Welcome to First Presbyterian Church!  Located in Greenwood, South Carolina, First Presbyterian is a Presbyterian (USA) congregation that takes seriously Jesus’ call to “follow him”!  We are an authentic community of faith that includes Christians of every age and status who are trying, each day, to train our heads, hearts and hands to serve Christ.  We are serious about:


  1. Training our heads in Discipleship through the study of Scripture:
    1. Sunday morning and Wednesday evening classes,
    2. Disciple Bible Study Groups,
    3. Small group studies ongoing.
  2. Training our hearts in Discipleship through worship and learning the skills and disciplines of daily Christian living:
    1. Sunday Worship at 9:00am and 11:00am,
    2. Festiva services,
    3. Multiple choirs,
  3. Training our hands in Discipleship by serving our congregation, our community and our world:
    1. Feeding the Hungry throughout Greenwood
    2. Working partnerships with our local Elementary and High School
    3. Real relationships with 8 Christian Missionaries all over the globe
    4. Regular mission trips for youth and adults across the southeast to respond to the needs of communities affected by disasters.

We are not a perfect group of Disciples, but believe that living in authentic community in the service of Christ is where real life and joy are found!  Come and worship with us on Sunday morning!  Come and join us as we follow Christ!

Statement of Faith

In life and in death we belong to God. 


Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
the love of God, 
and the communion of the Holy Spirit, 
we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, 
whom alone we worship and serve.


We trust in Jesus Christ,
Fully human, fully God. 
Jesus proclaimed the reign of God: 
preaching good news to the poor 
and release to the captives, 
teaching by word and deed 
and blessing the children, 
healing the sick 
and binding up the brokenhearted, 
eating with outcasts, 
forgiving sinners, 
and calling all to repent and believe the gospel. 
Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition, 
Jesus was crucified, 
suffering the depths of human pain 
and giving his life for the sins of the world. 
God raised this Jesus from the dead, 
vindicating his sinless life, 
breaking the power of sin and evil, 
delivering us from death to life eternal.


We trust in God, 
whom Jesus called Abba, Father. 
In sovereign love God created the world good 
and makes everyone equally in God’s image 
male and female, of every race and people,
to live as one community. 
But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator. 
Ignoring God’s commandments, 
we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, 
accept lies as truth, 
exploit neighbor and nature, 
and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. 
We deserve God’s condemnation. 
Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation. 
In everlasting love, 
the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people 
to bless all families of the earth. 
Hearing their cry, 
God delivered the children of Israel 
from the house of bondage. 
Loving us still, 
God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. 
Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, 
like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, 
God is faithful still.


We trust in God the Holy Spirit,
everywhere the giver and renewer of life. 
The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, 
sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, 
and binds us together with all believers 
in the one body of Christ, the Church. 
The same Spirit 
who inspired the prophets and apostles 
rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, 
engages us through the Word proclaimed, 
claims us in the waters of baptism, 
feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, 
and calls women and men to all ministries of the church. 
In a broken and fearful world 
the Spirit gives us courage 
to pray without ceasing, 
to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, 
to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, 
to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, 
and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace. 
In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit,
we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks 
and to live holy and joyful lives, 
even as we watch for God's new heaven and new earth, 
praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”


With believers in every time and place, 
we rejoice that nothing in life or in death 
can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Presbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. Our heritage, and much of what we believe, began with the French lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking that came before him.

Calvin did much of his writing from Geneva, Switzerland. From there, the Reformed movement spread to other parts of Europe and the British Isles. Many of the early Presbyterians in America came from England, Scotland and Ireland. The first American Presbytery was organized in Philadelphia in 1706. The first General Assembly was held in the same city in 1789. The first Assembly was convened by the Rev. John Witherspoon, the only minister to sign the Declaration of Independence.


Who are we Presbyterians?

Questions have been raised about the position of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in comparison to other Reformed bodies. It is always helpful to compare parallel categories.  Sometimes the official positions of one body are compared with a characterization of the other body.  Here are some resources to help anyone to know and understand the actual positions of the PC(USA).


A little Presbyterian history

Portions of the Presbyterian church in the United States have separated from the main body, and some parts have reunited, several times. The greatest division occurred in 1861 during the American Civil War. The two branches created by that division were reunited in 1983 to form the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), currently the largest Presbyterian group in this country.


Presbyterian theological beliefs

Some of the principles articulated by John Calvin remain at the core of Presbyterian beliefs. Among these are the sovereignty of God, the authority of the scripture, justification by grace through faith and the priesthood of all believers. What they mean is that God is the supreme authority throughout the universe. Our knowledge of God and God's purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed in the New Testament through the life of Jesus Christ. Our salvation (justification) through Jesus is God's generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments. It is everyone's job — ministers and lay people alike — to share this Good News with the whole world. That is also why the Presbyterian Church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike.


Our position on social issues

In the 1958 Statement of the PCUA, p. 537: The General Assembly:

Affirms its conviction that neither the Church as the body of Christ, nor Christians as individuals, can be neutral or indifferent toward evil in the world;

Affirms its responsibility to speak on social and moral issues for the encouragement and instruction of the Church and its members, seeking earnestly both to know the mind of Christ and to speak always in humility and love;

Reminds the churches that their duty is not only to encourage and train their members in daily obedience to God's will, but corporately to reveal God's grace in places of suffering and need, to resist the forces that tyrannize, and to support the forces that restore the dignity of all men as the children of God, for only so is the gospel most fully proclaimed.


What is distinctive about Presbyterian Church?

Presbyterians are distinctive in two major ways: they adhere to a pattern of religious thought known as Reformed theology and a form of government that stresses the active, representational leadership of both ministers and church members.