What Is Preserved Wisdom?

Preserved Wisdom began as a history depository. The genesis of the project was the archiving of past sermons preached by senior pastors and the study of the history of Central Presbyterian Church in Saint Louis, Missouri. The church was established in 1844. The scope of Preserved Wisdom has evolved as more has been learned about the church and its place in the history of the City of Saint Louis and to encompass other historical research studies and philanthropic endeavors.

1. Sermon Archive:

The initial intent of Preserved Wisdom was to develop a sermon archive – a place to store and present the sermons delivered by senior pastors of the church.  The archive currently includes nearly 1500 sermons sorted by date, pastor and scripture reference. Sermons from 1970 to 1981 are preserved as copies of the original manuscripts, scanned and saved as PDF documents. The sermons from 1982 to the present have been transcribed as MP3 audio files and can be streamed through a computer or mobile device.

We believe the preaching of God’s Word is inspired and timeless and worthy of preserving.


2. Central Presbyterian Church History:

  • Since Central Presbyterian Church’s founding in 1844, many historical artifacts have been saved. Our goal is to preserve these Historical Artifacts through better organization and by scanning the most important to digital files presented as PDF documents. This archiving and uploading will be an ongoing process.
  • Central’s history was last officially recorded through the publication of a book, Stones of Remembrance written in conjunction with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the church in 1994. This work, faithfully compiled and written by Marilyn McCarthy, is now out of print. An original copy of “Stones of Remembrance” has been scanned and converted to PDF documents.
  • An introduction to Central’s celebration of its 175th Anniversary – 1844 – 2019.

3. The Lucas and Garrison Project – Historical Profiles

The third component of Preserved Wisdom is a separate, more in-depth research project focused on the historical richness of Saint Louis. From 1876-1908 the home of the Central Presbyterian Church was at the northeast corner of Lucas and Garrison Avenues. With the help of the comprehensive maps created in 1875 by Compton and Dry and old city directories, we know exactly who lived in close proximity to the church at that time. This was an era when Saint Louis was one of the preeminent cities in the world. Many of the well-to-do living in the neighborhoods around the church during this golden age of Saint Louis history, became fabulously successful but also gave back to the city through their financial philanthropy and civic service. The stories of these St. Louisans are often fascinating and these short biographical sketches tell us about the era. ” Lucas and Garrison – 1875 is an intersection of Saint Louis lives, times and places.”


4. The Apollos Foundation and Friends of Adams

In researching the history of Saint Louis, particularly during the Golden Age in the late Nineteenth Century, we discovered that Saint Louisans took a pride in their city and many of those who became very wealthy through their labors in the thriving metropolis, gave back to the city through their philanthropic endeavors. Much of the legacy left by those visionary and selfless leaders, is still having an impact on the city today. The lesson in studying Saint Louis history is that the health and well-being of our city is the responsibility of all of us. As we all prosper and flourish, so does Saint Louis.

Two new initiatives have been developed to make a difference in our city. The Apollos Foundation exists to encourage socio-economically challenged familes seeking to provide their children with a good, Christian education through financial, emotional and tutorial support. Friends of Adams is a community inspired to encourage and equip the students and staff of Adams Elementary School in Saint Louis, MO. Please consider visiting these two websites and partnering with us to help kids.