Historic downtown Overland Park Presbyterian Church for sale; not protected by landmark status

Overland Park Presbyterian Church is for sale
Overland Park Presbyterian Church is for sale

The Overland Park Presbyterian Church property, a fixture in downtown Overland Park since 1929, is for sale and the congregation would like to relocate to new space somewhere nearby.

The stately brick building at 8029 Overland Park Dr. is not a designated historic landmark and a buyer could potentially demolish the property, a church official acknowledged. Any sale will require approval by the 96-member congregation.

“Our church is our members and our membership has decided to pursue our mission and ministry elsewhere. This building, while lovely and wonderful, is not something we’re able to maintain,” Pastor Jason Carle said Monday.

Carle said the church is currently receiving bids for the property while searching for a new home. No timetable has been identified for its sale.

He declined to reveal the asking price for the property, which covers about a half city block near downtown.

“Ideally, we would like to move into our new space before winter, but if that’s not possible, we could be here over the winter,” he said.

Carle said the church membership wants to remain close-by to continue ministries such as the Shawnee Mission Meals on Wheel program and working with students at nearby schools.

Overland Park Presbyterian Church is one of Johnson County’s oldest continuing congregations, according to the church website.

The February 1911 merger of two pioneer congregations — Corinth Presbyterian Church, built in 1871, and Antioch Presbyterian Church, built in 1873 — formed the Overland Park Presbyterian Church Society with 27 Charter Members. The church built its first building in 1913 at 8109 Overland Park Drive (now a Masonic Lodge). In 1929, the congregation dedicated the cornerstone of its present building.

Since then various additions have been added to the main building, the last being the “new” sanctuary, dedicated in 1970.