Presbyterians trace our roots to the Protestant Reformation of 16th century Europe. As “People of the Book”, we hold the Word of God contained in the Holy Bible to be authoritative, and draw from our Book of Confessions and Book of Order (together forming the denomination’s constitution) in discernment, teaching, and governance under the leadership of elders or “presbyters”.


Wayside is committed to being a strong community of faith, committed to knowing Christ and making Him known ... where God is glorified through Growth of our Congregation, Care of the Souls entrusted to us and Service to our neighbors. A church solidly within the Reformed tradition, Wayside seeks to respond to community needs and changing culure, while stressing the grace and sovereignty of God in Jesus Christ and the importance of love and service among God’s people.




Our Core Values in a W.O.R.D.


Word of God

The Bible is the unique and authoritative witness to the Word of God. We discern God's will through prayer, study and application of the scriptures.


Wayside addresses the diverse needs of those within and outside our congregation . We serve the community through two major seasonal events, including Waystock and Trunk 'n Treat.



Wayside connects with children of God at all ages and stages of faith. We promote a sense of family and fellowship within Wayside as well as encourage the integration of visitors and new members into the life and work of the church.


Wayside seeks to develop diverse children and adults to follow Jesus through Bible studies, worship, small groups and Christian Formation activities. 

faith, friendship, fellowship


Rev. Dr. Steve Fritz



Brynn Libor

Executive Administrative Assistant


Janelle Pabon
Music Director


Sonja Eckert
Director of Family Ministry


Rachel Holsey
Youth Coordinator


Michelle Hess
Nursery Coordinator



Wayside Church was initiated in the early 1980’s by lay people who wanted a part in sharing the love of God in the rapidly growing area of “the Hempfields” – northwest of the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania – through a Presbyterian mission.

Organized on June 2, 1985 by Donegal Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the congregation sought out suitable property and soon built its first-phase facility on eight open acres of beautiful Lancaster County countryside in the village of Landisville.

With growth of the congregation came the second phase of building in 2005 – a multiuse sunlit Atrium, larger kitchen, spacious nursery, and a new classroom wing. Wide lawns give way to a ball diamond used by the church softball team and other community organizations.

Plans for the future include a permanent sanctuary. Fully accessible and tastefully decorated, our single story facility reflects the fresh and bright spirit of the people.