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Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church
311 Browns Lane
Louisville, KY 40207

  • Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
    Psalms 86:4
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Centennial Year

Centennial Celebration

1916-2016 – 100 Years at HBPres

Our theme for the Centennial year was SHARING GOD’S LOVE, GENERATION TO GENERATION, inspired by the 100th Psalm.  This congregation has demonstrated God’s love across generations, and passed down the good news of gospel throughout the generations.  We are looking forward to what God has in store for the next 100 years.

The church was chartered on August 13, 1916 – 99 years ago –  so we are now in our one hundredth year of ministry.   It began 25 years earlier as a mission Sunday School of the Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church, ably supervised by Elder Hugh Barret of the Highland Presbyterian Church, with occasional worship led by area ministers and seminary students.  The church was organized when the families in St. Matthews petitioned the Louisville Presbytery for their own congregation.  Contrary to the usual sequence, they already had a church building, thanks to Hugh Barret for the land and Edmonia Browne Roberts for the building costs.  And so it began.

For details about about the Centennial events and more information about our church history, click on the links below.

We hope to see you in the coming year!

John Roper, Pastor



Click on the blue links below to read and see all about our past and how we have celebrated our 100 year anniversary!

Centennial calendar of events

History of HBPres

The Hunt for Harvey Browne

Hugh Barret – the Man Behind The Curtain

The Centennial Project

1916 At A Glance

Centennial Anthem

 Map of St. Matthews in 1891

Map of St. Matthews 1916-1921


Homecoming Photos

The group photo taken at the end of our Homecoming Service last November and many others taken that morning are available for purchase at the photographer’s website, To view the selection, do the following:

Go to the website and click on “client access.” When instructed to enter your Gallery ID, type: HarveyBrowne.

Click on any of the photos to see a larger image. If you wish to purchase a photo, click on the “Buy” link at the top of the page and follow the instructions.