June 24, 1951
Church formally organized and charter members installed.

Sept. 26, 1951
Groundbreaking ceremony held. Mrs. John C. Robinson turns the first shovel.

Jan. 27, 1952
First Sunday service in the new church conducted in the basement.

May 1, 1955
Session votes to install a telephone in the church.

May 1956
Work started on manse at a cost of $11,000.

Ruby Burkett and Vera Laughridge the first women to be elected to the session of Robinson Memorial.

Sept. 26, 1975
Church holds a 25th anniversary celebration.

May 15, 2005
Dedication of the stained glass windows.

June 2006
Dedication of Memorial Garden.

Our History

When talk first began of a new Presbyterian Church on Gastonia’s south side in 1951, Robinson Elementary School stood nearly alone on Union Road at the very southern end of Gastonia.

Most of the surrounding land belonged to the widow of John C. Robinson, a life-long Presbyterian who died in 1934.

As the crow flies, the area was a short distance from Olney Presbyterian Church. But the forecast called for large-scale population growth near the elementary school and the area seemed ripe for a new church.

On April 29, 1951, a commission appointed by the Kings Mountain Presbytery met to receive a petition containing 95 signatures asking for a new church.

On June 24 the new church was officially organized.

In July of that same year, Ola Robinson donated land just north of the school with the provision that it carry the name of John C. Robinson Memorial Presbyterian Church and that a cemetery could not be sited there.

In the early months of the church, members worshiped at Robinson Elementary. Groundbreaking for the new church was held Sept. 26, 1951. (Pictured above).

Orville Leroy Mann, a Columbia Seminary student, supplied the pulpit from June to October 1951.

Additional land north of the church was donated by Mrs. Robinson in 1955 for the construction of the manse. In return, the Session granted her use of the church’s well for her own private use for the remainder of her life.

Discussion of an addition on the south side for more Sunday School rooms began in 1966.

In 1993 the mortgage was finally retired. And in 2002 the church celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Our Mission:
The mission of Robinson Memorial Presbyterian Church is to love God and all people by living openly Christian lives, spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, welcoming all into our fellowship and being servants of Christ in our community.

Looking for a church?
We encourage persons to make a commitment of their lives to Jesus Christ, and to express that commitment through membership in the church. If you would like to take that step, please contact us by email or call us at (704) 865-0251. Membership is open to all who believe and acknowledge Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.