First Pres has long been a mission-focused church.
Our congregation has a huge heart for sharing the love of God throughout the world.
First Pres supports 29 mission partners — local and international organizations that work to bring healing to the world. Our annual budget includes more than $290,000 in contributions to our mission partners. By providing financial support, volunteer resources, and other means of assistance to these valued partners, we seek to respond to Christ’s call to be faithful disciples, sharing our gifts with those most in need.
Since 2013, we have focused our mission activity in four key areas we call JPOW — justice, peace, oppression, and women. This focus recognizes that women and girls disproportionately bear the consequences of war, violence, educational disparities, trafficking, and oppression of every kind. Most of the mission partners we support are dedicated to one or more of the JPOW focus areas.
First Pres also has a rich history of sending mission teams into the world to put our faith into action. Recent mission trip teams visited our mission partner Project Mercy in Ethiopia in 2019 and built a new parsonage for a university church in Lampang, Thailand, in 2020. Each year, Youth and University Ministries also send teams abroad to learn and serve. These trips give us the opportunity to see Christ at work through our partners around the world.
Of course, Christian service begins at home, and every year hundreds of First Pres members and friends devote time to volunteering on behalf of the church and in support of our local partners. We invite you to learn about all the volunteer opportunities available at First Pres, and see where your gifts and talents may be best put to use.