Church on the Mall has existed for over fifty years in the Plymouth Meeting Mall. As plans for the Mall were being devised in 1966, three congregations in the area were experiencing serious decline. With the vision of a young pastor, Rev. Allan W. Kinloch, Jr., the support of the Presbytery of Philadelphia, and the trust of congregation members, those three churches merged and formed Church on the Mall. Conshohocken Presbyterian Church, Holy Redeemer Church in Norristown, and the Ambler Chapel joined as one body and began worshipping in the Mall.
With the Mall being closed on Sundays, worship was held in the common area, baptisms took place at the fountain, and Sunday school classes were held in various storefronts. We were a congregation in the midst of the people. In 1972 a building plan was negotiated with the Mall, and the church was moved from various locations throughout the Mall into its current building.
In 1995, Rev. Wally Fletcher joined the congregation as a Parish Associate, helping as needed. He continues to run the Dialogue Center out of an upstairs office. In 1999, after over thirty years of service, Rev. Kinloch retired. Our next installed pastor, Rev. Scott Bohr, served from 2002 until 2005. Rev. Phil Olsen served as our installed pastor from 2007 until 2013. Our current installed pastor, Rev. Sarah A. Colwill, began in January of 2015.
Church on the Mall continues to see its mission as being right in the midst of the people. As the Mall around us changes, we prayerfully dream ways to stay true to our roots. We seek to be a beacon of hope in this midst of the world's despair, showing the love of Christ to all those who enter our space.