Month: July 2019

July 31, 2019

Friends, meet our new Associate Pastor for Christian Formation and Young Adults, the Reverend Robert Lord Galloway.

You can read more about Robert, including his background, his Statement of Faith and what members of the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee say about him.

Shantiqua Neely
Sherry Olson

Many of you will remember Robert from some years ago, when he was with us as a young adult member. Others will have the pleasure of getting to know him as he comes the newest member of the clergy here at First Presbyterian. Robert’s ministry experience at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh makes him a wonderful fit for our congregation.

Robert arrived on August 5, which marks an exciting time in our ministry here in the heart of Charlotte. He joins our new Director of Outreach and Mission, Shantiqua Neely, who has been with us since early July, and Sherry Olson, our new Parish Nurse. I hope you’ll meet, welcome and get to know them all soon. It is also the end of our time with the Reverend Rebecca Davis, a part-time, interim Parish Associate who assisted with Worship and Formation during the past year. The Reverend Mary Margaret Porter, who joined us about the same time Rebecca came on board, will continue in her role as Parish Associate for Fellowship.

We look forward to the new program year that begins on Sunday, September 8.
-The Reverend Pen Peery
July 29, 2019

Elementary school children are invited to bring their backpacks to worship on August 25 to  be blessed for the upcoming school year.

Also during worship, we will have a supply drive for the weekend food bags that we provide for children at Westerly Hills Academy. Our bags include Chef Boyardee cups, fruit snacks, chewy granola bars (nut free), goldfish packs, popcorn, pudding and cereal.

God’s people have always lived in times of change and today is no exception. As our country heads into another major election season, we will hear and read about how those who want our votes are prepared to embrace the change that will be a part of our future. In August, the Reverend Pen Peery will spend three Sundays preaching from the book of Acts about the way the first followers of Jesus who made up the church embraced the changes in their world.

  • August 11: Community: Out of Many, One, Acts 2:1-13
  • August 18:  Faith: A Marketplace of Ideas, Acts 17:22-31
  • August 25:  Economics: Economies of Scale, Acts 4:32-37

On August 4, the Reverend Katherine Kerr will preach on the subject Above and Below.

July 11, 2019

The Session has voted to work with a real estate agent in Asheville to sell the Summey House, property owned by the church at 336 Texas Road in Montreat. The church recently received a below-market offer for the property, which was once considered as a spot for building a lodge the church could use for various activities and events. However, that plan was suspended when it was learned that it would violate zoning regulations related to parking. If a credible offer for the property is received, this would need to come to the congregation for approval.

July 2, 2019

All middle school youth are welcome to join us on August 12 for the final local service project of the summer. We will work with various partners in mission. The times depend on the day’s project. If you have questions, contact Bryce Lapping.

Join Bryce and Tristan for the second Middle School Recreation Day of the summer at an Escape Room on July 15! We will head to Exit Strategy for a quick hour of mystery and fun, and follow up with lunch afterwards. Registration cost will be $25 to cover the cost of a room and lunch. Registration closes July 8. Plan to meet at FPC at 10 a.m. Afternoon pickup and pickup between 4:30 – 5 p.m. Email either Bryce Lapping or Tristan Wall  with any questions

First Church Leader Orientation

Join us on August 25 at noon for First Church Leader Orientation.


First Church and Elementary Teacher Orientation

Join us on August 25 at 9 a.m.

Are you looking to serve others in the world? Here is our list of global mission trips for 2019-20

  • Mexico/March 2020: Contact Martha Eubank (
  • Haiti/Fall 2019 and February 2020: Contact Chuck Williamson (
  • Russia/Summer 2020: Begin making plans now to go on this mission trip to Russia to continue our support of the ministry of Hope Baptist Church in Ryazan. Contact Mary Elizabeth Coley (
  • Intra-National Mission/Fall 2019: Each year we send a mission team to an area in the U.S. that is recovering from a natural disaster. Contact David Burton (