About First Presbyterian

First Presbyterian is a center city church that strives to be an inclusive, urban family of faith. Though we are a large congregation of 2,000 members, we offer many opportunities to connect, making our large church feel small and intimate.

First Presbyterian Church is part of the Presbyterian Church (USA) which is a part of the Reformed tradition and is the largest Presbyterian denomination in the US.

Contemplative Worship


The contemplative service is unique each week. It may incorporate elements of silence, reflective prayer, music, and/or meditation, and communion will be served each week.

Traditional Worship


Our traditional service lasts right around one hour each week and includes prayer, hymns, scripture reading, and a sermon. 

Sermon Archive

We provide the audio, video, bulletin, and transcript for most sermons. Watch (or rewatch!) a past service at any time that's convenient for you. 

2022 Annual Report

The annual report is designed to tell the story of where we’ve been as a church over the past year, and give a glimpse of where God is calling us next.


We believe two historically Presbyterian affirmations, found in our Presbyterian Book of Order:

“In the name of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Christian community worships and serves God in shared experiences of life, in personal discipleship, in mutual ministry, and in common ministry in the world.”

“The Church is called to be a sign in and for the world of the new reality which God has made available to people in Jesus Christ.”

Our History

First Presbyterian has a rich history that dates back to 1821, when the small town of Charlotte set aside a plot of land for the creation of a town church. Since then, First Presbyterian has grown along with the city, embracing change by leading important community conversations and living into our calling to be an urban, center city church.

If you have questions about your history book order, please email Jean at jeanmcochrane@gmail.com.

Our Vision

Because our community of faith is made up of a great tapestry of unique and inevitably flawed humans, we know that we will never quite achieve the vision we’ve been given. But here is the vision First Presbyterian Church strives to be and to become.

We are a family of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, seeking to understand and follow His teachings.

We bring our diverse social, political, and theological perspectives to be woven together in community.

We seek to glorify Christ in the heart of Charlotte through our worship, fellowship, witness, and service.

We welcome all to join us in our journey of faith, trusting God to change us, our community, and our world.

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