“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.”
— 1 Corinthians 12:12

The Legacy of Presbyterian Missions

For over 200 years, Presbyterians have been responding to the call of Jesus Christ, taking the gospel into all the world and bearing witness to Christ’s saving love to the ends of the earth. Today the Holy Spirit is still on the move, calling us to share in what God is doing in the world.   The Presbyterian Mission Agency and the Outreach Foundation work faithfully to encourage, engage, and equip Presbyterians and global partners to do Christ's work, bringing congregations, worshiping communities, councils, and other parts of the church ecosystem into relationships as they nurture and shape disciples and serve Christ in the world.

At First Presbyterian, we focus on missions where our membership is involved or in support of missionary members of our church.

Our local mission focus:

The Vine - a faith-based, ecumenical counseling ministry dedicated to making counseling services available to everyone. Contact Anne Peters for more information.

Second Mile Preschool - is designed to serve 40 children, ages 3-5 years of age in a Christian environment. The goal is to provide developmentally appropriate activities in a safe and nurturing environment. Click here for more information on the Second Mile Preschool. Contact Karen Lastovic for more information.

 Churches United for People (CUP) - is a ministry headquartered at First United Methodist Church, along with volunteers from Church of the Nativity, Episcopal and First Presbyterian Church. The aim of CUP is to give people a hand and to help them access resources in the community – with an eye to helping them to a better place in life, not just through another month. Helping with utility bills and family health services are key ministry actions of CUP. Contact Pat Lummus for more information.

Good Samaritans - is a local grassroots ministry to the homeless and less fortunate people giving them hope for a better life. FPC support includes buying groceries, supplies and donating our leftover food for distribution to the homeless. Contact Anne Peters for more information.

Appalachian Service Project (ASP) - provides one of the most rewarding, structured service opportunities in the nation — bringing thousands of volunteers from around the country to rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families.  In 2015, 17,030 volunteers served with ASP, providing critical repairs for 642 families.  FPC sends a team of youth volunteers every summer.

Our Foreign Mission Focus:

Uganda - we regularly send a medical and support team to outlying areas of Northern Uganda in support of MedReach and Here's Life Africa.  Contact Anne Peters for more information.

Haiti - we regularly send teams of volunteers, many of them our youth, to support missionaries and relief efforts in Haiti.  Contact Bo Lundy for more information.

Through the Presbyterian Outreach Foundation, we have sent volunteers and pastors to Mozambique, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria in support of missionaries, building projects, and persecuted and displaced persons.

We provide financial support to Dickson Mission Aviation Fellowship, Marion Medical Mission, Alliance for International Reforestation, and the Strang Mission.