Village Presbyterian Church History
Westminster Presbytery declares its intention to begin a new church in northwest Hillsborough and in March calls Rev. Wm P. Anderson, Jr. to be organizing minister.
On Palm Sunday, 38 people attend the first worship service in the bank building at Lake Carroll Way and Dale Mabry.
The congregation moves into the former sales office for Carrollwood Village, the building we now call Anderson Hall.
Village Presbyterian Church is officially chartered with 75 members.
First Live Nativity scene is presented on the church lawn complete with live animals.
Village hosts its first Vacation Bible School.
Sunday school classes are offered for all ages.
John S. McCall is approved as first pastoral candidate from VPC.
Rev. H. William Vassey is installed as the second senior pastor (serves until Dec. 1988).
The first Presbyterian Women (PW) officers are elected and installed.
The new sanctuary building, with the blue tile roof, is dedicated.
Linda Beckham is hired as the first Christian Educator for Village.
The Heissler tracker organ is dedicated in the sanctuary.
Gary Wirsz is hired as the organist.
Rev. James A. Nightingale is installed as the third senior pastor (serves until July 1998).
Mark Orendorf is hired as the first full-time Youth Director.
Rev. Kathleen A. Waters is installed as the first associate pastor and is also responsible for Christian Education (serves until March 1998).
Seven trained Bethel teachers begin teaching the 2-year, lay-led Bible study to more than 90 students.
The first class of Stephen Ministers is commissioned to give distinctively Christian care to members and friends of VPC.
The youth group organizes its first mission trip and travels to Merida, Mexico.
Kristy Welshhans is ordained and installed as the first Youth Elder.
Mission outreach increases with an intergenerational mission trip to Homestead, FL.
Todd Buhrmaster is hired as the second full-time Youth Director.
Village participates in the Tampa Billy Graham Crusade.
The first Board of Deacons is ordained and installed. Michelle Mackness is ordained and installed as the first Youth Deacon.
Rev. Harriett Houston Cale joins the VPC staff as Interim Associate Pastor, followed by Dr. W. Edmund Carver as Interim Pastor in September.
Dr. Charles C. Legvold joins the VPC staff as Senior Pastor (serves until January 2004).
VPC celebrates its 25th Anniversary.
Terri Bilotta joins the VPC staff as third full-time Youth Director.
Mike Legaspi joins the VPC staff as Director of Student Ministries.
Rev. Ginny Simmons Ellis begins as Interim Pastor.
Jon Oosterling joins the VPC staff as Contemporary Music Director.
Justin Morrisroe is hired as the fourth full-time Youth Director.
Rev. James C. Yearsley is called as the fifth Senior Pastor of Village church.
Miranda Morrisroe joins the VPC staff as Director of Christian Education and Outreach.
2008 & 2009
A new strategic plan is created & adopted. Elders and Deacons are divided into four ministry teams. The mission statement, "Continuing Christ's Work in the World" is adopted.
Members begin stocking a small closet in the pastor's office with canned goods to give to people in need.
The Community Food Pantry is launched from a Sunday school classroom with weekly distribution times.
Anderson Hall is renovated and the Community Food Pantry receives its own entrance and distribution space. The sanctuary blue-tile roof is replaced with a blue-steel roof.
Village begins working with A Kid's Place in Hillsborough County.
The Community Food Pantry hosts its first community food distribution with Feeding America, giving away 7,000 lbs. of food in one day.
Gary Wirsz celebrates his 25th anniversary as VPC's organist.
Brittany Bozeman joins VPC as Director of Music and Arts.
First International Mission Trip to Nakekela, South Africa.
Michelle Blume joins VPC as Director of Discipleship and Missions
Monica Wilson joins the staff as Director of the Community Food Pantry
CFP joins CABA (Carrollwood Area Business Association)
Community Food Pantry receives its first grant through the Allegany Franciscan Ministries Tau Grant
CFP awarded a 20' refrigerated trailer through a grant from Feeding Tampa Bay
First Annual Denim & Diamonds fundraising dinner for the CFP
Holly Kowalczyk joins the VPC staff as Director of Christian Education
Rev. Kenneth Shick joins the VPC staff as Interim Pastor
Rev. James C. Yearsley retires as Pastor Emeritus after 11 years of service
CFP chosen by Feeding Tampa Bay as a "model pantry" to participate in a pilot program on how to better serve those in need
VPC launches a new website