Tenth Presbyterian Church dates back to the early nineteenth century when Philadelphia was the second largest city in the country. At that time the entire city was quite small, surrounded by farmlands and situated between two rivers, the Schuylkill and the Delaware.
The original Tenth Church, founded in 1829, was located on the northeast corner of Twelfth and Walnut Streets. It established a daughter church in 1855-1856 called the West Spruce Street Presbyterian Church on the southwest corner of Seventeenth and Spruce Streets. The two churches worked together, with the ministers exchanging pulpits each week. Due to membership decline in the original Tenth Church caused by population shifts, the two churches merged in 1893 at the Seventeenth and Spruce Streets location, taking the name of the older church (Tenth Presbyterian Church).
A DVD, This People, This Place: A film about God's Work through the People of Tenth Presbyterian Church is a 42-minute documentary that commemorates Tenth's 175-year history, vision, and mission. It is available in Tenth's bookstore, which is open after Sunday services.
One of the sections in This People, This Place, "A Church for the 21st Century," is available for viewing below, or you can view it in it's entirety here:
"Celebrating 175 years! The story of a most influential church in twentieth-century America, an evangelical congregation, pastored by Barnhouse and Boice, that has flourished in Center City Philadelphia. Contributors include Allen C. Guelzo, William S. Barker, and Paul S. Jones. Edited by Philip G. Ryken. Foreword by Linda M. Boice"
You can read about our history in a book edited by Dr. Philip G. Ryken and published in 2004 as part of our 175th anniversary celebration: Tenth Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia: 175 Years of Thinking and Acting Biblically. This book is a revised edition of Making God's Word Plain: Tenth Presbyterian Church 150 Years (1829-1979), edited by Dr. James Montgomery Boice and published in 1979. It is available in Tenth's bookstore.
A memorial CD set is available, comprising the following:
- Dr. Boice’s last two sermons (Good Friday, "The Execution," on Mark 15:21-39; and Easter, "What a Difference a Day Makes," on Acts 4:1-20), as well as his announcement
- The memorial service (2 CD's)
- The sermon Dr. Philip Ryken preached the Sunday morning after Dr. Boice’s death ("The Valley of the Shadow," on Psalm 23:4), and the sermon preached by Eric Alexander the Sunday after the memorial service ("All Things Work Together for Good," on Romans 8:26-34)
- A tribute that was done on the WFIL Philadelphia radio program, "The Mark Daniels Show"
- A memorial booklet entitled, "The Life of Dr. James Montgomery Boice"
To purchase, contact the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, asking for product code D-BMEM.