Our congregation was originally formed in September 1820. Among the 16 men and women who signed the charter was Rebecca Carter, who was one of the first permanent white settlers in Cleveland.
Art & History
A Distinguished Past...
A Vibrant Present
Old Stone Church, long a downtown Cleveland landmark, has a congregation dating back to 1820. Officially known as The First Presbyterian Church of Cleveland, it was founded at a time when Cleveland was a village of a few hundred people. As Cleveland has grown in size and importance, Old Stone Church has kept pace, becoming a symbol of spiritual leadership, community involvement and stability in the heart of the city.
Key Events at Old Stone Church
In June of 1835, The Rev. Samuel C. Aiken is installed as the first Senior Pastor of Old Stone Church. Rev. Aiken served until March of 1861.
A disastrous fire hit Old Stone Church in March 1857, spreading from the roof to the 250-foot steeple. American industrialist and Cleveland resident Amasa Stone led the successful campaign to rebuild the church on the original property.
In April of 1861, The Rev. William H. Goodrich is installed as Senior Pastor at Old Stone Church. Rev. Goodrich January of 1879.
The Rev. Hiram C. Haydn is installed as the third Senior Pastor in August of 1872 until October of 1880.
Rev. Haydn also served a second term as Senior Pastor from October 1884 until June of 1902.
The Rev. Arthur Mitchell is installed as the fourth Senior Pastor in October of 1880. He served until June of 1884.
The Rev. Andrew B. Meldrum is installed as the fifth Senior Pastor in June of 1902. He served until May of 1924.
The Rev. William H. Foulkes is installed as the sixth Senior Pastor in October of 1924. He served until June of 1926.
The Rev. Robert W. Mark is installed as the seventh Senior Pastor in June of 1927. He served until June of 1933.
The Rev. Robert B. Whyte is installed as the eighth Senior Pastor in May of 1935. He served until December 1956.
Old Stone’s famous carillon and tower clock, gifts of Mrs. Margaret Rusk Griffiths, were dedicated in 1946. After more than three decades of use, the carillon fell into disrepair and was not played for several years. It was repaired and put back into service in the fall of 1987, and once again renovated during the steeple replacement.
The Rev. Lewis Raymond is installed as the ninth Senior Pastor at Old Stone Church in March of 1958. Rev. Raymond served until May of 1984.
The Rev. Malcolm A. McCuaig is installed as the tenth Senior Pastor at Old Stone Church. Rev. McCuaig served until 1997.
In 1998, Rev. Gary L. Kornell is installed as the eleventh Senior Pastor at Old Stone Church. Rev. Kornell served until 2002.
Rev. Mark Giuliano installed as the twelfth Senior Pastor at Old Stone Church in August 2008. Rev Giuliano served until December of 2019.
Old Stone Church celebrated its historic bicentennial amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Old Stone Church Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) unanimously nominates Rev. Stephen C. Blonder Adams as Senior Pastor at Old Stone Church. The Presbytery formally installed Rev. Blonder Adams as the thirteenth Senior Pastor at Old Stone Church in October 2022.
Our Stained Glass Windows
Among the first breathtaking visuals our visitors experience within our Sanctuary are our beloved stained glass windows.
Key Landmarks and Points of Interest
Old Stone Church is home to many key landmarks and points of interest, both inside of the Sanctuary, the parish house, and on the grounds outside of Old Stone Church.
Old Stone Church History Brochure
Schedule a Tour
Upon request and with enough reasonable notice, Old Stone Church conducts group tours with a dedicated tour docent. Please send us a message below, and we will follow up.
For individual or family visits to the Sanctuary, please feel free to visit us without reservation during our operating hours of 9 am - 4 pm. We ask that you come to our Parish House entrance on Ontario St. Please use the call box to gain entry.