ABOUT US

The First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood has long been a powerful force for Christ, inspiring
and graceful. With our deep heritage of Leadership and Witness, we are ready for all new
opportunities and challenges. Recently, we have committed ourselves to a renewed mission:


Our Vision:

TO BE A BEACON THAT ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO LIVE WITH HOPE, CONFIDENCE AND PEACE THROUGH THE SAVING GRACE AND LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST

Mission Statement:

Through leadership within our community we seek to attract, welcome, and nurture individuals and families who are seeking God and to help them grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. This mission will be accomplished through robust worship, discipleship, outreach and education supported by activities/programs, volunteers, staffing and facilities.



WHY WE EXIST

We exist for three main reasons that feel very strongly about. We believe that focusing on these three things is what God calls for us to do. We trust in the Lord and follow his will. 


FOCUS ON THE WORD

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.

FOCUS ON GOD

As long as we keep our focus on God we can not stray. God has set forth a path for us to follow. He has a very specific set of plans that he wants us to follow, and it is our mission to follow His instructions as closely as possible. We understand that we all fall short of the glory of God. We pray and work everyday to do our very best.

FOCUS ON EACH OTHER

As long as we love one another we will grow stronger as a community of believers. We feel that engaging in fellowship is a very important tool that God calls for us to do as often as possible. If we continue to reach the lost and broken, and extend grace, God will bless us for our efforts.


SHARING THE LOVE OF CHRIST ONE RELATIONSHIP AT A TIME


OUR TEAM

Kyle Hite

Reverend Doctor Kyle Hite serves as the Senior Pastor of our Church. Kyle has a passion for making complex truths simple. He is a pastor, and father of two teenage boys. He ministers with humor and preaches in such a way that people can understand and apply God’s Word to their everyday lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Brad Christie

Reverand Doctor Brad Christie serves as the Director of Adult Education at our Church. As a professor at Eskine College, he is a dedicated teacher with a gentle heart and a gift for sharing the word of Christ. He also coordinates the Stephen Ministry. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Steve Skinner

Steve Skinner, MM, serves as head coach for the music ensembles. Steve assists in offering songs for congregational worship (Hymns, Psalms and Spiritual Songs) that correspond to the seasons (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Ascension, etc.) and the sermon topic. Preparing the choirs to lead in worship is part of his joy, another is helping individuals to “find their voice” (everyone has one!) through choir training or individual attention. Steve’s utmost desire is that worshippers apprehend that their Heavenly Father LOVES to hear them sing—and that we all experience the joy of worshipping together!


Elise Collins

Elise Collins is a graduate of Wofford College and Vanderbilt University, where she earned her M. A. in Religion. She is a double PK (preacher’s kid) and MK (missionary kid), and volunteered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for 6 months after college. Amazed that she gets to call FPC her church family and work home, Elise is grateful to be the wife of Christopher and mom to Dawsey, Emma, and Lily. In her free time, you’ll find her curled up with a good book and her dog.

 

 

 

 


Bob Glick

Robert Glick is a retired college and seminary professor who has served as organist at First Presbyterian since 1990. A native of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, he currently lives in Greenville, SC, where can be found teaching English as a Second Language classes, singing with the South Carolina Bach Choir, and engaging in other professional musical opportunities. He is an avid traveler, Civil War buff, and Swamp Rabbit Trail bike rider, and is always ready to explore virtually any restaurant anywhere.


Brian Pinson

Brian is a graduate of the Citadel. He is married to Sarah and has three beautiful children. He serves as the Interim Youth Director.

 

 


Preston Goforth

Preston is a Graduate of Lander University. He serves as the assistant youth director.


Kim Masters

Director of Noah's Ark Preschool

 

 

 

 

 

Lea Jones

I started working here in the fall of 2007 and have been blessed to actually love my job.  My husband, Rees, and I have been married for 30 years and we have 3 sons.   My hobbies include spending time with my family, cooking, reading, college football (particularly University of Georgia), and travel.


Nan Smith

Nan Young Smith  has served as the Financial Administrator for the church since 2015. She is responsible for the accounting and payroll, weekly deposits and disbursements, and periodic financial reports. Nan was born and raised in Greenwood and is the proud mother of three boys.


Al Mitchell

Building Superintendent

 

 

 

 

 

 


Vince Plotczyk

Custodian

 

 

 

 

 

 


OUR HISTORY


1838

  • Sunday School Began Meeting in Downtown Greenwood

  • Know as "The Chapel"

  • Met in the Presbyterian High School Building 

1883

  • Formed Greenwood Presbyterian Church

  • Started with a humble group of just 59 people

  • Sanctuary built in 1899

1958

  • Construction of New Sanctuary

  • Van Bergen Bell Installed in Tower

  • Old Sanctuary converted into Alexander Fellowship Hall