A congregation of the Presbyterian Church USA
Embracing the example of Jesus,
our welcome knows no boundaries, but is extended to ALL people.
You are welcome here, and we are waiting for you.
In the late 1970’s, Hanover Presbytery purchased the property for new church development at the corner of Gayton and Ryandale Roads. First Presbyterian Church of Richmond became the sponsoring church for The Gayton Kirk (Presbyterian Church USA).
In 1981, Reverend Richard A. Brand accepted the call of Hanover Presbytery and First Presbyterian Church to come to Richmond as an associate at First Church with the primary responsibility of organizing The Gayton Kirk. The name “Kirk” is the Scottish word for church, and it was chosen in honor of the historical origin of the Presbyterian church.
The first worship service of The Gayton Kirk was held on the first Sunday of April in 1982 at Steward School. A Service of Organization was held, and Rev. Brand was called as the first pastor of The Gayton Kirk.
On August 26, 1984, ground breaking occurred on the property that had been purchased by Hanover Presbytery. The architectural firm that designed The Kirk was Tyler, Nash, and Farmer, which later merged with Baskerville & Sons. The building, which included a multipurpose room, kitchen, offices, and classrooms, with 230 members, was dedicated on September 8, 1985.
In June 2005, Rev. Brand retired and became Pastor Emeritus. Rev. Mary Johns was called to be the interim pastor from September 2005 through September 2007, at which time Rev. Janet James answered the call to become The Gayton Kirk’s second pastor.
There are two crosses that are of significant importance to The Kirk. The “Celtic Cross” on the hill in front of the church along Gayton Road is a beautiful work done by Jim Collins, one of our members, in 2007. A former member, David Fitzgerald, did the cross in the sanctuary. David used wood from his family’s farm near South Hill. He designed the cross as an “on lay” of two crosses, one upon the other. There is no other like it, so it is special to The Kirk.