About Sunset Presbyterian Church
The church had it's beginnings in 1957 and was originally started to serve the "far west" of Fort Lauderdale. Support was offered by
First Presbyterian Church on Las Olas Blvd, such that we are considered to be their "daughter church." Rev. Thomas Napolitan was the
founding pastor and this early group of members met to worship at the local Sunset school, until such time as funds were acquired to build the Fellowship Hall and the educational wing. During the 1960s the church was a fast growing and vibrant place of worship and over the years it developed into a congregation of over 1000 members. The Sunday School become the largest in South Florida. Prior to the construction of the sanctuary, all functions were held in the Fellowship Hall and there were two Sunday morning worship services. The Sunset choir was composed of many members and was under the direction of musical direction Guy Wright. At one time, as a fund-raiser the choir recorded a long playing record of beautiful hymns.
Then in 1986 a Spanish Congregation was formed under the leadership of Rev. Pedro Rivera. It was called First Hispanic Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale. Several years later the two congregations merged to form one multicultural church, as we are today. We remember and give thanks for all the saints (and there were many) who have passed through our doors and dedicated their time and talents, enabling us to be worshiping God here today.