Historic Roxbury Presbyterian Church



Roxbury Presbyterian Church

Historic Presbyterian church at 328 Warren Street in Boston, Massachusetts. The Gothic church building was designed by John C. Spofford and built in 1891 for a congregation organized in 1881. Built of Roxbury pudding stone, it has asymmetrical massing partitioned into polygonal sections. The tower at the northwest corner starts on a square base, rising with differently-shaped sections to a pyramidal roof. Half of the building’s original construction cost was paid for by the Gilchrist brothers, owners of the locally prominent Gilchrist Department Store.[2]

The church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.[1]

Address: 328 Warren St, Boston, MA 02119

In May 2014, former WBZ-TV anchor Liz Walker was installed as Pastor. She had been “transitional leader” since 2011.[3] Retired 2022 as pastor


“Rev. Liz Walker officially installed as pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church”. Bostonglobe.com. Retrieved 21 June 2018.

Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center-the Cory Johnson Program 

The Social Impact Center (SIC) was founded in 2000 with a mission to create and implement educational and economic development programs to strengthen the Roxbury community.  The 501c3 partner to Roxbury Presbyterian Church; programs are secular and open to all regardless of religious affiliation.       

The Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing

In the Spring of 2013, after two daytime shootings steps from the church, Rev. Liz Walker brought together community members and non-profit leaders to address the violence. When asked about the root cause, one participant stated, “too much-untreated PTSD and too many guns.” Those discussions led the Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center, along with support from Partners HealthCare and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, to launch the Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing in September 2014.  Named after a promising young church member killed in a random shooting in 2010, the Cory Johnson Program is the church’s response to the tremendous need for trauma healing in our neighborhood, on the streets, and among the members of our congregation.  

Since 2014, the Cory Johnson Program is a Christ-inspired, community-based, clinically-supported 501c3 program of the Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center that offers a peer-centered approach to addressing post-traumatic stress in urban neighborhoods. We foster connection and empower individuals to take active roles in helping themselves and others heal.

We abide by those who have suffered trauma and loss by bridging the multiple systems of care and offer:

  • a safe sacred space for the sharing of painful stories;
  • increased awareness and understanding of trauma;
  • relief from traumatic stress;
  • mental health support

Roxbury Presbyterian Church is located in Massachusetts

LocationBoston, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°19′10″N 71°4′55″W
ArchitectSpofford, John C.; Swanson, William
Architectural styleGothic, Queen Anne
NRHP reference No.89002125[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 15, 1991
Page Created on 10/14/2023