Willmar had not yet been incorporated when the Presbyterians began to worship here. They met first in the William Crooks passenger train that stayed in Willmar on Sundays. The congregation later moved into the newly built railroad station, often meeting on crude plank seating and overturned shipping barrels. On August 11th, 1870, they were formally organized as the First Presbyterian Church of Willmar. In 1871, the land at the intersection of Sixth Street and Litchfield Avenue was purchased and the first wooded framed church was built. The church has been located on this corner in Willmar ever since.
If you enter in the main entrance of the church today, you will see that the church bell is a train depot bell. It serves as a reminder of where the church began and the long history at the heart of Willmar. The First Presbyterian Church has active children and youth programs and a variety of adult Bible studies and small groups. They have reached almost three hundred total members and continue to reach out in ministry to the larger community of Willmar.