At First Presbyterian, our goal is to walk with our members throughout their entire lives. As we baptize infants, we promise to surround their parents with loving care as they raise their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord to be active participants in our community of faith. As children grow, we offer that love and support through a variety of ministries. We joyfully celebrate their graduations, Eagle Scout awards, weddings, and the birth and baptism of their own children. Throughout our members' professional lives, we offer a variety of opportunities for Christian education, fellowship and fun, and, when they retire, we are there for them as well. We take very seriously our calling to be there for each of our members in every stage of their lives - just like a family. Because that is what we are. 


The Pastoral Care Committee consists of trained volunteers who visit shut-ins and those in our worshiping community with special needs. The Committee meets monthly to receive assignments. E-mail our minister of visitation, Pastor John Stanley, to request pastoral care or training to assist with this ministry.


The Board of Deacons and the Congregational Care Committee celebrate members' birthdays, anniversaries and other life events through personal telephone calls, electronic messages, cards and notes.


Stephen Ministers are trained lay caregivers who provide one-to-one Christian care to members who are bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others who face a crisis or life challenge. Stephen Ministers assist the pastors in providing a personal quality caring ministry as long as needed or wanted.

E-mail Pastor John Stanley to request a Stephen Minister or inquire about training to serve. Click to learn more about Stephen Ministries.


Providing support to bereaved families after the death of a child. Meets 7:00 p.m., first Tuesday of each month in the Church Parlor


First Presbyterian's Parish Nurse Ministry began in 2008 in partnership with Gastonia's First United Methodist Church and the Duke Endowment. Lisa Marisidaiah, Parish Nurse is available to members and friends of our worshiping community to discuss health issues, provide informational resources and hospital, extended care facility, rehabilition or home visits. Email our parish nurse for more information!


Presbyterian Samaritan Center provides pastoral counseling, psychotherapy and clinical assessment for individuals, couples and families. First Presbyterian financially supports the organization and provides a satellite office location to encourage a broader availability of services. The main office is located at Sharon Presbyterian Church, 5203 Sharon Road, Charlotte. All appointments are scheduled through the main Charlotte office (704.554.9900).

Click to learn more about Presbyterian Psychological Services.