Welcome to John Knox Presbyterian Church

9104 Westport Rd. Louisville, KY 40242

A member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Mid-Kentucky Presbytery and a Matthew 25 Church

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Our Mission

Sharing Christ's love by caring for others with justice, peace and hope.

You will find a link to our recorded Sunday worship service on our Facebook page. (See link below.) It is also available on our YouTube channel:

John Knox Presbyterian Church welcomes all who walk through the doors of our sanctuary - regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, dress, economic or social status, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.  We believe that all are valuable children of God.

We hope that inviting others to come to eat with us is a good way to introduce them into the warm, welcoming environment of John Knox Presbyterian Church. So, plan to come and make some new friends during after worship refreshments or at our Third Sunday Lunch.

Sunday school will resume on September 8, 2024 
Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m.

Calendar Events for July 2024:

07/02 - Tuesday Study Group discussion (The Chosen) at 1:30 PM, Parlor
07/02 - City of Westwood meets at 7:30 PM, Parlor
07/06 - Funeral for Dolore Jarvis at 11:00 in the sanctuary (9-11 AM viewing)
07/07 - Sunday Worship Service and Communion at 11 AM 
07/09 - Tuesday Study Group discussion (The Chosen) at 1:30 PM, Parlor
07/10 - Public Hearing regarding rezoning at 6:00 PM, Fitzsimons Hall
07/14 - Sunday Worship Service at 11 AM
07/16 - Tuesday Study Group discussion (The Chosen) at 1:30 PM, Parlor
07/20 - Manuel DuPont High School Cross-Country Track Team Car Wash (10 AM-2PM)
07/21 - Sunday Worship Service at 11 AM - 3rd Sunday Fellowship Luncheon
07/23 - Langdon Place meets at 7:00 PM, Parlor
07/26 - Games On! event at 2:00 PM, Fitzsimons Hall
07/28 - Sunday Worship Service at 11 AM

The Tuesday Study Group meets for an hour at 2 pm (unless noted differently on the monthly calendar) to pray together and to often discuss a chapter or two of our latest book. Our discussions are lively and draw from our own experiences. We read books that focus on an issue from the Matthew 25 invitation: eradicating systemic poverty, dismantling structural racism, and building congregational vitality.
     We just finished Poverty, By America, by Matthew Desmond. We’ve also read Misquoting Jesus, by Barth Ehrman, Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson, If God is Love, Don't Be a Jerk, by John Pavlovitz, What Kind of Christianity: A History of Slavery and Anti-Black Racism in the Presbyterian Church by, William Yoo, Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance, by Edgar Villanueva, and Meeting Jesus at the Table, by Cynthia Campbell and Christine Coy Fohr.
     These books are in our church library and are available for you to borrow. 

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Staff And Leadership

The Rev. Susan M. Barnes, Pastor

Minister’s office hours – Tuesday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and by appointment

 Welcome! If you are looking for a spiritual home, we hope you find one with us. I have served John Knox since January 2020.

When I lead worship, I involve the congregation in the liturgy (the words we speak and sing during the service). God is our audience. When I translate from Hebrew and Greek Bible texts, I choose English words that are accurate and contemporary. I love translating and working out how the stories in the Bible speak to our stories.

Our church makes worship accessible to people with varying abilities. All our bulletins are large print. We have hearing assist devices and printed copies of the sermon so people can follow along. Neuroatypical people are welcome to move around as needed during the service. The middle pews make room for mobility devices. The church building is on one floor and wheelchair accessible.
We sing old hymns and new hymns. We also sing hymns by request.

I lead the weekly Study Group. We read contemporary books a chapter or so at a time and discuss them. We’ve read Caste; Being Mortal; Meeting Jesus at the Table; What Kind of Christianity; In Defense of Kindness; and Second Thoughts about the Second Coming.

I provide pastoral care in person, by Zoom, on the phone, in emails or thru text. I visit people who are hospitalized or homebound. I have been a chaplain intern at a Veteran Administration hospital, ministered at a nursing home/retirement center, and volunteered as the pastoral caregiver for a transgender support group. Now I co-facilitate a support group for Family and Friends of People with Bipolar/ Depression.

Since 1989, I’ve served churches in Montana, Iowa, Oregon, Oklahoma, and Kentucky. I do watercolor quilting and make clergy stoles. I’m married to Mike Ferguson, and we have two grown children, a son and a daughter.

To reach me, call the church and leave a message on the machine, or email me at [email protected].

Rev. Susan Barnes (she, her) 

Music Director - Judy Metzger Warren

 Judy comes to us with over 20 years of experience as a church musician and choral director. She has an Artist Diploma and Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (OH) and Bachelor of Music from Fredonia State University (NY).

She is also Executive Coordinator, A/P Specialist and Corporate Office Manager at Presbyterian Homes and Services of Kentucky, Inc.

Judy and her family reside in LaGrange, KY.

Member Leadership

What is an Elder?

Elders are chosen by members of the congregation. Together with ministers of the Word and Sacrament, they exercise leadership, government, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a particular church, as well as the church at large. They shall serve faithfully as members of the session for up to two, consecutive three-year terms.

Our current Elders are Gail Dupre, Dianne Foster, Christopher Nicholas, George Street, and Sue Wilder.

Becca Harrison

Church Secretary

Becca started at John Knox on February 10, 2023. In addition to her duties with us, she works 3 days a week at a Parent's Day Out program. She also brings her two young children to the Heartland Music Together program which uses space within the church.


9104 Westport Rd
Louisville, KY 40242, US

About Us

Our members invite others to join our congregation. We want to broaden our efforts to put our faith into action. Members and visitors stay after worship to visit with one another. We enjoy getting to know visitors as much as connecting with long-time members. You will be warmly welcomed when you attend John Knox! We follow Jesus when we show hospitality to others.

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