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vision and mission

Vision: Disciples Making a Difference


Making disciples of Jesus Christ by 

Embracing all people, 

Engaging all neighborhoods, 

Empowering lives, and

Encouraging each other.


What We Believe

We are Christians. We worship One God in Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is fully human and fully divine. His life, death, and resurrection saves us from sin and death. 

We are Protestant Christians. We believe that God saves us from sin and death by grace alone, and not because of any good deeds we do. We receive God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and the final authority for what we should believe and how we should live. 

We are Reformed Christians. Our congregation is led by an ordained Minister of the Word and Sacrament/Teaching Elder and laity ordained Ruling Elders. We strive to be good stewards of God's gifts by living generously. We seek justice for all, peace between nations, and the transformation of society.

We belong to the Presbyterian Church (USA), the largest Presbyterian denomination in the country. We believe that God calls people regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity to all ministries in the church, including ordained ministry.

Meet Our Pastor and Office Staff

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Rev. Kati Collins
Head of Staff

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Noreen McNelis Office Coordinator

Audra West
 Director of Christian Education

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Fran Muench Financial Coordinator

First Presbyterian FAQ

Answers to your questions about location, parking, child care, membership, and more.

Congregational Goals

In 2019 our Session (board of elders) identified these five goals to strive for.

Caring for Creation

First Presbyterian is a certified Earth Care Congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

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H2O'C Engineering installing high efficiency LED lights.

First Presbyterian Church was a 2020 winner of the Mayor's Climate Protection Awards.

Our Partner Congregation

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First  Korean Presbyterian Church

of Columbia

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