintain four water purification systems in recent years.

Since its founding in 1876, Suffolk Presbyterian has occupied several buildings in the downtown Suffolk area.  In the late 1960’s, the church acquired the property at 410 North Broad Street and constructed a new facility.  We value our time at 410 N  Broad Street and the many memories including over 50 years of worship, baptisms, weddings and activities including our mission garden, Trunk or Treat, and fellowship activities.

Plans for our relocation are underway, but have yet to be finalized.  Regardless, we remain dedicated to being a presence in the downtown Suffolk area and to a rich life of worship, fellowship and service.”