Seeking to be a living testimony to God's love, grace and mercy


Thinking about church? South Frankfort Presbyterian Church welcomes you as you explore and deepen your faith. Our worship service begins at 10:55 Sunday morning, followed by a light lunch. [Note: In-person worship and lunch have been temporarily suspended durint the quarantine.]

Children are welcome in church, and we also provide a nursery.

If you'd like to use our assistive listening system, please ask a deacon or the audio engineer at the back of the church for a receiver to use during the service.

SFPC is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA and its Mid-Kentucky Presbytery. 



South Frankfort Presbyterian Church

224 Steele Street

Frankfort, KY 40601

(502) 227-7175




The people of South Frankfort Presbyterian Church are fellow travelers in a journey of faith. Toward what end? The goal is to be a “living testimony to God’s love, grace and mercy.” 

You can get involved with SFPC through our Sunday worship services, youth activities, women’s circles, outreach to serve needs near and far, choir, and many other programs in the church. 

We love having babies and children join us for church. And we have a great youth program. 

Please explore our website, call the church office at 502-227-7175, Monday-Thursday between 10:00 a.m.-4:00 us at, and join us for worship and fellowship. 

We'd love nothing more than for you to become a fellow traveler!

Grace and peace, 

The Rev. Marian M. Taylor 

“... so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” Romans 1:12 



Rev. Dr. Marian Taylor, Pastor

Cyndy Susan, Office Administrator

Roland Herzel, Organist

Warren Howell, Director of Music

Jason Shaw, Coordinator, Youth Education and Programs

Katherine Rash and Jessie Penn, Child Care Workers

Melody Stephenson, Sunday Chef

There are four basic ways to become a member of SFPC:

  1. By profession of faith in Christ and Baptism (if you have never been baptized or a member of another Christian church)
  2. If you are a young person in the seventh grade or older, your profession of faith membership can follow a time of instruction and learning called confirmation. (Baptism will accompany the process if you have not previously been baptized.)
  3. By reaffirmation of faith in Christ (if you have not been actively participating in a church for an extended period of time)
  4. By transfer of membership from another congregation (if you are a member in good standing of a congregation that transfers memberships).


How do I begin this process? Choose any or all of the following:

  1. Check the “wish to join this church” box in the friendship registration pads passed in worship. Leave your contact information, legibly written.
  2. Call the church office. Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 502-227-7175.
  3. Speak with the pastor, one of the elders or one of your friends about your desire to become a member.
  4. Is that all there is to it? Almost!
  5. Meet with the Session, the elected leadership council, following worship on the third Sunday of the month. Then be recognized and complete the process (baptism, profession, reaffirmation of faith, membership transfer) during a worship service.

Session (Elders)

Class of 2020
    Ann Brooks
    Dick Harter
    George Seay, Clerk of Session
    Debbie Wilson
Class of 2021
    Ann Maenza, Treasurer
    Mary Elizabeth Stivers
    Jim Thornton

Class of 2022
    Skip Averell
    Mark Ritter
    Judy Turner


Class of 2020

    Fred Bebe

    Amelia Berry

    Ethan Carpenter

    Anne Colly Rose, Chair

    Joe Schmidt

Class of 2021

    Ellen Collins

    Susan Hanly

    Susan Quarels

    Helen Taulbee

Class of 2022

    Brenda Duvall

    Kris Jarboe

    Casey Philpot

    Matt Ross

Class of 2020
     Mark Overstreet
Class of 2021

Class of 2022
     Nancey Belle Smith



Some of the principles articulated by John Calvin remain at the core of Presbyterian beliefs. Among these are the sovereignty of God, the authority of the scripture, justification by grace through faith, and the priesthood of all believers, which means that God is the supreme authority throughout the universe. Our knowledge of God and God’s purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed in the New Testament through the life of Jesus Christ. Our salvation (justification) through Jesus is God’s generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments. It is everyone’s job — ministers and lay people alike — to share this Good News with the whole world. That is also why the Presbyterian Church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike.


The beautiful cross at the front of the sanctuary was created for our congregation in 2000 from Kentucky walnut by the Rev. Gerald H. Cooper, a woodturner and retired Presbyterian Minister living in Berea, Kentucky. Elements of the design came from a committee of Jim Baker, Bill Kirkland, Ann Ratliff, Sandra Moak Sorem, Judith Thornton, Jim Thornton, and Callie Williams.

•   The cross is the central image of the Christian faith. In the Catholic tradition, Christ usually is seen upon the cross, but in the reformed tradition the cross is empty as a proclamation of the resurrection.

•   The crossbeams represent the intersection of heaven and earth. The circle that joins the arms of the cross represents the eternal and unbroken presence of God.

•   The descending dove is the classic symbol for the Holy Spirit based on accounts of Christ’s baptism.

•   The Chi Rho on the right arm of the cross represents Christ. Chi and Rho are the first two letters for the Greek word Christos.

•   The Alpha and Omega on the left arm of the cross comes from Rev. 1:18, “I am the Alpha and the Omega’ says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

•   The vine symbolizes the Christian community. “I am the vine, you are the branches ... " (John 15:5). The vine grows from the base of the cross, symbolizing that our faith is deeply rooted in God’s good gifts.

•   The Celtic knotwork around the circle represents the human community growing from the vines to unity with God’s wholeness.

•   Three symbols on the cross represents the Holy Trinity – the Alpha and Omega (God, Creator), the Chi Rho (Christ, Redeemer), and the descending dove (Holy Spirit, Sustainer).
•   The dove represents baptism and the bread and chalice represent the Lord’s Supper. 

•   The Celtic Cross grew out of Irish monasteries from the sixth century and has been widely used in Scots-Irish Presbyterian churches.


South Frankfort Presbyterian Church can trace its roots in Franklin County back to 1795 when the Hogsett Church, later known as Upper Benson Church, was organized in the home of Thomas Paxton.

Its membership depleted by deaths (including Paxton’s in 1844) and migration, Upper Benson Church disbanded in 1848. Some members went to Frankfort or Lawrenceburg churches but the greater part joined Lower Benson (by then renamed Franklin).

In his history of Bridgeport, Willard Rouse Jillson said the Franklin Church “gradually” lost membership during and after the Civil War … the primary trouble was the question of slavery, engendered by civil strife. Most of those who left the church were of Northern persuasion. They came, family by family, to Frankfort and many became members of the First Presbyterian Church.

Others began to meet in the Turner School House, Second and Shelby Streets. The Rev. A.M. Frazier, pastor of two Woodford County churches, ministered to the group.

Our church’s present site at Third and Steele Streets was purchased in 1880 for $1,400 and plans were made for a church building.

On May 27, 1884, 31 members of the new church petitioned the Presbytery of West Lexington for admission, although later that year presbytery boundaries changed and the church became part of the Louisville Presbytery. The first pastor was Robert E. Caldwell.

The first church building was a gray frame structure containing a “large one-room auditorium, with a small offset room in the rear for the infant class.” Sunday School classes met “here and there” in the auditorium. The building was heated by two coal stoves.

The brick building dedicated in 1904, as seen from the Steele Street side, resembled today’s structure in overall appearance.

Eventually, more Sunday School space was needed, and an annex was built behind the sanctuary. James Montgomery, Judge J.P. Hobson, and Judge William T. Fowler were key leaders in this project. The annex, completed in 1924, contained separate Sunday School rooms, a kitchen and an assembly room.

The addition which houses our present Fellowship Hall and Sunday School rooms was completed in 1964, and parts of the earlier annex were converted to office space. This was done during the term of our longest-serving minister, the Rev. John L. Hunt.

From 2000 to 2003, the church underwent major renovation in the sanctuary and adjacent buildings. The distinctive South Frankfort Cross in the sanctuary symbolizes the renewal of our church.

South Frankfort Presbyterian Church has a long record of significant mission support in the community and region. Among a host of mission outreach activities, our church currently provides volunteer workers and financial support for the nearby Kings Center, which conducts tutoring, Bible study, recreation programs and field trips for South Frankfort residents. The Resource Office for Social Ministries (R.O.S.M.) receives significant support, as do PCUSA mission co-workers Luta and Jeremy Garbat-Welch.

For the past quarter century and more, our church also has had a history of excellence in education and music.

Excerpted from a longer account in January 2001 by Livingston Taylor from articles by Alice Reading.