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    Independent Presbyterian Church

    3100 Highland Ave
    Birmingham , AL 35205
    205.933.1830

    Website: ipc-usa.org/


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     Independent Presbyterian Church was founded in 1915. In that year a group of members from South Highland Presbyterian Church, a congregation of the Southern Presbyterian Church, withdrew to form a new church. This group was dedicated to the proclamation of the gospel in Birmingham and a ministry of community service.

    During the next seven years, under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Henry M. Edmonds, this new congregation...

     Independent Presbyterian Church was founded in 1915. In that year a group of members from South Highland Presbyterian Church, a congregation of the Southern Presbyterian Church, withdrew to form a new church. This group was dedicated to the proclamation of the gospel in Birmingham and a ministry of community service.

    During the next seven years, under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Henry M. Edmonds, this new congregation worshipped in Temple Emanu-El and also held evening services in the Lyric Theater. In those years, the church was among the first social service agencies to initiate programs for community services in public health, child welfare and legal aid.

    In 1922, the congregation established the Children's Fresh Air Farm on Shades Mountain in the Bluff Park area.

    The sanctuary was completed in 1926, representative of the English Perpendicular Gothic style and is topped by a French style spire. The striking stained glass windows were executed by the D'Ascenzo Studio of Philadelphia and the Connick Studio in Boston.

    The original organ was built in 1925 by the E. M. Skinner Company. It was rebuilt and enlarged in 1969 by the Aeolian-Skinner Company, bringing its size to 75 ranks. In 1974 an antiphonal organ was installed in the rear gallery by the M. P. Moller Company.

    In 1992, a devastating fire destroyed all of the church buildings except the sanctuary. New construction over the next two years resulted in new buildings for educational and other program ministries.

    Independent Presbyterian Church is now a congregation of 2,200 members and continues to support ministries dedicated to the glory of God, including excellence in worship, music and fine arts, child and adult education, congregational care and community and world missions.


    Upcoming Events

    Highland Avenue Forum Thy Kingdom Come

    Presented by Independent Presbyterian Church

    April 27-May 18, 2014

    Service of Choral Evensong

    Presented by Independent Presbyterian Church at Independent Presbyterian Church

    April 27, 2014

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    Media Reviews


    • Event Name: Organ Recital - Chelsea Chen
      Article: Chelsea Chen breaks the mold of organ recitals at IPC 2013 finale (music review)
      Birmingham News - Nov 25, 2013
      By Michael Huebner

      BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Organ recitals tend to fall into predictable patterns – a Bach prelude and fugue, something French, something English or American, some more French, an improvisation if you're lucky, and a French barn burner to close.
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      BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Organ recitals tend to fall into predictable patterns – a Bach prelude and fugue, something French, something English or American, some more French, an improvisation if you're lucky, and a French barn burner to close.

      There's nothing wrong, of course, with including the French romantics, post-romantics and modernists. Music by Vierne, Widor, Duruflé, Franck et al. can be powerful and magnificent, especially on a suitable instrument with a virtuoso performer. On Sunday at Independent Presbyterian Church, New York organist Chelsea Chen proved as much with the urgency, precision and coloration she displayed in Marcel Dupré's Prelude and Fugue in B major, the closing work on her recital. Collapse

    • Event Name: Organ Recital - Peter Sykes
      Article: Music Review: Organist Peter Sykes explores Baroque and beyond at Independent Presbyterian Church recital
      Birmingham News - Nov 26, 2012
      By Michael Huebner

      Organist Peter Sykes, whose keyboard expertise extends to harpsichord and historic performance practice, closed out the 2012 November Organ Recital Series with an enlightening look at the Baroque and beyond.

      Sunday's program at Independe… Expand

      Organist Peter Sykes, whose keyboard expertise extends to harpsichord and historic performance practice, closed out the 2012 November Organ Recital Series with an enlightening look at the Baroque and beyond.

      Sunday's program at Independent Presbyterian Church traced Johann Sebastian Bach's steps back to his admirer Dietrich Buxtehude, then forward to his rescuer, Felix Mendelssohn, before offering a hefty dose of the Bach himself. Collapse

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