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History of Tabor Presbyterian Church
Tabor Presbyterian Church was organized in 1879; however, the history of the worshipping community goes back to 1747.  In the 18th century there were "churches" and "preaching points".  Tabor for many years was a preaching point, which was established by Michael Woods, an irish immigrant.  This was the first Presbyterian church east of the Blue Ridge Mountains (except for ones in the Tidewater section).  At the time, the Church of England was the official church of Virginia and people worshipping in other churches were breaking the law.  Some Scotch-Irish Presbyterians moved into the Shenandoah Valley and built churches because the mountains and many miles separated them from the law and the Church of England officials.

There is little known history until 1824 where it is noted that the supply pastors alternated between Tabor and Lebanon Church.  During the Civil War, Tabor was closed due to the shortage of ministers and the congregation worshiped at Lebanon.  Throughout this time the pulpit was filled by elder and UVA Professor William Dinwiddie, ordained to ministry in 1866.

Tabor Presbyterian Church, was organized on August 7, 1879, due to the growth in the community of Crozet.  Rev. Hugh Henry was the first called pastor of this newly organized church.  Mr. Henry's reflection of the ministry of the church are quoted: "The people of this church, as a whole, have been active, energetic and self-sacrificing."  In 1883 Tabor began a relationship with the Olivet congregation, sharing ministers until 1890.

The congregation became involved in mission under the leadership of Joseph Crockett Painter.  They began to provide services at Midway School, and opened a chapel on Jarman's Mountain named Painter's Chapel.  As the village of Crozet continued to grow and the population moved into the village, it was decided that a new location was needed for the church.  On November 13, 1912, the lot of the current church was purchased for $8,036.  The original sanctuary built on this lot was completed in August of 1915; this sanctuary is still used today.

After the sanctuary was built, the church organized the Sabbath School and began working with youth, and the Woman's Auxiliary was formed.  The women of the Auxiliary were instrumental in raising money for a truck that provided transportation for about 30 children from Jarman's Gap to attend Tabor Sunday School.  After World War I, the Painter's Chapel was sold because of the decline on the mountain population and the placement of an apple brandy still near the chapel. Throughout the late 1930's and most of the 1940's Tabor was without an installed pastor and was served by student pastors. 
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The congregation recognized the need for educational and fellowship space, and the educational building was added in 1962.  In 1966 Tabor installed its first female deacon, Mrs. Florence Dillener Massie, and in 1973, Tabor called its first female pastor, Sara Payne.  Tabor was only the third church in the Presbyterian Church in the United States to have a female minister.  Rev. Payne is not the only female minister in Tabor's history.  In 1994 Tabor called its second female minister, Rev. Lindsay Armstrong, after being without a pastor for two years.  After four and a half years, Tabor was again without a pastor until Rev. Timothy Read was called in 2000.  

The Rev. Dr. Jewell-Ann Parton filled the pulpit at Tabor from September 2005 - April 2016.

The church expanded again with the addition of the Pickford-Chiles Fellowship Hall, dedicated in May 2012.  

The Rev. Susie Atkinson was our Covenant II pastor from  February 1, 2017 through January 21, 2018.

The Rev. Liz Hulme Adam, began as our installed pastor on February 12, 2018.
What is Presbyterian?

The name Presbyterian comes from the Greek term in the New Testament for elder, presbuteros, a term used 72 times in the New Testament. The Presbyterian movement began among Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries and centered on what form of church government would be appropriate. Some thought the church should be governed by bishops (Greek: episkopos) and became the Episcopalian party, some by elders and became the Presbyterian party, and some directly by the congregation, which became the Congregationalist party.

Presbyterian church government emphasizes that the leadership of the church is shared between those called to be ministers and church members called to be elders within the congregation — we use the terms Teaching Elder to refer to ministers and Ruling Elder to refer to church members called to be elders. This strong emphasis on Presbyterian church government is our heritage from Scottish Presbyterians.

                                The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is Reformed in its theology and Presbyterian in its church government.  

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