Memorial Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 825 - 127 E. Willow St.- Cherokee, IA 51012 - 712-225-2637
The Presbyterian Church of Cherokee was organized on June 5, 1870 in the Brick School
House in "Old Cherokee" with nine members present. The sermon was given by Rev. Alex
M. Darly who served as pastor the next five years. Services were held in the McLean House
until 1873, when a frame building of two rooms was erected on West Main Street. In 1884,
at the dedication of a new addition, the name Memorial Presbyterian Church was adopted.
In 1909 the present site, at First and Willow Streets, was selected for a new church. This
building was erected and dedicated on November, 1911 by Rev. J.W. Bean. In 1962, Rev.
A.E. Goldhorn with the Planning Committee, selected plans for an Education Building,
including changes that made the former Sunday School room a part of the sanctuary.
Meet Our Pastor
Pastor Eric Wright serves as the 22nd installed minister at
Memorial Presbyterian Church.
I was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I was educated in the public and private schools of Cedar Rapids. I graduated from Mt. Mercy University (BS) and Louisville theological Seminary (Master of Divinity).
After graduation, I started my ministry career in Versailles, Missouri. I pastored a small, rural church of about 40 members. I ministered there for 18 months before moving to St. Louis, Missouri. I studied Clinical Pastoral Education in St. Louis for approximately one year and two months. Following this short stint, I moved across the country to a little hovel called Elmhurst Township in rural Pennsylvania. I ministered to a small flock of about 30 people. I preached and taught the Word of GOD in this little township for two and a half full years. I received the call to pull up roots once again, and have had the blessed opportunity to be the new pastor at Memorial Presbyterian church in Cherokee, Iowa.
I’m married to my best friend, Kathryn. We have been married for five wonderful years. We have a boy named William, and we are expecting a baby girl, Ava Grace. A fact to know about me, I enjoy reading and fishing.