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 blueprint on how we should live our lives. We strongly believe that if we follow the Word that we will grow stronger as a community, and close to God. We rely heavily on what the Bible says so that we may not stray away from the path that God has set before us.


Wayside's Outreach Committee develops programs that bring fellowship to our community and to our members, and which address the diverse needs of those within and outside our congregation throughout the year.



As long as we love one another we will grow stronger as a community of believers. We promote a sense of family and fellowship within the Wayside congregation as well as encourage the integration of visitors and new members into the life and work of the church.


We feel strongly that actively engaging in fellowship activities, leadership and spiritual groups, and helping others to interpret His word is important to the spiritual and congregational growth of Wayside.  

faith, friendship, fellowship


Rev. Dr. Steve Fritz



Lynn Rising

Administrative Secretary


Sonja Eckert

Director of Children's Ministry


Rachel Holsey

Youth Coordinator


Janelle Pabon

Music Director



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.