The Holt Presbyterian Church was organized on April 5, 1865 by seventeen Scotch Presbyterians who wanted a church they could attend according to their customs. James Thorburn, Sr., Casper Lott, and Church Wilbur were selected as the first Elders and were ordained. At the beginning the church met at the Delhi Center school building. On October 21, 1867, the church purchased a building site for forty-two dollars, the building was completed in 1869. It was an oak frame structure with hand hewn beams and a capacity of 200, at a cost of two thousand dollars. The building, dedicated on October 3, 1869, had a balcony and was heated by wood stoves.
The original thirty year charter of the church expired in January of 1912 and the congregation re-organized and incorporated as the “First Presbyterian Church of Holt, Michigan.”
In 1955, land was purchased at the northwest corner of Holt and Aurelius Roads for sixteen thousand dollars. The church had been saving to build a new building since 1951. In 1963, the church broke ground on their new building and demolished their building that was built in 1900. The corner stone for the new building was laid in June 1963. The first services were held in March of 1964 and the building was dedicated in October 1964. The church building at Holt and Aurelius Roads still functions as the home of the First Presbyterian Church of Holt.
The church is celebrating their 150th anniversary in 2014-15. April 5, 2015 will mark 150 years since the establishment of the Presbyterian Church in Holt.
Holt Baptist Church began as a Bible study group organized in the fall of 1951 with the purpose of bringing God’s word to the Delhi Township community. One of the principal persons involved in starting this was Mrs. Olive Beck. After growing steadily for several months, land for the building of a church was donated by John Fay, Sr. at the corner of Holt Road and Auburn Avenue.
After fund-raising efforts, ground was broken for the church on October 18, 1952 with Rev. James Pasma pastoring. The first service was held in the basement in February 1953. The church was completed and dedicated August 22, 1954. In the summer of the same year the current parsonage was built.
After several years of growth a youth chapel/Sunday School wing was added in the summer of 1965. Growth continued and it was determined that a new sanctuary was needed. As before, a building program began and the current sanctuary building was added with much of the labor coming from the congregation. Dedication of the sanctuary took place April 28, 1968, with pastor Rev. Gordon Sanders.
After more than 60 years, Holt Baptist Church continues in the same location with many members of the Delhi Township community having attended over the years.