We are a community of faith within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). As Presbyterians we are a part of the Reformed tradition which began with the faith of the Old Testament, moving into the formation of the Christian church some 2ooo years later. After the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century, the Church of Scotland emerged, which developed into Presbyterianism. Our traditions are linked to notable “Reformers” including Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Knox.
Presbyterians are guided by the Holy Scriptures, and the writings of the early Reformers that applied biblical principles to the life of the church. Presbyterians are also guided by a collection of historic confessions stretching from the 16th century right up to modern times.
Our Confession, “A Brief Statement of Faith” (1983), speaks of us in this way:
Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve. In sovereign love God created the world and makes everyone equal in God’s image male and female, of every race and people, to live as one community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our creator. Ignoring God’s commandments, we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, and exploit neighbor and nature. We deserve condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ, not forsaking his children, and running to welcome us home. With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
A beacon of hope and faith
for the Brunswick community.
But it’s not just our physical spaces that make us who we are. It’s our people – the members and visitors who come together to worship, learn, and serve. We welcome all with open arms, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey. Our goal is to create a safe and inclusive environment where everyone can feel supported and loved. So, whether you’re seeking a place to worship, a community to connect with, or a way to serve others, we invite you to join us at First Presbyterian Church. Together, we can continue to grow in faith and make a positive impact on the world around us.
Together, we can continue to grow in faith and make a positive impact on the world around us.
Pastor Jimmy, a native of South Carolina, grew up in the Presbyterian Church and was confirmed at age 12. During his formative years his family insured the development of strong roots in his faith, eventually leading to God’s call to ministry. As an adult his life’s journey and explorations, guided by God’s grace, also found him in the Baptist and Episcopal traditions. Through this the Spirit has developed in him a rich tapestry for mission and a heart for those still “seeking”. His leadership experiences along the way have included church and para-church Youth Ministry, Camp and Conference Center Ministry, College Ministry, and Pulpit Supply. After obtaining a Ph.D and completing a 15 year career in full-time University teaching he went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Mission and Discipleship from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (PCUSA). His passions include time with family, and time pursuing outdoor adventures.
Bob Baker has been Director of Music and Associate Organist at First Presbyterian Church since June of 1999. He spent his early years in Lisbon, Ohio, where he graduated from David Anderson High School. He received a B.S. from Maryville College with a major in mathematics, as well as instruction in music as a member of the college’s Vesper Choir. For several years, Bob directed the Senior High Chorus at Second Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee. After receiving an advanced degree from the University of Chattanooga, he attended the University of Chicago as a Kellogg Fellow. While living in Nebraska, he completed the requirements for a Certificate in Church Organ from the School of Music, University of Nebraska. Bob served several years as a board member of the Nebraska Chapter of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. Since 1968 he has directed church adult and handbell choirs in Illinois, Nebraska and Georgia.
Jill became the Office Manager at First Presbyterian Church in June of 2019. She lives in Windsor Park in the historic district of Brunswick. She enjoys interacting with church members and the creative parts of her job at First Presbyterian Church. She works in the morning at the church and as a Realtor the rest of the time. Caroline, her mother, lives with her. Jill is involved in 2 animal rescue groups, Coastal Animal Rescue Society and No Kill Glynn County and is on the Land Bank Authority for the City of Brunswick.
The Session of First Presbyterian Church:
The members of the Session are called ruling elders and are elected by the congregation and ordained to ministry. The members of the Session make decisions for the running of the local church and serve as spiritual leaders of the congregation. Each member of the Session has an area of responsibility. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out.
Welcome to First Presbyterian Church – a home for all those seeking a spiritual connection and a community of like-minded individuals. For over 150 years, our church has been a beacon of hope and faith for the Brunswick community. It all began in February 1867, when fifteen faithful individuals came together to organize the First Presbyterian Church. With God’s Spirit leading the way, these dedicated people worshiped in borrowed spaces, including the Methodist and Baptist Churches and the Old City Hall. But their faith never wavered, and after six years of meeting in these temporary locations, they built and dedicated our beautiful sanctuary in December of 1873. From there, our church continued to grow, both in numbers and in spirit. We added an annex to the Sanctuary in 1914 and an Education Building in the 1950s. Our chancel was also expanded, allowing us to better serve our congregation and community.
We Are Proud to Offer our Fellowship Hall to All
To inquire about reserving or using our fellowship hall, please contact us.