Cooks Creek Presbyterian Church began as one of three outposts organized in 1739 as a Christrian
Society, with the official name, "Triple Forks of the Shenando Congregation". Cooks Creek was
originally located on the North River at Dayton, VA. The site is now covered by the waters of Silver Lake.
In 1780, the church relocated to its present site and erected a white frame building. In 1834, a third
structure was built of brick. Cooks Creek and its daughter church, Harrisonburg, were united with one
pastor until 1876.
Cooks Creek built a chapel, Mt. Olive, in 1896, in the Rawley Springs area. It remained part of
Cooks Creek until 1990 when it was granted full church status.
Cooks Creek is believed to have the longest established youth program in the county having been formed in
1894. Youth Fellowships remain a vital part of the church's ministry to this day. In addition, it's women's
organization has been in ministry since 1874.
The fourth house of worship was built in 1912 with church school rooms added in 1926. The sanctuary
was renovated in 1967 reflecting the colonial period in which the church was founded. In 1964 a two story
educational building, connecting the church and fellowship hall built in 1948, was constructed. A new
fellowship building was dedicated in 2008 and contains a large fellowship hall, offices, accessible rest rooms
and a state of the art kitchen.
A church owned cottage at Massanetta Springs Conference Center was built in 1924 and replaced in 1955,
after some deep study and reflection, the cottage was sold to
Massanetta in 2010 and
still serves as a retreat place for youth and adults.
Cooks Creek is the oldest organization in Rockingham County and is registered by the Presbyterian
Historical Society as an American Prebyterian and Reformed Historical Site No. 137.
We are a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (PC-USA) and a member of the Shenandoah
We are a community Church residing in a growing neighborhood. Our
church family is a diverse mixture of people: young and old from
north and south, blue-collar and professional, life long
Presbyterians and many from other religious backgrounds and
We are a congregation deeply committed to a vision of God's openness
to all people in our wonderful diversity, to the spiritual
nourishment of both the head and the heart, and to making a
difference in our community and world. Whether you worship with us,
seek a spiritual home, yearn to make a difference in your life and
community, attend an educational, cultural, or community event, or
simply stop by to view the facilities, here you will find a place of
hospitality, spiritual nurture, challenge, and energy.