Who We Are
The Holy Way Presbyterian Church is a community where we celebrate our joy as children of God, welcoming all persons to the body of Christ. No matter who you are or where you are on your faith journey, you are welcome here.
Our Mission Statement
The Holy Way Presbyterian Church brings the good news of Jesus Christ to all God's people and faithfully follows the Lord's holy way.
We live out our mission statement through:
Worship that proclaims God's saving activity in our lives, that brings glory to God through prayer, proclamation and music, and that welcomes diverse people together in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Education that teaches the story of God's living word in the Bible to children and adults.
Caring that demonstrates the commitment to follow Jesus' commandments to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick and welcome the stranger.
Service that extends beyond the walls of the church.
Holy Way began in 1983 with a handful of people from Southwest Tucson who could not get to church in the downtown area because of heavy monsoon rains. They began meeting around the fireplace in the Ranch House, which was first rented and later purchased by the congregation.
In April of 1995, Rev. Ray Thomas was installed as the second pastor of Holy Way. Under his warm and dedicated leadership, the church has matured into a place that dares to dream big. By 1999, Holy Way had built its current sanctuary and many of its mission-oriented programs. In 2015, Rev. Elizabeth Smith joined the pastoral staff as our Parish Associate and then later became our Pastor for Growth & Development. In addition to preaching and providing pastoral care, Rev. Smith focused on creating opportunities for us to deepen our faith and expand our sense of mission. After 24 years of serving as pastor, Rev. Thomas left in April 2019. In June 2019, we welcomed Rev. John Cheek as our Interim Pastor and we are blessed to have him guiding us in this next chapter of life and ministry. Rev. Smith departed in April 2020 after the position of Pastor for Growth and Development was eliminated. Though this more recent chapter has held a lot of transition, we trust that God remains with us even as we move toward calling our next installed pastor.
Holy Way strives to maintain a balance between activities that provide fun and fellowship for members and visitors, and mission activities that carry our commitment to spread Jesus’ love beyond our church walls.
Tucson’s southwest side swells with an influx of winter visitors from October through April. Winter visitors are a vital part of Holy Way’s congregation and we feel a new vitality as our sisters and brothers fill us in on the turns their lives have taken, and they slide back into their places in the life and culture of Holy Way. Whether you are here in Tucson one week, three months, or all year, we hope you will join us!