First Presbyterian is a missional church, responding to God’s call to know and love our brothers and sisters in our own community and around the world. FPC’s mission engages people of all ages, including young children, youth, college students, families, and adults. FPC has several mission partners in the Atlanta area, as well as in Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica and Kenya.
Domestic Mission Partners
Atlanta Ministry with International Students (AMIS) provides hospitality for international students studying in Atlanta, connecting them with local host families and creating opportunity for cross-cultural friendship.
Childspring International is a faith-based organization providing needed surgery and other medical care, as well as hospitality, love, and emotional support for children around the world.
Refugee Resettlement: First Presbyterian Church, in partnership with Hillside Presbyterian Church and New American Pathways, helps to resettle refugee families in Atlanta, providing housing, clothing, food, healthcare, school enrollment, employment assistance, friendship and compassion. To learn more about the refugee resettlement ministry, read Rev. Greg Allen-Pickett’s blog “Hospitality, compassion and justice: Our collective call to the “ger” or watch this interview of Rev. Greg Allen-Pickett by Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters: https://youtu.be/7EWrdAKSRQg.
Villa International is an international outreach ministry providing housing and community for international students at Emory University, Georgia Tech, and the Centers for Disease Control.
First Presbyterian has also participated in domestic mission efforts in New Orleans, Louisiana through Project Homecoming, which has placed hundreds of New Orleans displaced by Hurricane Katrina in new and renovated homes.
Global Mission Partners
In Brazil, FPC has partnered with churches and organizations in and around the city of Fortaleza, focusing on relationships and projects that nourish students and expand the educational opportunities available to them.
In Cuba, FPC is building ties with the Presbyterian Church and has already been involved in the installation of water purification systems for the community. Read Rev. Greg Allen-Pickett’s blog, “See You Down at the Watering Hole!” on his expereinces in Cuba here.
In Haiti, FPC’s partners are on the rural island of La Gonave, where our joint efforts have focused on health and education, from repairing roofs and installing water purification systems to supporting student scholarships and lunch programs. Read Rev. Greg Allen-Pickett’s blog, “Generating Hope in Haiti One Loaf of Bread at a Time,” on his experiences in Haiti here.
In Honduras, FPC has partnered with local leaders and other congregations to build housing and share fellowship.
Along with local partner congregation Hillside Presbyterian Church of Decatur, Georgia, FPC partners with a church and youth support organizations in Jamaica.
Since 1995, FPC has partnered with a Presbyterian church in Kenya, helping to establish two schools (including one university) and building relationships that create opportunity for women and young people. Click here for more information about FPC’s partnership in Kenya.