"All nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name."  

— PSALM 86:9 (ESV)

Who We Are

First Presbyterian World Missions


Missions has been a driving force in the life of First Presbyterian Church since its beginning. The church was organized by two missionaries to the Cherokee Indians at the Brainerd Mission before the Indian removal in 1838. On June 21, 1840, the small congregation gathered for its first regular service and designated the offering for foreign missionary support.


Since that time, the Lord has used the congregation of First Presbyterian Church to bless the nations and advance His Kingdom around the world. Yet—the mission continues.


People are longing as never before for meaning, hope, and a reason to live while Jesus looks for those of us who will answer His call to join the mission of gathering His church from every people group, every language, every tribe, and every nation.



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Vision and Mission


Vision Statement
Our vision is to see Christ proclaimed and glorified throughout the earth.


"All nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name."  
— PSALM 86:9 (ESV)


Mission Statement

Our mission is to facilitate the planting of biblical, reproducing churches in targeted countries among targeted people groups through prayer, financial investments, indigenous leadership development, and the mobilization of individuals and teams.


Authorization
The Session of First Presbyterian Church has authorized the World Missions Executive Committee to act as its agent in all matters relating to World Missions.


Activities
  • Provide financial and prayer support to partners who serve on foreign fields or who have a strategic international focus.
  • Provide financial and prayer support for partnership ministries.
  • Provide financial gifts for special partner needs and ministry projects.
  • Provide financial gifts for relief agencies that help people suffering from the ravages of war, poverty, health crises, and/or natural disasters.
  • Provide self-help assistance for Christian believers in low-income environments via micro-enterprise loans and other developmental projects.
  • Maintain an evangelistic outreach to international students in the Chattanooga area through “First Friends.”
  • Send out individuals and teams on short-term missions.
  • Provide special services for partners such as free clothing from the missionary closet.
  • Hold an annual conference to cast vision and mobilize members of the congregation to pray, give, go, and serve.

committees

WORLD MISSIONS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The WMEC is responsible for: 1) establishing the policies and practices which govern the operation of World Missions, and 2) disbursing funds in support of approved ministries. 
  •     Bruce Cory,  Chairman
  •     Mike Alston
  •     Fred Decosimo, Treasurer
  •     Walt Goldston
  •     Shad Guinn
  •     Jim Lyon
  •     Sandy Pierce, Executive Director
  •     Tim Tinsley, Senior Pastor

WORLD MISSIONS COMMITTEE
The WMC is responsible for: 1) casting the vision of World Missions to the congregation of First Presbyterian Church, and 2) contributing to the overall effectiveness of the ministry. 
  •     Mike and Lynnette Alston
  •     Cathy Barker
  •     Harriet Bond
  •     Bonny Clark
  •     Bruce and Leslie Cory
  •     Elinor E.
  •     Fred Decosimo
  •     Elizabeth Fossett
  •     Walt and Cynthia Goldston
  •     Shad and Melissa Guinn
  •     Loren and Sandy Hartley
  •     Richard and Joy Hempy
  •     Betty Hodges
  •     Ed and Sally Koehn
  •     Mike and Dee Lapihuska
  •     Jim and Cindy Lyon
  •     Tom McCallie III
  •     Karen Payne
  •     Sandy Pierce
  •     Gary Reid
  •     Betsy Silberman
  •     Tim and Laura Tinsley

CANDIDATE SELECTION COMMITTEE
The Candidate Selection Committee, is responsible for selecting career partner candidates for recommendation to the WMEC for membership in the First Presbyterian Church missionary family.


WORLD RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
The World Relief and Development Committee is responsible for: 1) disbursing funds to relief agencies that help people suffering from the ravages of war, poverty, health crises, and/or natural disasters; and 2) providing self-help assistance for Christian believers in low-income environments via micro-enterprise loans and other developmental projects.
  •     Leslie Cory, Chairman
  •     Harriet Bond
  •     Bruce Cory
  •     Melissa Guinn
  •     Loren Hartley
  •     Richard and Joy Hempy
  •     Betsy Silberman

FIRST FRIENDS COMMITTEE
  •     Karen Payne, Chairman
  •     Jim and Norma Cate
  •     Andy and Lisa Fischer
  •     Charlene Hatmaker
  •     Ed and Sally Koehn
  •     Mike and Dee Lapihuska
  •     John and Liz Parkhurst
  •     Bob Payne
  •     Gary Reid
  •     Neal and Brenda Thompson   

PRAYER TEAM
The Prayer Team is responsible for overseeing an outreach to the congregation that will increase the number of members who are praying for World Missions concerns.
  •     Leslie Cory, Leader
  •     Harriet Bond
  •     Bonny Clark
  •     Bruce Cory
  •     Elizabeth Fossett
  •     Loren and Sandy Hartley
  •     Betty Hodges
  •     Betty Julian
  •     Ed and Sally Koehn
  •     Brenda Thompson
  •     Sharon Underdown

HATTIE MCCALLIE MISSIONARY CLOSET
The Hattie McCallie Missionary Closet is a ministry of World Missions that is carried out by volunteers serving on the Missionary Closet Committee.  The goal of this ministry is to provide quality clothing for furloughing missionaries and other qualifying mission enterprises.  
  •     Diane Denham Co-Chairman
  •     Priscilla George, Co-Chairman
  •     Dori Bel
  •     Susan Becquet
  •     Marilyn Bonderud
  •     Marcia Christian
  •     Mary Coleman
  •     Robbie Donaldson
  •     Lounelle Draper
  •     Tricia Elkins
  •     Martha Ford
  •     Charlotte Grant
  •     Shirley Grant
  •     Gerry Gratigny  
  •     Peggy Jones
  •     Diane McKinnon
  •     Rhonda Souder
  •     Martha Stinnett

getting involved


  • Hospitality to our partners

    Our partners frequently visit the church and need overnight housing.  Hosting a family, couple, or single is a great way to get to know our mission partners and to learn what God is doing around the world to build His Kingdom. As visits are scheduled, dates and specifics will be posted on our website calendar.
    Contact:  Elinor at elinor@1stpresbyterian.com

  • World Missions Committee

    Those who desire to serve on the WMC must have an interest in world events and a heart for the nations. The WMC is responsible for: 1) casting the vision of World Missions to the congregation of First Presbyterian Church, and 2) contributing to the overall effectiveness of the ministry. WMC meetings are held bi-monthly from 5:30pm to 7pm in Tower Room 258. 
    Contact:  Sandy at spierce@1stpresbyterian.com

  • First Friends

    Imagine going to a foreign country to study and prepare for a career not knowing anyone or how to navigate the culture. International students attending UTC long to connect with Americans and make friends. You can lovingly help a foreign student with practical needs and a positive adjustment to the American way of life. Special First Friend events are held periodically and will be posted at this website as details become available. 
    Contact:  Karen Payne at karenkpayne@comcast.net
    Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/groups/firstfriendschattanooga
    Website: www.firstfriendschat.org

  • Prayer Team

    The Prayer Team, coordinated by Leslie Cory, meets every Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm in Tower Room 403. During this time those in attendance will review partner prayer requests and spend time in prayer for the needs of the week. All are welcome to attend on any Wednesday evening.
    Contact:  Leslie Cory at lesliecory@comcast.net

  • Hattie McCallie Missionary Closet

    Donations of well-maintained, used or new clothing and accessories may be deposited at the ground stairwell of the Tower Building. Tax deductible receipts are available from the church receptionist.   


    A team of dedicated women process and prepare clothing and accessories for display in the Hattie McCallie Missionary Closet located on the sixth floor of the Tower Building.  Regularly scheduled meetings take place on the second Wednesday of each month from 9am to 12pm.  
    Contact:  Diane Denham at dianelook@comcast.net

  • Short-Term Teams

    Each Year First Presbyterian Church sends out teams to the foreign mission field.  If this is an interest of yours, check the TEAMS section of this website. 

  • Lunch Bunch

    Partners visit periodically and give briefings on their ministries in an informal lunch setting in Tower Room 404 from 12pm to 1pm. All are welcome and the option to order a lunch is offered. As lunch meetings are scheduled, dates and specifics will be listed here. 
    Contact:  Elinor at elinor@1stpresbyterian.com