To learn about the programs, activities and events planned in the weeks ahead, visit the Now@First page, which updates every Monday morning with the big event of the week, signups for various events, newsletters for various program areas, news and announcements and a link to the latest issue of our quarterly magazine, Tapestry.
My husband and I joined First Presbyterian Church more than 30 years ago and raised three children here. I grew up in Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky…suffice it to say I bleed a different shade of blue than most people around here!
After many years in corporate America, I founded a web design company in 2007. I sold the company in 2016 and started working for the church soon after. I am fortunate to have a job where I get to meet so many thoughtful, curious people who have chosen to visit our church.
Outside of church and family, I try to be an oil painter and tennis player…in both areas, I’m a work in progress.
Want to explore what God is doing in the heart of Charlotte? We hope you’ll start by visiting First Presbyterian Church. All are welcome here as we grow into a diverse urban faith community.
Almost 200 years ago, the small town of Charlotte set aside this city block as a spiritual front porch for its residents. That town has grown into a major city. Our urban neighborhood changes continuously and First Presbyterian responds to those changes as agents of God’s love, compassion and grace. We believe that makes First Pres an exciting place to live out our faith.
We hope you’ll visit us. Our church at the corner of Trade and Church streets may look imposing, but our doors are open wide, no matter where you are on your faith journey. Visit any time. Or join us on Sunday mornings for First, Coffee in Wood Fellowship Hall. Drop in anytime between 9:45 and 11 a.m. for this casual, low-key time to meet others, ask questions and learn more about First Presbyterian. We look forward to sharing coffee and getting to know you.
– The Reverend Pen Peery, Senior Pastor
Directions & Parking
First Presbyterian Church is centrally located at the corner of Trade and Church streets in center city Charlotte, one block off the Square at Trade and Tryon Streets. Free parking is available Sunday mornings and during all church events. Our lot is at the corner of Trade and Poplar streets. Please enter the lot on Poplar Street, directly across the street from the church.
Parking for those with disabilities is also available on the drive in front of our sanctuary, with an entrance from Church Street.
From the shaded lawn that serves as a park where city residents and workers can enjoy lunches at one of our picnic tables or drop by our playground with their children, you’ll see three buildings. The center building is our historic sanctuary. You are welcome to enter there for worship on Sundays.
Or you may want to join us at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings for coffee, fellowship and information about other activities at the church. If so, follow the brick courtyard to the left of the sanctuary building to Wood Fellowship Hall.
During the week, you can follow that brick courtyard to our reception area, where you can enter and receive directions to all other areas of the church.
All are welcome to attend services and participate in classes and events at First Presbyterian Church. Please visit on Sunday mornings or for Wednesday Worship at noon on the first Wednesday of each month often as you can.
Few things are limited to only members: getting married in the church, having a child baptized and serving as a deacon or elder. Other activities you see here on the website are open to everyone.
Becoming a member represents a commitment to FPC and our congregation, as well as our commitment to walk with you. Church membership brings you into a closer relationship with the church and its members. If you’d like to talk with someone about what membership means here at First Presbyterian, please contact Lucy Caldwell, our Membership Development Coordinator.
Want to talk with somebody? Email Lucy Caldwell, Membership Development Coordinator, or call her at 704.927.0241. Lucy can answer your questions or put you in touch with the right person no matter what you want to know or discuss.
Also, if you want to know more about joining our congregation, Lucy will walk you through that process.