Our Story

Freedom Presbyterian Church was founded by Rev. Sidney S. Murkland, a native of Scotland, in October 1864 when he invited local blacks, forbidden to fully participate in established church congregations, to gather in his home for worship. The future members of Freedom Church often walked long distances to attend these new welcoming religious services and they became Murkland's students. In addition to religious training, he instilled in them a determination to seek education and economic improvement. 

April 14, 2024 at 9:30 a.m.
Pastor James Harley's Sermon:
"It is What It Is" Scriptures:
Isaiah 43:18-19 & Acts 3:1-10


"A journey of Faith, Hope, and Love"

Freedom Presbyterian Church encourages community involvement through relationships with other religious institutions, and select charitable and civic agencies and organizations.

Freedom Presbyterian Church
News and Information

Our Pastor

  • Elder James M. Harley

The Session

  • Ernestine C. Merchant, Elder
  • Anita Linney, Clerk of Session
  • Jerry L. Morrison, Elder
  • Ronnie Grimes, Elder

service times

  • Sunday Morning Worship Service  -  9:30 a.m. on the lawn until further notice
  • Sunday school - 9:00 a.m. (Temporarily cancelled due to Corona Virus Restrictions)


  • As one of its missions, Freedom Presbyterian Church is offering the Samuel Hall 47 Years a Slave Scholarship. Click here to learn more.

2024 Events

  • January 14th: MLK Devotion
  • February 25th: Poor Man Dinner
  • March 3rd: Big Hat
  • March 10th: 10th Women in Red
  • March 17th: Women of the Bible
  • March 28th: The Last 7 Words
  • March 31st: Sunrise Service
  • April 21st: Gospel Program
  • May 12th: Mother’s Day
  • May 26th: Memorial Day Program
  • June 16th: Father’s Day
  • June 22nd: Summer Fest
  • August 17th: Women’s Conference
  • September 21st: Men’s Conference
  • October 20th: Pink Sunday
  • November 3rd: Church Anniversary
  • November 4th & 5th: Revival
  • November 24th: Thanksgiving Celebration with Neighboring Churches
  • December: Tree Trimming
  • December 22nd: Christmas Dinner

For Online Tithing & Donations, go to: (all lower case) https://giveinjoy.givingfuel.com/freedom-presbyterian-church

Contact Us



Physical Address: 1321 Turnersburg HWY  Statesville NC 28625


Mailing Address: PO BOX 6331 Statesville NC 28687



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