Westminster Presbyterian Church 

3990 West 74th Avenue, Westminster, Colorado  80030

(303) 429-8508

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About Us

Westminster Presbyterian Church has a long history. In the 1890’s, a prominent New Yorker, Henry Mayhem, visualized the concept of a university atop Crown Point, Colorado. It was the highest point in what was then Arapahoe County (it became Adams County in 1902), in the village of DeSpain Junction, later Harris Park. 

Some 10 miles south in the valley below, the “Mile High City” of Denver was beginning to grow around the Platte River and Cherry Creek. Mayhem had a vision of a college that would rival its sisters in the East. Seeking financial help from the Presbytery of Denver and even from Maxey Tabor, son of Horace Tabor, the “Princeton of the West” was conceived and named Westminster University. He had also purchased some surrounding land hoping people from “back East” would be encouraged to come, teach, and settle. He soon had a red sandstone “castle-like” structure built on that “hill.” After initially only admitting men, the school struggled for several years during World War I, and became co-ed in 1907. The University closed its doors in 1917, although University School of Law and School of Medicine still held classes there for several years. In the meantime, the people, mostly Presbyterians, and many of whom were members of the faculty at Westminster University, met on August 14, 1892, in a school building near the University to sign a charter establishing the University Presbyterian Church of the Denver Presbytery. This marked the beginning of the Westminster Presbyterian Church. 

From the Session “Minutes of the organization” dated Aug. 14, 1892:

“On Sabbath, January 3, 1892, Divine Services were begun in the Harris Park School house by Rev. H. S. Beavis. There services continued without interruption each Sabbath, and on Aug. 14th the committee of Home Missions of the Presbytery of Denver organized this “University Presbyterian Church of Westminster,” Rev. T. M. Hopkins D.D., President of the Board of Westminster University, preaching the sermon.” 

Twenty-six candidates were received into membership by the Rev. H. S. Beavis. Trustees, elders and a clerk of the congregation were ordained and installed. 

A complete history of the church, “A Friendly Place To Be Near God,” (1892-2007) is available in the church office.