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Timeline Milestone

Presbytery of Central Texas organized the joint Sunday School into Highland Presbyterian Church, January 31, 1892


The Highland Presbyterian Church was organized by the Presbytery of Central Texas on January 31, 1892.

Additional History/Context

Rev. Purcell was called as Pastor, and Dr. Daniel A. Penick as Elder, of the new Highland Presbyterian Church. The church began with 20 commuting members. Meanwhile, in East Austin, another Sunday School was formed by the Austin School of Theology on Nueces Street, originally organized by Dr. Penick. When he became the Elder of the Highland Presbyterian Church, he joined the two schools together, and the church purchased the West Austin building. As a result, the church was physically closer to the University of Texas, allowing more students to join.

Associated Images

  • Church members outside the first church building at San Bernard St. in East Austin, photograph, 00/00/1892
  • The first Church building in East Austin at San Bernard St., photograph, undated
  • The First Presbyterian Church in Austin on San Bernard St. in East Austin, photograph, 1892
  • Associated People

    Rev. Purcell


    Church Founding


    Presbytery of Central TexasHighland Presbyterian ChurchEldersPastorsChurch foundingChurch historyWest Austin buildingNueces StreetSunday SchoolUniversity of Texas