Visiting First Presbyterian...

Our Mission

Following the Word with Christ's heart
into the world with open arms
spreading the Good News.

Our Vision

To be a church where engagement with God's Word shapes us into faithful and committed disciples of Jesus Christ. We joyfully unite in worship so that we will go into the world urgently with the Good News in transformational and sacrificial ways inviting others to follow Christ.

Our Core Beliefs and Values

We believe...
  • that God transforms people and communities in ways sufficient to fulfill His will.
  • that we are called to share the Good News of God's love in Jesus Christ.
  • that we are disciples of Jesus Christ called to service, and our mission is to equip our congregation for Christ's sending into the world.
  • that all we have is God's gift for our responsible use in service to God.
  • that God's Spirit knits us together as a community of faith for worship, shelter, and nurture empowering us for God's service in the world.
  • that we are guided by scripture, nurtured by prayer and called to lead others into the responsible freedom of the new life in Christ.
  • that all things are possible through the One who strengthens us, and that the future is bright if we are faithful to God's good purposes.

Joining First Presbyterian ChurchNew Member/Inquirer Classes

There are three ways to join First Presbyterian:
  • Transfer of Letter from another church
  • Reaffirmation of Faith
  • Profession of Faith
Please contact one of our ministers or Trip Stewart, Director of Membership Development (Extension 109), if you wish to join our worshiping community, attend our next New Member/Inquirer's Class offering or require additional information.

A Greeting from Dr. Frye

As senior minister of Gastonia's First Presbyterian, I'd like to welcome you to our website and encourage you to explore as you wish or need. We are delighted to have your interest and would like to extend our invitation for you to visit us for worship or other on-going activities of outreach, fellowship and education. Also, we would love to have you call to speak with any of the pertinent staff should you have questions with which we may assist you.

First Presbyterian Church has been ministering to the needs of the Gastonia community and the world since its founding in 1882 through worship, education outreach, and fellowship. The worshiping community provides wonderful opportunities for leadership and participation for those seeking to be joined to Christ's work in the world.

Please contact us if you have interest in attending a New Member/Inquirer's Class or if we may be of service to you. Thank you for visiting our website!

May God bless and keep you in every way.

Grace and Peace,

Dr. John L. Frye, Jr.
Senior Minister

Visitor Information

Please plan to visit First Presbyterian soon. We hope you will find your visit to be a welcoming experience from being greeted to knowing your child is being nurtured during the Sunday School hour and Worship Service to enjoying the fellowship of our worshiping community and the warmth of our ministers.


Visitors are encouraged to utilize the visitors' parking spaces along Garrison Boulevard.