Vienna Presbyterian Church (VPC) was organized in 1871, with nine original members. The first building, now the "Chapel", was dedicated in 1874. For the next 65 years VPC remained a tiny village church, usually with fewer than a hundred members, and sharing a pastor with another church.
World War II and the post-war years brought boom and growth for Vienna as well as for the entire Washington, DC area. By 1976, the membership had grown to 1351. VPC was transformed from a village church to a thriving suburban congregation.
Today VPC has a senior pastor and two associate pastors, more than 2600 members, a wide range of study, fellowship, service and support opportunities, a deeply involved congregation, and an extensive local, national, and international missions outreach.
It has become the largest Presbyterian church in the Washington, DC, area and in the Commonwealth of Virginia -- and a church of great spiritual vitality.
Pivotal to VPC's growth has been the Reverend Dr. Peter G. James, who came to the congregation as associate pastor in 1979, became co-pastor in 1984, and pastor in 1986. Under his leadership, the church has grown to its present membership. A 1995 capital funds campaign provided a new facility to enable VPC's ministry to continue growing.
Another capital funds campaign was started in 2002 to enable VPC to build a new Ministry Center, to provide expanded space for Christian education and fellowship. Construction began in mid-2004 and was completed in January, 2006.
The church's identity, however, has not been found in ministers, in numbers, or in buildings. Throughout its nearly 135+ years, it has seen itself as a congregation built by faith and called to serve. This vision has been at the heart of its history.