About Us

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We gather as family united by the bonds of our faith in Jesus
Christ. Rooted and grounded in our faith, our life together bears witness to the transformative power of God's love that nourishes us in heart, mind and soul. Within our walls, we experience a strong sense of love and care for one another, sharing together the joys and struggles of life. As individuals committed to following Christ's call to "follow me" we extend the warmth of our family and the hope of God's reconciling love to our community and our world.

 
 

Our Mission:  Accepting, helping, guiding

Who we are:
A gathering of believers committed to one another and our community
A people in transition - letting go of the old with gratitude in order to embrace the new with trust.
An open and affirming congregation whose arms are open to all in the name of Jesus.
What we are doing:
Offering companionship to those who suffer through Griefshare and DivorceCare support groups.
Serving meals and providing for our neighbors in need through Hillsborough's food pantry, Samaritan Homeless Interim Program, CROP Walk for Hunger, One Great Hour of Sharing, the Somerset Resource Center, and our own Community Garden.
Building friendships with our Muslim neighbors.

 
 
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Meet our Pastor

Reverend Dawn Adamy has been an ordained minister in the PCUSA and a member of the Presbytery of New Brunswick since 2005.  A graduate of The University of Virginia (’87) and Princeton Theological Seminary (’04), Dawn has served as Designated Pastor at Amwell First Presbyterian Church of Reaville,  Parish Associate at Lawrence Road Presbyterian Church, Protestant Campus Chaplain at Rider University and Westminster Choir College, and most recently served as Interim Pastor at Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian Church.  She has spent most of her ordained ministry leading congregations and individuals through seasons of significant change and the challenges associated with transition. Her ministry interests include individual and group spiritual formation, the expression of the gospel in popular culture, ministry with the incarcerated, and creative worship experiences. She resides in Lawrenceville with her family.

When not participating in church life and ministries, Dawn enjoys games, books, movies, classic TV and rollercoasters.  She has also recently discovered a penchant for Candy Crush Saga, which is quickly becoming her favorite way to waste time.

Dawn is glad to be at Hillsborough Presbyterian Church and looks forward to getting to know everyone in the congregation and community, especially if it means chatting over a cup of dark roast coffee (and maybe an occasional slice of red velvet cake!)

 
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History

175 years ago, the Reformed Church and its New Brunswick Seminary and the
Presbyterian Church and its Seminary in Princeton entered into an agreement that no Presbyterian Church would be organized between Princeton and Pluckemin. Rev. Dr. Orion Hopper decided to change this in 1961. He obtained permission from the National Missions Committee of the New Brunswick Presbytery to conduct a canvas of the Hillsborough community. 450 homes were visited and 188 expressed a desire to attend a Presbyterian
Church. In April 1961 the NJ Council of Churches approved the establishment of a Presbyterian Church in Hillsborough.

Negotiations with the Hillsborough School District led to permission for services and Sunday
School to be held at the Consolidated School, the now Hillsborough Elementary School. 
9 acres were purchased by the Presbytery of New Brunswick on the corner of Rt. 206 and Homestead along with a house on an adjacent property that came to be known as the Church House. The church property was purchased from a company which sold equipment to summer camps and came with a model log cabin that was turned into a chapel by the
congregation. On May 12, 1963 the Hillsborough Presbyterian Church was officially organized. In a few years the congregation outgrew the log cabin and the present church building was constructed in 1967.

What it means to be Presbyterian

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Hillsborough Presbyterian Church is a member of the Presbyterian Church in the USA.
You can learn more about Presbyterian theology and positions on social issues by visiting "Presbyterian 101" at PCUSA.org.