What We Believe
We believe the Bible is the Word of God, “the infallible truth and divine authority.” -The Westminster Confession of Faith Chapter 1.5
We believe, with Christians everywhere, that there is only one God who is eternally three persons Father Son and Holy Spirit.
We affirm the principles of the Protestant reformation: First, the Bible alone is the final source for all issues of faith and practice. Second that the salvation of all human beings will occur only by the grace of God. Third, the saving grace of God is received only by faith in Jesus Christ. Fourth, the only and sure way to stand before God is in Jesus Christ. Fifth, it is the greatest duty and joy of every human being to live every aspect of their lives for the glory of God alone.
We affirm the principles of Reformed Christianity, historically born from the teaching of the French Protestant theologian, John Calvin, and later systematically described in the Westminster Confession of Faith. These principles emphasize the Almighty Nature of God over absolutely everything, and the necessity of God’s written Word in our worship and work.
Rev. John Pflug Jr.Minister
John has been an ordained minister since 2010, and pastor of Windermere since 2015 when he moved from Texas to North Carolina. He has earned a B.A. From Texas Lutheran University, an MDiv. From Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. John and his wife Brittany have been married since 2007. Together they have three children; Emma, Kilaeah, and Zayne. John is passionate about the Bible, the Dallas Cowboys, and smoked brisket.
Candace "Candy" WilliamsMusic Director
Director of Music and Organist for Wilmington’s Windermere Presbyterian Church and a private teacher of piano and organ. She holds a B.A. in organ performance from Western Illinois University and a Master of Music in performance (organ, piano and harpsichord) from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, a student of Marianne Webb. She continued study in organ with Dale Peters and piano with Harold Heiberg at the University of North Texas and piano in Graz, Austria. Candy began her avocation and career playing for church services at the age of 7. She has been organist and music director over 60 years now, having served a wide variety of denominations and worship styles.
Fran KingChurch Secretary
After working many years in the printing profession, Fran became the secretary at Windermere in May of 2010. She grew up in Birmingham, Alabama (always loyal to Crimson Tide) but considers Wilmington home. Mother of three daughters and grandmother to three grandsons and three granddaughters. No pets, but granny to dogs, Lucy, Banks, Sebastian and Dutch.
- Elder Paul Albritton- Clerk
- Elder Gary Galloway
- Elder Mike Saylor
- Elder Estelle Link
- Elder Bob Stowe
- Elder Dennis Wood
- Deacon Tom Hebert- Moderator
- Deacon Pam Aherne- Secretary
- Deacon Clark Pearson
- Deacon Bud Townsend
- Deacon Jennie Galloway
- Deacon Randy LaGrange
- Deacon James Stinson
Windermere’s History begins with the closing of a historic Wilmington Church and the opening up of a new Wilmington neighborhood.
- 1913- James Sprunt gave land on Front street for the formation if Immanuel Presbyterian Church
- 1916 T.P. Ireland was called as the first pastor of Immanuel Presbyterian Church
- 19?? Immanuel changes locations to the corner of 5th and Meres St. in Wilmington
- 1960’s Immanuel Elder Herbert Farrar befriends real estate developer Paul Gregory who owned the newly developing Windermere subdivision (then) outside of Wilmington
- 1967 Immanuel Presbyterian Church closes due to changing demographics, decreasing membership, and safety concerns.
- 1967 Wilmington begins to see an influx of many new families brought in by G.E. and other major corporations.
- 1967 Elder Herbert Farrar negotiates between Paul Gregory and Wilmington Presbytery to use the proceeds from the sale of Immanuel Presbyterian Church to Purchase land for the development of a new church in the (then) new Windermere Subdivision.
- 1967 Wilmington Presbytery organizes Windermere Presbyterian Church as a New Church Development. Graham McChesney is called as the organizing pastor and worship services began at Kenan Hall on the UNCW Campus, until a building could be built on the site at Windermere.
- 1967-1970 Rev. McChesney and other members engaged in door-to-door visitation to grow the membership of the church to the point that, when the church was formally chartered, the membership consisted of about 2/3 former Immanuel members 1/3 new families who were attending Windermere
- 1970 Windermere was officially chartered as a Presbyterian Church in the PCUS (the southern denomination of Presbyterians)
- 1970 Graham McChesney (Pastor from 1970 to 1982) became the first installed pastor of Windermere Presbyterian Church. His pastorate is almost exclusively remembered as a wonderful and new season for the life of this church, the season of it’s birth.
- 1970 Windermere Preschool and Kindergarten began.
- 1984 Mark Achtemeier (Pastor from 1984 to 1989) became the second installed pastor of Windermere Presbyterian Church. Rev. Achtemeir’s young family brought much life into the Church. His wife is also an ordained Presbyterian pastor and was well loved.
- 1990 Robert “Bob” Osborne (Pastor from 1990-1992) became the third installed pastor of Windermere Presbyterian Church. Though his time at Windermere was short, the Church remains thankful for God’s ministry through Him during these years.
- 1993 Stephen Sloop (Pastor from 1993-2000) became the fourth installed pastor of Windermere Presbyterian Church. Rev. Sloop’s time at Windermere is widely remembered as a fond and happy time in the Church. His skill set as a pastor and a friend allowed the church slow steady growth under his leadership.
- Circa 2000 Windermere Presbyterian Church receives an anonymous donation of one million dollars to build a new sanctuary (previously we were worshiping in the current fellowship hall). Rev. Stephen Sloop, decides this new phase in the life of the church is the appropriate time to retire.
- 2001 Roland Banks (Pastor from 2001-2013) became the fifth installed pastor of Windermere Presbyterian Church. In Rev. Bank’s ministry many appreciated his preaching, and enjoyed the new season which the church had entered.
- 2015 John Pflug Jr. (Pastor from 2015-Present) became the sixth and current installed pastor of Windermere Presbyterian Church.