What we believe

What is a Presbyterian?

At First Presbyterian, we seek to travel the ancient roads for the modern pilgrim. We believe that true worship can be expressed through ancient and contemporary traditions equally. In light of this, we seek an Ancient-Future worship—worship that is deeply rooted in the orthodox, reformed, and Presbyterian tradition, while also desiring for it to be comprehensible and approachable to a modern audience.

We are a church centered on the Word of God: every prayer we pray, every song we sing, and every sermon that we preach is deeply rooted in the conviction that the Bible is our highest authority in faith and in life.

As we move through our liturgy, which is led by members of our congregation young and old, you will experience the historic roots of our faith, as well as the clarity for the modern worshipper.

Our worship is centered on one thing: the Glory of God Alone. That is the reality that shapes everything we do as a church. So join us this Sunday as we do just that: bring glory to God!

Our Mission

Our mission statement is a reflection of what we feel to be the essential call of the church. We believe that these three maxims accurately reflect the purpose of the Church, and we seek to live as God’s people in these ways.

Exalting Christ

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The person and work of Christ is central to the Christian faith. Therefore, it is our joy as believers to make the name of Christ known and rejoiced in by all.

Denying Ourselves

Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.

Christianity is about giving ourselves completely to the service of Jesus and His kingdom, trusting that obedience to Him is better and more life-giving than any earthly pursuit.

Loving Our Neighbors

We believe God clearly calls his church to love the city in which God has placed them.

Jeremiah 29:7 says, “…seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare

This mission for God’s people is to care for the whole person: physically, emotionally, and spiritually. As a church, we are committed to the proclamation of the gospel, seeking justice, and helping the poor and destitute.

Essentials of Our Faith

All Scripture is self-attesting and, being Truth, requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and unified witness to God’s redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. On this sure foundation we affirm these Essentials:

With our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as our guide, we will continually minister in unconditional love to all of God’s people in worship, fellowship, instruction, and service, allowing the Holy Spirit to empower us, while being ever mindful of “what Jesus would do.”

We believe the Bible is divinely inspired, and thus, God’s authoritative written word. The Bible is our sole standard from which we understand God’s truth, and is the rule of faith and how we should live.

We believe there is one true God, who exists in three persons in the mystery of the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

We believe that salvation is only by God’s merciful grace through faith in His Son. Knowing we are spiritually dead in our sin, we acknowledge all sinners are completely unable to save themselves. Therefore, it is only God in his sovereign power who brings those he has known from before time to saving faith. Nothing a person does merits this priceless gift from our heavenly Father.

We believe Jesus Christ is God’s eternally begotten Son, who in his perfect obedience and willingness to give his life for our sins on the cross, makes atonement for those sins, and reconciles those who believe in him with God. Faith in Christ is the only way to salvation and eternal life.

We believe the Holy Spirit is divinely sent to abide in God’s children and bring them to saving faith in our Lord and Savior. That same Spirit works within us to cultivate our reliance on Christ and, in love and thanksgiving for what he has done, obey what he commands.

We believe that even after mankind’s initial and continued disobedience, God, in His steadfast love, has repeatedly made covenants to bring His chosen back into relationship with Him. These covenants were to redeem, sanctify, and preserve those whom He has adopted as His children. Christ is the perfection and completion of this process, and is the new and final covenant with our loving Creator.

We believe God has not only called us into salvation through His Son, but into a life of service as exemplified by His Son as well. We are to boldly share the Good News of salvation by grace through faith in Christ Jesus. God’s merciful love in Christ compels us to display His kingdom to others in how we do justice, show mercy, and walk humbly with our God. The church seeks to be the hands and face of Christ to a world in need of redemption, forgiveness, and wholeness.

Our Church

Office Staff


  • Pending

Administrative Assistant

  • Michelle Bacon


  • Jan Fulton

Janitorial Service

  • Deloris Cruise

Director of Spiritual Care

  • Marcia Stout



  • Michelle Bacon

Class of 2024

  • Dan Price
  • Tom Britton

Class of 2025

  • Marcia Stout

Class of 2026

  • Carrie Diebler



  • Jan Fulton

Class of 2024

  • Barb Price
  • Tami Robinson
  • Sandy Britton

Class of 2025

  • Susan Irwin
  • Courtney Posey

Class of 2026

  • Pending

Committee Chairpersons

Administration & Finance

  • Tami Robinson

Building & Grounds

  • Al Fulton

Christian Education

  • Marcia Stout


  • Jan Fulton

Mission & Outreach

  • Deb Hablitzel

Worship & Arts

  • Marcia Stout

Organizational Leaders

Gamma Delta

  • Gennie Rios

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