- 9:30 AM Summer Worship
Although we welcome and strongly encourage children of all ages to worship with their families, a professionally staffed nursery adjacent to the sanctuary is available for children 6 weeks-2nd grade during all services for parents who chose to utilize it. Some parents choose to utilize it following our Children’s Message.
- Rev. Dr. Ben Keller, Senior Pastor
- Nancy Smith, Commissioned Pastor for Care and Stephen Ministries
- Cindy Henderson, Youth Programs Coordinator
- Rev. Samantha Keller, Interim Director of Children’s Ministry
- Neal Figueroa, Director of Music
- Karen Brooks Rhea, Finances
- Roberta Ortiz, Church Secretary
- Ken Nolen, Maintenance Supervisor
- Ken Glaeser, Organist/Pianist
First Presbyterian Church is vibrant, active, and growing church empowered by the Holy Spirit. Our church’s mission In the Heart of the City- Healing, Hospitality, and Hope of Jesus We seek to be a place of hope and welcome for all those on a spiritual journey.
We’re proudly Presbyterian Church USA–so we welcome everyone. We’re not a group of perfect people but we strive to do a little better everyday.
We welcome all who enter our doors who want to know more about Jesus.
We welcome those with lots of faith and those with no faith.
We welcome those “on fire for Jesus” and those who’ve been burned by the church.
We’re a church that welcomes people on good days and bad days, on days when you faith is strong and days when it’s not.
Most of all, we welcome you… Just as you are. So come, grow with us!
So what do Presbyterians believe in general?
God – With all Christians everywhere, we believe God exists for all eternity in relationship with himself as a Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As those created in God’s image, we are called to live in relationships of love with God, neighbor, and the creation.
Jesus – With all Christians everywhere, we believe Jesus is fully human and fully God, two natures in one person, in order that through his life, death, resurrection, ascension and return Jesus can be and will be the bridge between God and humanity to forgive all our sin, heal all our brokenness and restore us to right relationship in Holy Communion with God, holy community with one another and holy compassion for the world.
The Holy Spirit – We believe that the Holy Spirit the author and perfector or the one who completes our faith through various spiritual gifts that we have been given to serve our community and beyond. We are a Spirit empowered congregation worshipping Jesus to glory of God the Father!
Salvation – With Christians sharing the protestant tradition, we believe salvation is by God’s grace alone which is received through faith alone and not by our own works. Our sole, unique authority in matters of faith and practice is Scripture alone. Finally, we believe in the priesthood of all believers (that there is no distinction in God’s eyes between clergy and laity and that all Christians have direct access to God through Jesus Christ).
Scripture – With Christians sharing the reformed tradition, we are the Church Reformed, always reforming according to the Word of God, which means that our life together is to be shaped/formed by Scripture and forever reformed by Scripture. As new challenges present themselves, we are always reforming. However, this reform is never merely what we want but always according to Scripture.
Discipleship – With Christians sharing the reformed tradition, we believe that God’s character is one of Majesty and Mystery, Sovereignty and Providence, Mercy and Justice. The Lord is God and thus able to create, sustain, rule and redeem. Therefore, we believe in election for salvation and for service; covenant life directed by the Word; faithful stewardship of all our gifts; and recognition of human depravity which calls us to work for justice in society.
Church – The Great Ends of the Church are: 1) the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind; 2) the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the people of God; 3) the maintenance of divine worship; 4) the preservation of the truth; 5) the promotion of social righteousness; 6) the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.
First Presbyterian Church of Pueblo was founded in 1870, when a young missionary from Iowa, Sheldon Jackson, found four pioneer Presbyterians in a village of 1,000 people on the banks of the Arkansas River. The first service was held on Feb. 27, 1870, in the community’s adobe courthouse.
Within a year, this tiny group had grown enough to have a Sunday school and too many worshipers to gather in homes. They began to meet in a schoolhouse, and eventually built a small church. Our current red sandstone building was built in 1890, with its steeple reaching 140 feet into the clear Colorado sky. A brick education wing was added in the 1920s, one of several transformation the building has undergone to meet changing conditions over the years.
The church was added to the Colorado Historic Register in 2007 and we are currently restoring the aging sandstone exterior and working to maintain the priceless Tiffany stained glass windows in our sanctuary.
We are proud of our building’s history, but equally proud that is used by nearly two dozen community groups in addition to being the home of the church’s mission work in our community and around the world.
We are an active and vibrant congregation, actively engaged in joyful worship, Bible study, and serving the community. We embrace the challenges of keeping our historic building and historic faith bright and welcoming for present and future generations. As we approach our 150th birthday, we still offer hope, healing and hospitality in the heart of the city.
We have occasional opportunities throughout the year to learn more about membership. Our class is held on Sunday afternoons, dinner is included and childcare is available upon request. Check with our staff for upcoming dates.
Presbyterian Church USA organization and leadership
There are three “authoritative” books in the Presbyterian Church, in order of importance, are: the Bible, The Book of Confessions and The Book of Order.
- The Bible is the unique revelation and witness to Jesus Christ. While other books and human knowledge – art, science, philosophy, etc. – can and do provide us with an understanding of truths that are helpful, interesting and beneficial, only Scripture bears full witness to God’s saving work in Jesus Christ.
- The Book of Confessions consists of 11 writings – confessions of faith and catechisms – from the early church, reformation and modern eras. Each confession or catechism seeks to describe what we believe and are called to do. http://www.pcusa.org/resource/book-of-confessions/
- The Book of Order describes what is known as our polity. Polity is merely the rules governing how churches function. Presbyterian polity divides the church into four governing councils that approximate secular government: http://store.pcusa.org/OGA11010
Fun Fact #1: Did you know that the United States government was patterned after Presbyterian polity? Yes! And the only clergy to sign the Declaration of Independence was a Presbyterian, John Witherspoon!
Fun Fact #2: Did you know that presidents Lincoln and Eisenhower were both Presbyterian? There is still “the Lincoln pew” in the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C. and “the Eisenhower pulpit” in the Corona Presbyterian Church in Denver!
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