North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church (NWPC) is a Presbyterian Church (PC USA) nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northwestern North Carolina. NWPC is unique in that we began as two churches in the 1800s and are now one church in two locations.

  • NWPC is located at 804 E St, North Wilkesboro, NC
  • Wilkesboro Presbyterian Chapel (The Chapel) is located at 205 East Main St, Wilkesboro, NC
  • You can contact our staff by calling 336-667-1288 and entering an extension number or clicking on the links below to send an email. Not sure which staff member you need to contact? Email us, and we will make sure you are put in contact with the correct staff member!


Ruling Elders

Class of 2023 and Committee

Jed Cockrell – Communication & Technology
Blaine Johnston – Building & Grounds
Donna McNeil – Peace & Justice
Perry Snipes – Peace & Justice
Karen Worley – Administration
Fran York – Faith Formation

Class of 2024 and Committee

Carol Bennett – Congregational Life
Martha Brame – Faith Formation
Gary Cogdill – Administration
Geoff Pagett – Personnel

Class of 2025 and Committee

Cathy Hubbard – Worship
Gerald Lankford – Congregational Care
Rebecca Skidmore – Congregational Care
John Wyatt – Administration

Brief History

The town of Wilkesboro has served as the county seat of Wilkes County since 1778. Wilkesboro Presbyterian Chapel (The Chapel) was established in Wilkesboro, NC, on June 17, 1837. The Chapel was the first Presbyterian Church in Wilkes County and is the oldest congregation of this denomination in twenty-one western NC counties. In 1982 The Chapel was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The building is an excellent example of a Greek Revival Temple popular in the mid-nineteenth century.

In 1848, John Finley and Augustus Finley, two of the church’s founding members, sold a tract of land on the North side of the Yadkin River. This land was combined with other land to form the town of North Wilkesboro, which was incorporated in 1891. With the railroad in North Wilkesboro, the town became the center of commerce and industry while Wilkesboro was the center of government. On July 29, 1893, sixteen active members withdrew from the The Chapel to become charter members of North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church (NWPC). The NWPC building is one of several rock churches scattered throughout Western NC. In 1948 the original frame building was demolished and the current building was constructed using rocks from a local quarry.