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OUR vision

We are a vibrant community church at the crossroads of our modern changing world.   As a congregation from varied backgrounds, we work and worship cooperatively to bring others and ourselves closer to God.   Through the spirit of Christ we are connected to our worldwide church family by stewardship, commitment, mission outreach, and educational opportunities.

Statement of inclusivity

Convinced of God’s Grace, we affirm that there can be no exclusiveness in the body of Christ. We welcome all regardless of race, ethnic heritage, national origin, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic standing; and we encourage the full participation of all in the life of our congregation.

a message from our pastor

"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control." 2 Timothy: 1:7

Dear Friends,

“God speaks through 51%,” is a Presbyterian joke of sorts. It calls attention to the fact that while Presbyterians struggle to decide what God is calling us to believe and do here and now, the best we can do is a democratic vote. In our system everyone has the responsibility to discern for themselves through study, prayer and listening to other points of view what they believe God is calling us to believe and do here and now.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once compared Monarchy to Democracy and he likened Monarchy to a strong ship that sailed the sea that went along well until it hit a rock or an iceberg and sank quickly. Democracy on the other hand he likened to a river raft made out of logs lashed together. The raft always floats about two feet under the water but it will never sink.


I am truly blessed to be the Pastor of Freedom Plains United Presbyterian Church, a raft in the rapids of life. We are a community the values difference and respects opinions. We are not perfect and at times we are all wet. But we are struggling to be faithful to what God is calling us to be and do, here and now.

Maybe you are someone who is looking for a church home in Dutchess County. We would love to welcome you aboard as we struggle to face the rapids together. Bring your hopes and dreams, your beliefs and opinions, and maybe your boots.


Paul Lent

Becoming a member

When Jesus invited people to become his disciples he did not offer a nine-week class of church polity and tradition, he simply said, “Come and follow me.”   Freedom Plains United Presbyterian Church is delighted that you are reading this thinking about claiming our congregation as your church home.  We are a community that believes you learn by doing and we long to have you join with us in worship, and service as we seek to follow our risen Lord.

How Do I Join?

Talk to the Pastor; send him an email, During the year we hold several New Member Teas to orient and welcome people into the life of the congregation. Also, often the pastor (s) will meet one on one with new folks helping to orient folks to the church and answer questions about membership or anything else.   Normally an appropriate date is found and new members are welcomed to our congregation during our Sunday Morning worship services.

Freedom Plains United welcomes all who desire membership.  You can become a member of our church in four ways:

  1. Baptism and Profession of Faith

  2. Affirmation of Faith for Those Previously Baptized

  3. Transfer of Membership from another Christian Church

  4. Reaffirmation of Faith

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