Potomac Hills began in 1990 as a small group of Christians meeting during Sunday afternoons in the living room of Mark and Phoebe Rist in Leesburg, Virginia. Their desire was to advance the Gospel, to extend the Kingdom of God in the Leesburg area, and in due course to establish a church in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
As they sensed God's call to begin meeting for worship on Sundays, they used different venues such as the Colonial Funeral Home of Leesburg and the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Leesburg. An evangelist named John Barber filled the pulpit often.
In June 1992, the mission church called Wade Smith to be their pastor fresh out of seminary. Wade led them in a phone-a-thon to invite the community to a grand opening at our new location at Ashburn Elementary School in December 1992. Potomac Hills was officially recognized as a particular church of the PCA on October 2, 1994.
In June 1995, God called Wade to start a new church in Utah. The pastor search committee called Rev. Dave Silvernail in January 1997 and he has been the senior pastor ever since.
Some other highlights from the past 16 years:
*We moved to our current location at Harper Park Middle School after the school opened in 1999.
*Dave Dorst was hired as the youth and worship pastor in February 2002, and served until March 2020.
*In May 2006, we changed our name from Potomac Hills Community Church to Potomac Hills Presbyterian Church to more accurately reflect our identity.
*Rev. Dave Crenshaw and Rev. Rich Coffeen both served as part-time pastors between the years of 2005-2011. Rev. Tom Rubino and Rev. Jeff Lee both served on staff from 2012-2015. Rev. Frank Wang was hired in 2016 as the Assistant Pastor for youth, college, and young adults.
*We had our first campaign drive to raise money for what was initially called the "Multiply Ministry Initiative" in the Fall of 2010. Preaching through the book of Esther, the motto of the campaign became "For Such A Time As This" and resulted in members pledging (and giving) over $530,000 during the three years of the campaign. The campaign came to a close at the end of 2013, and it’s been wonderful to see how faithful the congregation has been and seeing what God has brought: many new families, two new pastors, a renovated office, and new ministries.